Formula E and HKT Hong Kong E-Prix Explained2019/02/15
(February 15, 2019, Hong Kong) – The 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix will take place on Sunday March 10 on the Central Harbourfront street circuit with the world-renowned Hong Kong skyline as backdrop.
As the ABB FIA Formula E Championship continues to grow in popularity across the globe, and the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix firmly establishing itself as one of the key highlights in the city’s events calendar, fans are now more curious than ever before in learning more about the championship – its origin, what it stands for, and where it is heading.
As such, Formula E Racing (Hong Kong) Limited has created the following factsheet with key highlights to enhance the understanding of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the HKT Hong Kong E-Prix.
– The ABB FIA Formula E Championship (Formula E) is a class of motor racing that uses electric-powered cars only with the inaugural championship starting in Beijing in September 2014
– Now in season five, Formula E boasts of 13 races across five continents with 22 drivers competing for 11 teams
– Hong Kong hosted two races last season, which were won by Sam Bird and Felix Rosenqvist, while Jean-Eric Vergne won the overall series
– The HKT Hong Kong E-Prix reaches 1.86km with 10 turns, including two hairpins, and a 555m main straight. The race format is 45 minutes plus one lap, which means once the 45 minutes is up drivers have to complete one extra lap .
– The Gen2 car, which made its debut this season, can touch 100km/h (60mph) in just 2.8 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 280km/h (174mph)
– With a new and improved battery, Gen2 cars can complete a full race with no pit stop
– One of the new on-track features this year is the ‘ATTACK MODE’, where drivers will be able to access 225kW of power via a special activation zones on the track (maximum power available during race mode is 200kW)
– FANBOOST will continue to allow fans to vote for their favourite driver to receive an extra boost of 100kJ of energy during the race
– BMW and Nissan joined Formula E this season, while Mercedes-Benz and Porsche confirmed their involvement from season six