I had a blast at the two Formula E events I volunteered, but not all experienced such an electrifying time I was lucky to have. Why? Because of the amount of downtime between sessions… How would something like that be fixed? By adding support races of course!
At present the Roborace is the only “support” series that Formula E advertises, which consists of a single DevBot putzing around the track at slow speeds while it learns the track. That series will get more interesting especially when the autonomous/driver-less cars take to the streets in anger, but we are some time away from that happening.
What could be implemented much sooner is an exciting idea announced in Ibiza, Spain earlier… a Tesla Model S based spec series called Electric GT.
I had written about that series when I first learned about it, but I feel it’s important to talk about it so that people are aware and indeed support the idea to help bring it to fruition.
Just look at the latest pix posted on electricgt.co web site:
Actual track footage of the car in Europe…
Yes, the car has so much torque it can smoke those tires easily!
The new P100D version
Simulation race, something Formula E already does letting fans take on actual professional drivers in a video game.
Even electric carts could help fill the void of having too much downtime… should some people want to remain in the grandstands instead of wandering around the eVillage.
It seems based on the calendar the Electric GT series is very Euro-focused, but the global schedule of current Formula E series is very attractive and could certainly be managed easily by the participating teams sharing expenses with Formula E.
I for one would love to see this happen. Strength is in numbers, and to keep the electric series together would bring the costs down and excite both the viewing public in attendance and the TV eyeballs entertained. Make it happen folks!