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    Formula E

    Anyone else following the development of Formula E, then? I reckon it shows some promise - the cars look good, and there's a lot of F1 pedigree in there. Cars are built with parts from McLaren and Williams, and there's lots of ex-F1 drivers involved, either driving (Nick Heidfeld, Jarno Trulli, Sebastian Buemi, Bruno Senna, Lucas di Grassi) or running teams (Trulli again, Alain Prost).

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    The only thing that concerns me is from this BBC report:
    Social media will play a big role, with fans able to vote for their favourite drivers online. The drivers who get the most votes will be given a temporary power boost to use during the race.
    What is this, Mario Kart? I want a racing championship, not Big Brother On Wheels. First mushroom boosts, next blue shells!

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    They look like a cross between F1 and Le Mans style cars. Interesting to see McLaren being one of the early adopters. You're right about the voting part it is almost as ridiculous as the double points rule in F1 for the last race.

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    It should be an interesting formula. The vote thing will depend on exactly how it is done - giving a power boost for a few seconds a lap wouldn't much upset the main running and might make it more of a spectacle. With closely matched cars overtaking becomes very difficult (unless you are like some of the folks I come across in iRacing - who leave only two choices, let them barge pass or have a crash).

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    Been following this from the get-go with interest. I don't like the silly voting idea because groups of people are utterly stupid with nearly no exceptions. I love the cars and the tech though. The vast majority of the technology is directly from F1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    (unless you are like some of the folks I come across in iRacing - who leave only two choices, let them barge pass or have a crash.
    I believe that manouevre is called "the Maldonado".

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Been following this from the get-go with interest. I don't like the silly voting idea because groups of people are utterly stupid with nearly no exceptions. I love the cars and the tech though. The vast majority of the technology is directly from F1.
    not to mention whats to stop a team creating loads of twitter accounts and then just flooding twitter with loads of comments? what a silly idea

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    Wonder where in London they will hold this?

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    I think they mentioned the other day when they did the promo run past Buck Palace. They said it wouldn't be there but it would be.... (forgotten)

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    That picture can't be a photo... surely?

    London race is around/near Battersea isn't it?

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    Yes that's a photo, that's luca digrassi. Battersea does ring a bell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPerceptron View Post
    London race is around/near Battersea isn't it?
    Seems so: Formula E: London electric Grand Prix announced | Auto Express

    Did you mean the picture in post #1? That's from the test days last year I think, when Luca di Grassi was the official test driver (before he quit so he could join a team).

    Kind of eerie how quiet they are:

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    Funny really, I always wanted them to run an F1 race (with the old engines) through Dartford tunnel for some reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Funny really, I always wanted them to run an F1 race (with the old engines) through Dartford tunnel for some reason
    toll booths and pit stops lol one way of making overtaking easier

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    Hah! Was more about the noise

    Ala : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P3xPlishXw

    (Why they put that stupid soundtrack over the end I'll never know. There's no better music for the ears than that sound. Except perhaps when they start playing Queen with the engines - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aArSn4IhHI .)
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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Hah! Was more about the noise

    Ala : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P3xPlishXw
    By 'eck that's a lovely old racket that is, hearing that old V8 again.



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