Gen 1 formula E car?

Gen 1 formula E car?

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BertBert

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13,361 posts

161 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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Not sure this is the right place, but I'm intrigued with the FE cars and wondered if it was possible to get a go in one of the gen 1 cars at a test day. Anyone know anything about where the gen 1 cars are now?

Bert

andrewcliffe

531 posts

174 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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I presume the previous FE cars are still with the various teams, although whether batteries / motors / electronics were leased or not may have rendered some of them unusable.

One was recently out in Austria racing at the GP Ice Race, including towing a guy on skis.

Contact the teams.

BertBert

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Monday 11th February 2019
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Just googling, it looks like the gen 1 cars were due to be handed back. I wonder if they are all in a shed in donington? biggrin

moffspeed

923 posts

157 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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If you wanted to mount one on your living room wall rather than driving it, one was auctioned in Paris last week (at the Retromobile show).

A show car without any mechanicals so the €11K it found seemed reasonable.

Gc285

1,213 posts

143 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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Contact Lee at Puremotion motorsport, I know he has run the cars for testing and promotional days in 2018. He might know.

BertBert

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Monday 11th February 2019
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Gc285 said:
Contact Lee at Puremotion motorsport, I know he has run the cars for testing and promotional days in 2018. He might know.
Ah, that's interesting, I know Lee, he bought a radical from me a few years back.
Thanks
Bert

BertBert

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andy97

3,728 posts

172 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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You would think it would be worth using them for a support series. Short races without need for the pit stop.

Some Gump

11,255 posts

136 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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BertBert said:
Ah, that's interesting, I know Lee, he bought a radical from me a few years back.
Thanks
Bert
Then there's a good chance I've driven your radical. Sadly, i was st at it.

Good fun though!

Graham

16,326 posts

234 months

Tuesday 19th February 2019
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Most of the Gen 1 cars were owned by Formula E, with only a couple of teams owning the cars i.e. venturi.


all the cars are the same other than the inverter/motor(s)/ transmission which was free ( within certain paramaters)

so there is probably a good chunk of proprietary technology from the likes of audi in that part of their cars that you wouldnt get. a bit like buying a 90's f1 car for 10 years plus you couldnt buy the renault v10 to go with it.

Some of the spares from spark were getting a bit thin towards the end of last season as the concentrated on the gen 2 car.


Your biggest problem is probably going to be someone to supply you the batteries, as they had a team from williams looking after them, which has probably now been disbanded as iirc the gen 2 battery is mclaren.

I can imagine running one would be a huge pain in the ass without something organised by fe. it would be much easier and cheaper to drop in a combustion engine and trans hehe

stavers

201 posts

96 months

Tuesday 19th February 2019
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I am not sure how it would work for a track day but for test days / competitions you would find the chances of being able to run somewhere close to 0 (on the high side!).

At the moment, Motorsport UK adhere to the FIA regulations for running any hybrid or EV vehicles (even just for demonstration runs) which require fully trained rescue crews, all the full PPE and 40,000 litres (no - that's not a typo) of water to be on standby just in case of an accident. Full requirements are here: https://www.motorsportuk.org/assets/guidance-hybri...

So far, no venue has the capability to cope with these requirements at all. Formula E is only allowed to run because they ferry an entire support crew with the series that is a "self-contained" rescue system and which complies with all safety requirements.

Of course, for private use none of that applies but would be worth thinking about.

BertBert

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Tuesday 19th February 2019
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That answers that then! I guess it's fairly obvious when pointed out!
Cheers
Bert