Public opinion on Formula E

It has been four weeks since the first public pre-season test sessions of the FIA Formula E Championship at Donington Park. A global all-electric racing series is quite revolutionary in motorsport and it initiated a discussion about the championship’s purpose and the unique sound the cars make. shot some videos on the go and we we’re surprised by the outcome: over 102 days of watching has resulted in many likes, some dislikes and 215 comments.

Until July only the teams, Formula E employees, test drivers and engineers had seen the car live on track. Only a few videos about development work had been released to give the public a first taste of electric car racing.

The British Donington Park circuit, where all the ten teams are located, is and will be used as the official test track. The general public was able to witness the first pre-season test days early July. The organisation could count on hundreds of interested spectators each day experiencing what electric racing will be like.

As attended Formula E’s milestone, it shot some videos on the go. A few of those went viral. It resulted in 165,000 views, 148,000 minutes watched and many likes and comments. Which is great. The comments left by (motorsport) fans are the most interesting part of the results.

Sound and innovation
Most comments with argumentation were positive. Whether they are a motorsport fan or not at all, most are curious about what’s to come. One said that he doesn’t like the noise and criticises the FIA for ‘downsizing’ Formula 1, thinking about the old day with screaming F1 cars. Others pointed out that innovation would do the sport well to remain relevant and practical for car manufacturers. That is indeed one of the purposes of Formula E, to create a test bed for new automotive inventions.

About the sound? At least you don’t have to use your earplugs while experiencing racing, one said. Which is certainly true. As the electric race cars were passing by, everyone could have a normal conversation while sitting on the grandstand across the pit boxes. “I don’t understand the reason why people think sound is the only source of fun”, says another. Some said that drivers’ skills and innovation is most important to car racing. Although a few others think that it sounds like remote control cars, it is often compared with a jet engine or Star Wars.

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Tim is co-founder of and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.


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