5 amazing facts that make Formula E the perfect Formula One for the techhead

Never heard of Formula E? Then it’s time to sit up, pay attention and have a glimpse into the future of racing
5 amazing facts that make Formula E the perfect Formula One for the techhead

Combine 10 teams of 20 drivers and 40 cars with a large dollop of future tech. What you'll get is a truly electrifying race.

1) Fans can impact results

5 amazing facts that make Formula E the perfect Formula One for the techhead

Social media can make or break you. And in this case, it can mean defeat or victory for the 10 participating teams via FanBoost. What's that, you ask? It's simple. Fans can vote for their favourite drivers on the Formula E site or via app, and the top three drivers with the most votes will receive a boost during the race.

Only effective from the second lap of the race onwards, the driver will be able to pull a lever to increase their car power from 202bhp to 240bhp for five seconds to charge their way ahead. Pretty much like a racing game.

2) It is much, much quieter

Compared to the ear-shredding roar of the typical Formula One racer, the average Formula E vehicle positively purrs. The sound it emits has been likened to that of the Millenium Falcon and reaches only 80 decibels. So if you're watching FE race live, you'll leave with your hearing intact.

Its relative quiet means that the race can be held in the city centre as opposed to the inaccessible outskirts of a city.

3) Music rules

5 amazing facts that make Formula E the perfect Formula One for the techhead

Thanks to the lowered volume of the cars' engines, music isn't a filler during the intervals but is an active contributing component to the atmosphere. Known as the EJ (instead of DJ), the music maestro mixes live according to what's happening on the track for completely holistic hype. If you like what you hear, the music will be available for download later in the season in true techy fashion.

4) Pit stops are different

5 amazing facts that make Formula E the perfect Formula One for the techhead

All 40 cars are built by Spark Racing Technologies, a company created specially for the race and are powered by 28KW/h batteries which are sealed in the vehicle. As such, drivers pull into pit stops to swap cars halfway through the race. They only get one set of wheels per car, forcing new racing strategies. But that's not to mean the cars are any less sluggish. 202bhp ensure that they zip by in a 225kph blur of special 18-inch treaded wheels and Dallara-designed car.

5) Even the safety cars are teched out

5 amazing facts that make Formula E the perfect Formula One for the techhead

Not all safety cars are created equal, especially not Formula E's. The course cars - the BMW i3 and i8 - are made even cooler by the fact that they're the pioneering recipients of Qualcomm's wireless charging technology. Not being tethered means that once the safety car is called upon, the driver can be instantaneously dispatched without having to waste a single second detaching the car from the charging station. He can simply drive off the charging pad.

What's even better is that all the tech showcased at Formula E will one day make it into the electric car you'll be driving in the future so Formula E isn't just a racing event to gawk at, it's a preview of your electric car to come.