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Offline Jeremy RUK  
#1 Posted : 20 November 2014 17:12:21(UTC)

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Race preview:

After the hugely successful opening round in Beijing, the FIA Formula E Championship heads for Malaysia this weekend. For the second ever ePrix, the 40 Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seaters entered will battle it out on the streets of Putrajaya, known as the “World’s First Intelligent Garden City”, on Saturday, 22 November.

A pioneer in motorsport, sustainable mobility and track-to-road technology transfers for the last 115 years, Renault successfully opened a new chapter in the history of the Brand on the streets of Beijing in September.
Involved in the project since its inception in 2012, the Renault Sport teams saw their work come to life in China. With the technical solutions confirmed in terms of their reliability, safety and performance, the aim is to keep the momentum gathered at the opening round going on the streets of Putrajaya.

Planned as a sustainable city, almost half of the surface area of Malaysia’s administrative centre is given over to green spaces and it boasts one of the largest artificial lakes in the world, which the competitors will drive alongside on the 2.5-kilometre long circuit. Putrajaya is one of the first cities to have developed an all-electric car sharing programme, in which the Renault vehicles Twizy and Zoé are included.

In the midst of this intense sporting programme, in which practice, qualifying and the race will all be held on the same day, Renault will electrify the track before the start of the race with a show demonstrating the qualities of Zoé and Twizy, the flagship models of Renault’s Z.E. range. Ever committed to bringing the action closer to the public, Renault will also offer spectators the chance to try out these vehicles in the eVillage.

Offering a new challenge to the dynamic qualities of the Spark-Renault SRT01_E single-seaters, the Putrajaya circuit features twelve turns, including several high-speed corners and a tight hairpin. Split by the first-corner chicane, the start-finish straight will provide one of the most spectacular parts of the circuit. Slipstreaming is expected to play an important role in overtaking and in managing energy throughout the race distance of 31 laps.

“After a very successful opening round, we head for Malaysia looking to confirm our technical solutions,” stated Roberto Dlacic, Renault Sport Technologies Engineer assigned to the FIA Formula E Championship. “Our goals are unchanged: provide the teams with a single-seater that is increasingly reliable, safe and fast, whilst ensuring absolute fairness for the teams as well. We have, for example, reinforced the gearbox installation in order to meet the specific challenges posed by city-centre circuits more effectively. We will also be looking at the performances achieved on this circuit, which is very different to Beijing in terms of the lateral forces placed on the powertrain.”
Offline fastdave  
#2 Posted : 20 November 2014 22:33:35(UTC)

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Live on ITV4 from 5am.

Shame they're not using Sepang as it would make a good comparison with F1.
Offline Marc_250  
#3 Posted : 21 November 2014 09:57:40(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: fastdave Go to Quoted Post
Live on ITV4 from 5am.

Shame they're not using Sepang as it would make a good comparison with F1.

I don't think the Formula E cars would suit such a track. Huge straights and long circuit. Don't have the straight line speed or battery life for it.
Offline Marc_250  
#4 Posted : 22 November 2014 09:40:29(UTC)

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Offline Jeremy RUK  
#5 Posted : 23 November 2014 20:09:03(UTC)

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Spectacular fightbacks, fiercely-contested racing and a host of popular attractions combined to create a fantastic atmosphere at this Saturday’s Putrajaya ePrix. The second ever race in the history of the FIA Formula E Championship served to confirm the growing enthusiasm for the new racing category. In the heart of the “World's First Intelligent Garden City”, the 20 Spark-Renault SRT01_E drivers once again put on a very high quality sporting spectacle.

Following the success of the inaugural round of the FIA Formula E Championship in Beijing in September, all of the teams and partners involved in the new series were looking for further confirmation in Putrajaya.

A key player since the start of the project, the Renault Sport teams had not rested on their laurels since the opening race. Their never-ending search for complete reliability, maximum safety and optimized architecture led them to strengthen the gearbox installation in order to meet the demands of racing on the streets of Malaysia’s administrative centre.

Mission accomplished, as once again the Spark-Renault SRT01_E race cars experienced no technical problems during this, the second ever ePrix. The single-seaters also proved to be robust and safe again, as the drivers who went off the Putrajaya circuit would confirm. The characteristics of the circuit equally enabled the drivers to show off their skills, as fans were treated to a series of closely-contested battles and incredible fightbacks throughout the 31 race laps.

Before the start, the enthusiastic crowd was thrilled by a brand-new electric vehicle on-track demo, showcasing the performances of the Renault ZE range. Many spectators also took the opportunity to test drive the brand’s flagship models, ZOE and Twizy, in the eVillage during the day.

In a dramatic, incident-packed day, Nicolas Prost (e.dams Renault) relinquished pole position to Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing), following the penalty he was given in Beijing. On lap five, Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) got past the Catalan and held the lead until he came into the pits to change cars. Third in Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2012, the British driver retook the lead four laps from the end when he overtook Daniel Abt (Audi Sport ABT), who was on a different strategy. He went on to secure the win, ahead of Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) and Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault), both of whom had fought their way through the field from the back of the grid.

The Brazilian continues to lead the championship standings going into the next round at Punta del Este, in Uruguay, on December 13.


1. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT), 43 points
2. Sam Bird (Virgin Racing), 40
3. Franck Montagny (Andretti), 18
4. Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault), 18
5. Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing), 18
6. Karun Chandhok (Mahindra Racing), 18
7. Sébastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault), 15
8. Charles Pic (Andretti), 12
9. Oriol Servia (Dragon Racing), 12
10. Nelson Piquet Jr (China Racing), 4

1. Audi Sport ABT, 45 points
2. Virgin Racing, 44
3. e.dams-Renault, 33
4. Andretti, 30
5. Dragon Racing, 30
6. Mahindra Racing, 18
7. Amlin Aguri, 6
8. China Racing, 4
9. Venturi, 2
10. Trulli, 0
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