Formula E The Second Phase Begins. Watch Qualifying LIVE

It’s the opening round of the ABB Formula E World Championship and the series and the technology has ramped up quite a bit. For the first time the cars will run a complete race distance without the farcical looking car swap of previous seasons. The second generation FE car still features a control chassis but teams now have far more freedom in regard to power trains, software and suspension.

The series features some of the world’s top drivers with many recent F1 and WEC drivers making the move to the series.  For this season, Formula E has nine manufacturers on its roster – including Nissan – taking over the existing entry from Renault – and BMW linking-up with Andretti. This number is set to rise further still, with the highly-anticipated inclusion of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche in season six.

New to season five are rookies Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), Max Gunther (GEOX DRAGON), Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA RACELAB), Gary Paffett (HWA RACELAB), Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) and Felipe Massa (VENTURI
Formula E Team).
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The opening round of the Formula E seaon begins in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, where drivers will need to make their way around a tight and undulating 2.5 km track. On top of a new circuit to contend with, there are new innovations to spice up the racing even more. ATTACK MODE will see drivers go off-line in the hunt for an extra 25 kW of power to go back and challenge their rivals, while FANBOOST will now see a record five drivers receive an extra 100 kJ of energy to take the maximum power available to 250 kW.

With Formula E Media Release.