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It's coming down to the line. After months if not years of preparation, the inaugural Formula E championship will kick off in just over a month from now with the world's first all-electric formula race in Beijing. But before the series can get there, it needs to practice.

The teams participating in the first season have already undertaken a series of test sessions, but have now assembled for a full simulation race. The dress rehearsal took place at Donington Park in the UK, where the series and the teams are based, each team bringing out all four of its cars to give the drivers, the crews, the marshals – everyone involved except the cheering crowds – a chance to practice how the race will go down once the championship kicks off next month. Watch the footage below to see how it all went down.
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Organisers reveal timetable for new global electric race series

DONINGTON PARK, UK (August 11 2014): Formula E has completed two full event simulations as the world's first all-electric single-seater championship gears up for its first race in Beijing on September 13.

Both events took place at Leicestershire's Donington Park, where a temporary pitlane and pitboxes were assembled to mimic those that will be in place at the street circuits the series will visit. Accreditation procedures, operational and IT infrastructures and even television broadcasts were also meticulously tested.

During the second simulation, for the first time the 10 teams ran all four of their cars as the two non-qualifying sessions, qualifying and an endurance test were completed to the schedule that will take place at the races.

This meant that all of the teams and drivers had the opportunity to simulate the unique car change pitstops – and at the second simulation – a full standing start.

While a number of issues were encountered, which was the reason for running the simulation, overall the events were considered to be a success.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: "Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation. We want the Formula E Beijing ePrix to a fantastic spectacle, which is why we're leaving nothing to chance by rigorously testing all the systems beforehand. Overall we're very pleased with how things went."

Organisers have also revealed the raceday timetable for each Formula E event, which takes place all in one day. The 10 teams and 20 drivers will have two non-qualifying sessions in the morning – lasting 45 minutes and 30 minutes - followed by a qualifying session split into four groups of five cars with the order selected at random beforehand. The race itself will last approximately 60 minutes with the race distance (exact number of laps) determined on the day.

The final Formula E pre-season test takes place at Donington Park on August 19 with free admission to the public. Some 4000 fans have already pre-registered their interest for the last opportunity to see the cars and drivers before the season opener.

For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com. To register for the final Formula E test click here: http://www.donington-park.co.uk/events/formula-e-testing/2014/08/19/fia-formula-e-official-test/

FIA Formula E Championship – Raceday timetable:
08:15 - 09:00 Non qualifying practice 1
10:30 – 11:00 Non qualifying practice 2
12:00 - 12:10 Qualifying group 1
12:15 – 12:25 Qualifying group 2
12:30 – 12:40 Qualifying group 3
12:45 – 12:55 Qualifying group 4
16:00 Race (laps depended on circuit)

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Dave D
      • 8 Months Ago
      I bet they'll have more overtaking than F1 since they won't be so dependent on aero down force. It will be interesting to see. It will get better as it goes on and there is more freedom for the teams to develop their own tech and eventually get rid of the silly car swapping. But I'm really looking forward to this.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is boring since the batteries and weight of the batteries limit high rev. Formula E have a top speed of 220 km /h Formula 1 have a top speed for 360 km /h Formula 3000 has more powerful cars than Formula E.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Fan excitement is all about closely matched cars and not necessarily top speed. The Bugatti Veyron can go 240 mph; but, it is a lousy track car. Are you biased toward ICE cars; don't like change? perhaps a ICE noise addict.?
        • 8 Months Ago
        When gonna batteries replace all ice gasoline|diesel cars and trucks.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Is everyone pushing the cars around the track in the title picture because the batteries died???? All kidding aside, this is kind of cool; the real question will be how much hydrocarbon based fuel was used to obtain the materials necessary for the cars and batteries? The general public refuses to acknowledge that obtaining rare earth minerals for these batteries is a significant impact on the environment that the batteries use in their application cannot offset. Any way you slice it, the process of making a battery and using a battery is a system, from start to finish. Any system has a degree of inefficiency; in this case, batteries using rare earth minerals are simply pushing the inefficiencies to another part of the equation, away from the uninformed, narrow view of the general public. Formula E? Cool, torque, torque, torque...powering all of this? In Beijing? I have been to Beijing multiple times...never has the air been good over there. Most likely coal-fired power plants. What's the point?
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