It might have only celebrated the end of its first season last week, but Formula E — the FIA’s first and only single-seat all-electric race series — has already started to plan for its second season, ten teams and twenty drivers already signed up to make the 2015/16 season as memorable as the last.
With pre-season testing for next year due to start in just over a month’s time, we’re already looking forward to the next season, but we can’t bring you details of next year’s race calendar yet because it hasn’t been finalised by the FIA. While we can’t bring you official details of next year’s FIA Formula E championship however, we do have one date for your diary: September 15.
That’s the date that Microsoft and Turn 10 studios releases the sixth incarnation of the popular Forza Motorsport race sim for Microsoft Xbox, which will include not only race favourites like the BMW M3, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and Ferrari Enzo, but all confirmed Formula E teams for the 2015/16 season.
“The Forza Garage is now open! At E3 2015 we pulled back the curtain on Forza Motorsport 6 for the first time, including revealing 117 of the more than 450 cars that will make up the Forza 6 car list,” Forza’s Brian Ekberg said in an official press release last week. “Starting now and leading up to the release of Forza Motorsport 6 on Sept. 15, we’ll be revealing more details each week on the full car list for the game, including additional information on the new tracks being brought to the racing world as well.”
“Today’s Forza Garage announcement kicks off with a bang with the announcement of ten FIA Formula E cars making their debuts in Forza Motorsport 6. The original 2014 Renault Spark SRT_01E made its worldwide debut in Forza Motorsport 5 as a DLC car – this time, the entire field of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E season will be represented for the first time in a console racing game,” he said.
The undisputed king of Xbox racing simulations, Forza pits drivers against other drivers in online racing tournaments, as well as offering drivers the chance to build their own careers offline by racing artificial intelligence drivers on some of the world’s most spectacular race courses. Covering everything from standard production vehicles through to high-end luxury cars and full-blooded race cars, Forza has plenty to keep car fans happy.
It’s also catered to electric vehicle fans for several years, with previous versions of Forza listing the Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Roadster among its many stock cars.
As a driver’s skill level increases throughout the race, points are awarded for placing in each of the individual races, with those points transferring to credits which can be exchanged for new cars, performance upgrades, and tuning. While some races are only open to street-legal vehicles, others are geared towards high-power, heavily-modified vehicles.
We’re not sure how that process will apply to Formula E cars, since under current FIA regulations for Formula E, cars must use the same drivetrain, battery pack and chassis as each other. Even the tyres used — a specially designed compound from Michelin for Formula E — are carefully stipulated in the rules.
For this reason, we’re not sure how Formula E will transfer from the streets of some of the world’s biggest cities to the virtual race tracks of Forza MotorSport 6 — but we’re excited to find out when the game debuts this fall.
As for other cars? The full list of 450+ cars hasn’t been released by Turn 10 yet, but we can tell you that both the diesel electric hybrid Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP car, as well as Tesla’s flagship Model S P85D sports sedan.
We can’t wait…
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