Last weekend’s Formula E season-opener in Hong Kong kicked off Season 4 in style.
The action certainly kept the 3SixtyWraps team busy. We were right there in the heart of the action providing support and repair work to several top teams, including Renault eDams, DS Virgin Racing and Panasonic Jaguar.
With Season 4 underway, our thoughts have turned to what lies ahead for Formula E fans in Season 5. With a number of changes planned, including the introduction of a new chassis, we’re facing up to the fact that this season will be the last time we’ll wrap a four-car team from scratch.
In this post 3SixtyWrap’s owner, Nick Kenway, shares his thoughts on what we can expect from next Season 5’s design.
Q: Do you know if 3SixtyWraps will be wrapping the redesigned Formula E car in 2018?
“Assuming we don’t do anything bad this year then yes!” Nick says with a chuckle. “I retain a lot of the customers I have from season to season. I assume I’ll be wrapping for the customers I work for – fingers crossed. We are very fortunate and proud to have such a loyal customer base within the Formula E community who love the work we do.”
Q: What are you expecting from Season 5’s car design?
“Nobody will see it until the early part of next year. Not even the teams have seen it yet. It’s proper hush hush. The renders are online and if it looks anything like them it will look awesome. It’s very different to the current car – it’s more Le Mans style bodywork as opposed to single-seater bodywork.
“It has been designed by Bugatti, so we think it will be pretty futuristic. We can’t wait to see the final design unveiled next year. Watch this space – whatever Bugatti come up with will be amazing, that’s for sure.
“What it’s like to wrap will be another story! Until I see it it’s hard to tell what it will be like to wrap and, even then, it’s hard to know until you see it in the flesh and get your hands on it.”
Q: This year you got to work with graphic designer Sean Ball for the Dragon team. What was that like?
“He’s a really well-known designer and it was great to have the chance to work with him. He does a lot of cool stuff and a lot of renders of retro liveries which we love. This year he worked with Dragon and designed their cars and all their branding.
“We liaised with him for the wrap and design of the car.
“He was very complimentary about what we have done and our working processes too which was great. He was a really nice guy to work for and we would be honoured to work with him again.”
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With only days left until Formula E Season 3 gets underway in Hong Kong, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the exciting new developments for this year. From new drivers to the amazingly futuristic Roborace – we have all the details for you here.
Each team is still limited to one new set of tires per car for each race weekend, but Michelin has introduced a more energy efficient version of its treaded 18-inch Formula E types. Not only will they come up to temperature faster, they’ll have less rolling resistance and reduced weight.
This change will be hard to miss. A new front wing has been introduced to help differentiate the championship from other motorsports. This bold alteration is certain to help carve out a strong visual identity for the sport.
The decision has been made to reduce the number of points given for the fastest lap from two point to one. This follows the epic battle in the season finale of season two between Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi to claim the two points and ultimately secure the title. Many expressed the view that it could be seen as unsporting that an entire season could be decided by just one lap.
The opening practice session will now begin at 8am, instead of 8:15. Don’t forget to set your alarms!
Panasonic Jaguar Racing confirmed their entry early last month, signalling that global brands are placing a great deal of importance in the world’s first fully-electric racing series and electrification.
TECHEETAH, a Chinese-owned team have stepped forward to take over Team Aguri. Early indications in pre-season testing point towards a promising performance this season.
In addition to the new team entries above, Dragon Racing have partnered with American-based technology company Faraday Future.
We are all very excited to watch Roborace get underway. As the first ever autonomous racing car series, Roborace will form part of the Foruma E support package.
Formula E welcomes five new drivers this season:
Adam Carroll – Panasonic Jaguar Racing
Former A1GP champion, Carroll’s career has seen him race in IndyCar, DTM and for Porsche in the GT-Am class of the World Endurance Championship.
Maro Engel – Venturi
Mercedes-AMG works driver Engel has previously competed in British F3 and spent three years racing in the DTM. He also spent a year competing in the V8 Supercar series in Australia.
Mitch Evans – Panasonic Jaguar Racing
Has competed in the GP2 with a variety of teams and was the 2012 GP3 champion.
Jose Maria Lopez – DS Virgin Racing
Reigning World Touring Car Champion, Argentinian Lopez was a contemporary of Lewis Hamilton in single-seaters.
Felix Rosenqvist – Mahindra Racing
Rosenqvist defended his Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix title last season in supreme style, showing incredible skill and ability on one of the toughest street racing tracks around.
Five new cities have been added to the calendar this year, including Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Brussels, Montreal and New York. Be sure to tune in and watch every race to catch a glimpse of the fantastic skylines and cityscapes on offer in these incredible locations.
At 3SixtyWraps, motorsport graphics are our speciality. That’s why some of the leading teams in Formula E turn to us for pin-point precision and incredibly tight turnaround times. If you’re looking for reliable, flawless, lightning-quick vehicle wraps, make 3SixtyWraps your co-driver. For more information, give our team a call on 01604 645 826 or complete an online enquiry form and we’ll get right back to you with details of how we can help.
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