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London Eprix set to be fastest of the season according to Senna

23/06/2015

Avis Car Rental EMEA Sponsors Mahindra Racing Formula E Team at Inaugural London ePrix

Formula E racing driver, Bruno Senna is predicting that the London ePrix at Battersea will be one of the fastest races of the inaugural Formula E electric car race season. In an interview filmed with Avis Car Rental EMEA, sponsors of the Mahindra Racing Formula E team, he also revealed that he expects drivers to find controlling the car during overtaking manoeuvres challenging due to the prominent crowning along some stretches of the track and that the Battersea circuit should provide fans with a thrilling conclusion to the sports first race series. The London ePrix takes place at Battersea Park on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June.

The Battersea track, designed using the existing perimeter roads of the park, features two straights long enough for the drivers to reach their top race speeds of 140 mph and a total of 17 turns including one high speed bend. At 2.922 km, it is one of the longest circuits in the Formula E calendar, only Beijing is longer (3.44km). Avis has mapped the Battersea track using its Avis Driving Ratio (ADR) which is based on the four key phases of a drive: bends, acceleration, cruising and braking and rates the track at 4.2 confirming Senna’s thoughts that the track should be the fastest of any of the European Formula E circuits, with drivers having the opportunity to spend 4.2 seconds on the straight for every second spent cornering.

How the European tracks compare

Circuit Length/Km Number of bends % short straights ADR
Monaco 1.76 12 90% 1.9
Berlin 2.47 17 86% 2.1
Moscow 2.29 13 60% 3.8
London 2.92 17 81% 4.2

The London race is the only circuit in the Formula E calendar to be based entirely in a city park, with all the other races taking place on streets. The surroundings for the London race include one stretch of track which passes through a promenade of overhanging trees, which will provide an unusually tranquil setting for the drivers. In the Avis interview, Senna described the experience of driving the Mahindra electric race car as surprisingly peaceful due to the quiet nature of the engines, and also spoke of how the drivers can actually hear the crowd cheering during the race which has been an unusual, but welcomed, addition to his motor racing experience.

Motor enthusiasts looking for driving experiences that may give them a glimpse of what it’s like to experience the intensity of a circuit like Battersea, could take a trip to Saxony in Germany, where the beautiful but testing S165 from Hohnstein to Bad Schandau has an ADR of 3.8 – three seconds spent driving on the straight for every second spent cornering, making it one of the world’s most-challenging drives. Like the Battersea circuit, the Saxony route is situated alongside a river, in this case the River Elbe. The 43 km route demands drivers’ full attention as it features 63 bends along narrow roads, testing both their skills and the performance of their car.

The London ePrix encompasses two races; the final two rounds of the inaugural 2014/2015 season. 20 Formula E drivers including Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok, the two Avis sponsored Mahindra Racing Team drivers, will tackle a mixture of fast straights, high-speed bends, challenging chicanes and braking zones over the course of two full days.

Troy Warfield, Group Commercial and Licensee Director, Avis Budget Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), comments, “Our involvement with the Mahindra Racing Formula E team takes us into new territory supporting an exciting new motorsport.

The Avis sponsorship deal with the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team includes Avis branding prominently displayed on the cars raced by Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok as well as in the team garage.