A scorching double-header race weekend in New York brought the curtain down on Season 5 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, after a breathless 12-stop world tour that begyb亚博体育手机客户端 with the inaugural Saudi E-Prix last December.
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Another first was the introduction of the Jaguar I-Pace eTROPHY support races. This pioneering championship used Jaguar’s multi-award-winning all-electric I-PACE SUV as the base vehicle for a racing version of the same car yb亚博体育手机客户端d the fleet relied year-long on custom-made ABB Terra 53 chargers for power. Jaguar’s commitment to e-mobility through its double electric-racing program was honored at the series’ end-of-season gala, with the award of the ABB Formula E ‘Climate Champion’ prize.
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Competition was intense throughout the year, with eight drivers from eight teams winning the first eight races. But by season’s end, defending champion Jeyb亚博体育手机客户端-éric Verge prevailed, to become the first multiple ABB Formula E champion. His Techeetah squad won the teams’ title.
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A new race destination, South Korea’s capital Seoul, will give the championship further presence in Asia, alongside two Chinese rounds yb亚博体育手机客户端d the championship will return to London, with a new venue at the ExCel Arena, for the twin-race finale in July 2020.
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