Formula E is an open wheel motorsport category in which all cars are powered by electricity. It visits world renowned cities such as Hong Kong, Paris and New York, and races through challenging city centre circuits which leave no room for error. As well as producing exciting and close racing, Formula E puts the fans first; for example it has a system called FanBoost which allows fans to vote for their favourite drivers, with the top 3 receiving a temporary boost in power which they can use to help gain or defend positions during the race. Now, to bring fans even closer they can build their own Minifig scale Formula E car of their favourite teams and drivers, recreating the fun filled action and excitement seen at each race. These models are designed to fit in with the existing Speed Champions products.
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Each Formula E team must use the same chassis, the Spark SRT-01E, but they are permitted to develop their own powertrains. The other aspect of the car unique to each team is the livery, and the teams pride themselves on having some of the most vibrant and eye-catching liveries seen in modern motorsport. Each car in this set is 142 bricks approximately. Here are the three featured:
- MS Amlin Andretti ATEC-02: This team is owned by American Michael Andretti, son of the legendary Indycar and F1 champion Mario Andretti. The team's powertrain manufacturer is BMW. The team has five Formula E podiums to it's name but no wins as of yet.
- ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport FE02: Run by team principal Hans-Jurgen Abt, the Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport team won the first ever Formula E race in dramatic fashion after a last corner crash at the 2014 Beijing ePrix, and have since won three more races with their driver Lucas Di Grassi. The team was runner-up in the 2015/16 championship and will be looking to retain that position this season thanks to close support from manufacturer Audi.
- Mahindra M3 Electro: The only Indian team in the series is run by Dilbagh Gill and owned by car manufacturer Mahindra. They had a tough start to Formula E, but they're now starting to improve their on track performance as they started the current season with two strong podiums and their first ever pole position. They'll be hoping to maintain 3rd position in this year's championship.
There are 10 teams in total and you can see models made for each of them in the Lego Digital Designer screenshot above. All cars will also include sponsor stickers for authenticity.
- Antonio Felix Da Costa: Winner of the 2015 Buenos Aires ePrix, 25 year old Antonio Felix Da Costa (AFDC for short) is a BMW-backed driver with a pedigree of success in open wheel and touring cars. He races with a white helmet.
- Robin Frijns: 25 year old Dutchman Robin Frijns is in his second season of Formula E, remaining with the Andretti team after a spectacular debut season which saw him on the podium in his second ever race. He drives in a red helmet.
Abt Schaeffler Audi
- Lucas Di Grassi: 32 year old Brazilian Di Grassi is one of the top drivers in the championship. A former F1 and Le Mans driver with Audi, in FE Lucas has achieved 16 podiums, including 4 wins. Last season Di Grassi narrowly lost out on the driver's title to Sebastian Buemi after a dramatic collision in the final race at London's Battersea Park. He races in a green helmet.
- Daniel Abt: The 24 year old son of team owner Hans-Jurgen Abt, Daniel has performed admirably in Formula E with four podiums. He is very active on social media and provides lots of content for his fans, encouraging them to vote for him on FanBoost. He races in a black helmet.
- Felix Rosenqvist: A newcomer to FE this season, 25 year old Swede Rosenqvist has impressed, scoring pole position and a podium in only his second Formula E race and setting fastest lap in the two others. Felix is an expert at street circuits, and even quite talented at driving in video games, finishing a close runner up in the $1 Million Las Vegas FE eRace. He races in a blue helmet.
- Nick Heidfeld: A hardened veteran of the Formula 1 circuit, 39 year old German Nick Heidfeld holds the record for the most podium finishes without a Grand Prix victory. Heidfeld had a dramatic start to Formula E with Venturi, challenging Nico Prost for victory in Beijing until they made contact at the last corner, sending Heidfeld into a frightening accident. Since then he has changed teams to Mahindra and achieved three podiums, proving that you can never count him out. Nick races in a chrome black helmet.
I am considering adding other accessories/set pieces such as a FanBoost board (Much like the one on the FE website which tracks driver's positions during the FanBoost voting) and a garage awning with mechanics/personnel helping a driver to do a car swap. (Each driver uses two cars per race in order to make the full distance) I will try and add these in updates later on.
Risks and challenges:
- Licensing: Potentially a big issue as this will need the approval of all the featured teams, their sponsors, drivers and Formula E themselves. However, Formula E's support series, Roborace, has already partnered up with Lego Speed Champions and placed the logo on the Roborace car; this means that a Roborace set is quite likely to be announced in the future. If the support series with close ties to FE decides to go for the Lego option, how long until the main series follows suit? In terms of attracting a younger audience, which is what both Formula E and Roborace set out to do, it makes perfect sense.
- Parts issues: For a single set you can only really include a maximum of about 3 teams; as well as Abt, Andretti and Mahindra, the Renault e.Dams, Venturi, Dragon and Jaguar cars can also be created using existing colour parts. However, the NEXTEV NIO, DS Virgin and Techeetah teams cannot currently be created due to the nonexistence of certain rare colour parts used in their designs.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my product; if successful we can drive the future together...We just need to build it first though.