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expand item FFE Eight manufacturers homologated for season two 5th Aug 2015
FFE: Eight manufacturers homologated for season two by Mathias Olaf Uncertain
5th Aug 2015
The interweb has been flooded with ePress Releases announcing that the FIEh? has officially homologated the eight manufacturers that will provide powertrains to the ten teams that will participate in the upcoming second season of the Formula E championship.

For those readers whose first language is English, that means that motorsport's governing body has approved eight engines for use in next season's Formula E championship.

OK, so we're beginning to understand why the sport insists on using "powertrain" when it means "engine", because modern engines aren't just an engine, but include a whole series of things like the e-motor, the inverter, the gearbox and the cooling system, but for the sake of the deity of your choice, so did old engines. And the advantage of the word "engine" is that it already has an "e" at either end, which makes it almost the perfect word for FIEh? Formula E's hyperactive mark-e-ting department™. It's not a mere engine, it's an e-ngine or an eNGINe or possibly an engine.

But that doesn't excuse the use of a complicated piece of jargon like "homologated", which, when all's said and done, at the end of the day and when push comes to shove, just means "agreed". I think we're meant to believe that some kind of complicated process has taken place in which it has been recorded (log) that the engines, or powertrains, if you insist, are all basically the same (homo). But, no. Someone has just looked at the engine spec and said "Yes, that looks OK to me."

All of which is only slightly more interesting than the actual news which is that most of the teams have produced their own engine, apart from Drag Racing, who are borrowing Vetinari's engine, and Aduki who are going the MotherRussia route and using last year's, meaning that, technically, the FIEh? have, in fact, agreed nine engines for use in season two. Ha! Homologate that, fuckers!

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expand item FFE All-Electric series to race in Galapagos Islands 28th Jul 2015
expand item Etc Mallory Park plans 2014 racing return 9th Dec 2013
expand item TRS Piquet's younger son to make racing debut in Tonkatoyota Racing Series 9th Dec 2013
expand item RTF1 ANTARA™ Pre-Season Testing Championships - Full Results 19th Apr 2013
expand item GP3 dotdotdotcomma granted exclusive access to GP3 testing at Silverstone 5th Apr 2013
expand item EF3 Brit wins EuroF3 Pre-Season Testing Title 4th Apr 2013
expand item WSxR Late pre-season cliffhanger for FRenault 3.5 27th Mar 2013
expand item FRE Sacré bleurgh! a frenchman leads ANTARA™ FRenault 2.0 Eurocup Pre-Season Testing shocque horreur! 23rd Mar 2013
expand item GP2 Gallardo crowned 2013 GP2 Pre-Season Testing Champion 16th Mar 2013

KEY TO SERIES NAMES (hovering over the abbreviations in the table above also shows the full series name)
EF3F3 Euroseries
Amalgam of french and German F3 premier leagues, which has cheekily been challenging British F3's supremacy.
EtcEverything Else
Other stuff that either happens in the wrong place (off road) or with the wrong number of wheels.
FFEFIA Formula E
All-electric single seater racing series. Sounds like a swarm of angry wasps.
FREFormula Renault Eurocup
Single-seater series that does exactly what is says on the tin.
The former Formula 2, now twice-renamed and god alone knows why.
Junior formula designed to (a) rival F3, and (2) muddy even further the already confused Road To F1 (TM)
RTF1The Road To F1
Where we can't slot an item into a particular feeder series, we'll fudge it into this category. We're nothing if not flexible.
TRSToyota Racing Series
New Zealand-based series, which uses Formula Renault-type chassis mated to Toyota Celica engines. Sounds like fun.
WSxRWorld Series by Renault
The FRenault V6 Eurocup and World Series by Nissan successor, as much of a World Series as baseball; aka Formula Renault 3.5 for some reason.