Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
For the second time, viewers will benefit from the unique and immersive footage provided by on-board cameras fitted into the nose cone and rear rain light of each car. These mounting locations are exclusive to the Formula E series and provide broadcasters with two previously unseen camera angles. These two locations will also let broadcasters deliver an existing and consistent picture quality to viewers, especially if the second race takes place in monsoon conditions which will make capturing clear images particularly challenging.
This latest development is the result of Vislink working closely with the FIA to ensure these new camera mount positions were crash tested and approved before the Formula E series began. As part of Vislink’s involvement in Formula E, 40 race cars have been pre-loomed to accept wireless cameras and transmitters. Formula E has the flexibility to make 20 cars “live” at any given time.
“The Formula E Championship is an exciting step forward for motor racing and we’re thrilled and privileged to be a part of it. The series is already on the cutting edge of motorsport. Now we’re pushing what’s possible from a broadcast perspective, delivering two new camera angles that are not currently available in any other live racing series.”
Raj Kotecha, On-board Project Director, Vislink
Vislink’s Gigawave HD on-board camera and H.264 video transmission systems will be used for all races in the fully electric Formula E Championship, capturing real-time close up action from the track and pit lanes.
The Formula E series kicked off in September. The championship will feature nine further rounds taking place in cities around the world, running through to June 2015. 10 teams (each with two drivers) are competing head-to-head in a race to be crowned the first ever FIA Formula E Champion.