Driving the '16/'17 Formula E car in Real Racing 3: Day 1

Real Racing 3's first Time-Limited Formula E event, High Voltage, is live. And I’ve driven Renault’s car.

I’ll be straight-up: the car is slow. It’s also a massive hoot to drive.

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I’ll say this much, though, the car looks good. It helps that I like the blue, but really, FE cars are growing on me.

I’d still like it better if they ran 16s and slicks with meatier sidewalls, but I digress.

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Here is the office.

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Lovely copper detailing, and the button arrrangement is almost exactly how I want it.

Now I drove it, of course, and on a track, not some abhorrently-tight street.

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Sure, it’s Hockenheim, but it’s better than nothing.

How does it drive? Amazingly well.

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I did turn on traction control before racing, seeing its low grip rating, but it didn’t really matter because at the speeds we were going, there was enough grip to help in getting ‘round.

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Now, really, I’m doing this car an injustice. The top speed isn’t gonna be there, but the acceleration is. It’s quick. The speedometer is climbing at the same rate as an Atom 3.5, and every time you get out of a corner, the accelerator turns on electro-afterburners somewhere at the back. Turn-in is superb. You can feel some slip at the back, but like the Lotuses, it’s helpful slip, the kind that helps you get around corners.

The Head-to-Head race that opened the event was all too easy. The next two is more fun.

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Coming up are pictures of me shocking my rivals with my unparalleled skill.

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I took care of these two quickly.

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Here’s the field after Turn 1.

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There’s the Jaguar I-Pace, or: I’m gonna lose my seat next season.

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The shots following this line are from the third and last event of Stage 1.

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