Formula E’s new Driver’s Eye cameras had a successful debut in last weekend’s Santiago E-Prix, featuring on several occasions in the television footage.
The new cameras mounted inside drivers’ helmets were trialled at the Valencia pre-season test but made their full debut in the Chilean capital for Round 3 of the season on Saturday.
The cameras are mounted on the protective padding inside the lining of the helmet at the eye level of the driver.
They weigh just 2.5 grams and are 8 mm in diameter, making almost no impact in the performance of the helmet.
Not every driver is equipped with the cameras, and race footage only showed clips from Felipe Massa and Stoffel Vandoorne. It’s expected that more drivers will use the technology later in the season.
Formula E has heralded the technology’s debut as a success after proving popular with fans during television coverage of the Santiago E-Prix.
“I think it is cool how Driver’s Eye shows fans exactly what I am seeing during a race in real time,” said Massa.
“It gives the viewers insight into the tight and challenging city-centre circuits that we race on in Formula E and it demonstrates what drivers need to manage and control over the course of a race.
“I like tech like this, that brings fans even closer to the action. Driver’s Eye is a great way to show the work that goes on behind the wheel.”
Formula E’s content, editorial and digital director says the cameras serve to bring the action closer to fans. The value of the footage on social media is already apparent.
“When you speak to Formula E drivers, the first thing they highlight is the thrill and challenge of driving on city circuits,” said Sebastian Tiffert.
“Driver’s Eye provides a new perspective from inside the helmet in live race conditions, showing the skill it takes to thread the car between the walls while processing data and communicating with the team at speed.
“Driver’s Eye adds a unique dimension to the viewing experience and the innovative camera technology immerses fans in wheel-to-wheel racing.
“We are delighted to bring our fans closer to the drivers’ sensory experience and their engagement with Driver’s Eye content across social media demonstrates the value of innovations core to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”