Vislink provided extended live HD coverage of the second Formula E race in Malaysia on Sunday 22 November. On-board cameras fitted into the nose cone and rear rain light of each car were designed to provide viewers with immersive footage. These mounting locations were exclusive to the Formula E series and provided broadcasters with two previously unseen camera angles.
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, and 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,” said Raj Kotecha, on-board project director at Vislink. “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.”
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 realtime close up action from the track and pit lanes.
The Formula E series kicked off in September and will feature nine further rounds taking place in cities around the world, running through to June 2015. Ten teams (each with two drivers) are competing head-to-head in a race to be crowned the first ever FIA Formula E Champion.