Is now time for ABB Formula E Season 5 that will show all the changes to cars and rules some exciting news, unveiled by Formula E:
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “Formula E broke the mould by being the first to go electric – so it’s clear we aren’t scared of trying new things. Whether that’s introducing new on-track innovations or tweaking the format of the race, or creating new ways for fans to follow or interact with the sport. I’m eager to see the competitive debut of the Gen2 car and ATTACK MODE in action during a race scenario on the tight and challenging street circuits that’ve come to define our series. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and this is the year where the ABB FIA Formula E Championship comes of age.”
DRIVER’S EYE VIEW
Jean-Eric Vergne, reigning champion and DS TECHEETAH driver, said: “For someone who’s been with the series since pretty much the start, I’ve personally seen how Formula E has taken big strides – not only with the performance of the car, but by implementing new ideas that continue to promote close racing such as ATTACK MODE. As drivers, we want to be able to race hard and the fans want that too. We had a small taster of ATTACK MODE during the pre-season test in Valencia, but it’s hard to say what it’ll be like when we go racing from the simulations we did then. I think we’re all very curious to find out and it’s not long to go now until Ad Diriyah. I think the biggest question around ATTACK MODE will be when to use it and when to conserve energy in comparison to who’s around you on track. It’s a guessing game and it’s going to lead to some exciting and unpredictable results.”
Gen2 car- the new design concept all teams adhere to using matching cars and bodywork – while still developing their own in-house components for the motor, inverter, gearbox, rear suspension and software.
Gen2 battery- the new longer range battery unit provides almost double the energy storage capacity – rising from 28 kWh to 54 kWh and allowing drivers to complete a full race distance without the need to swap cars.
Higher power modes- the maximum power in race mode jumps from 180kW to 200kW – with 250kW available during practice and qualifying sessions.
ATTACK MODE– integrated in the new race format, it’s mandatory for drivers to activate ATTACK MODE during each E-Prix – temporarily increasing power levels to 225kW.
AttackMode will be announced right before the ePrix race to prevent Teams to prepare strategies in advance, will be a surprise for either the Drivers and the Fans.
FANBOOST– awarded to five (before they were three) drivers with the most votes online and across social media. Voting closes in the opening phase of the race with FANBOOST winners getting extra energy.
Halo LED lighting– with the mandatory introduction of the head protection device, Formula E has conceived the use of an LED strip surrounding the halo – allowing fans to easily recognise the differing power modes of each car. Electric blue will be used when cars are in ATTACK MODE (225kW) and magenta when cars use FANBOOST (between 240kW – 250kW). In standard race mode (200kW) the LED lighting system isn’t active.