With the start of season five on the horizon and the largest shake-up in regulations in the short history of the series, Formula E enters a new era with its advanced new-look Gen2 car and revised race format.
Drivers will be able to access Attack Mode at any time during the race from the second lap – allowing them to chase down their rivals or build a lead to defend position. The new setting temporarily boosts power levels from 200kW – in standard race mode – to 225kW for a short period of time.
It’s mandatory for drivers to use the system during the race, with the precise time period and amount of activations determined by the FIA – with the potential to adjust depending on the track layout and configuration.
In order to initiate Attack Mode, the driver must pass through a defined activation zone placed off the racing line. The driver is required to arm ATTACK MODE on the steering wheel on the approach to the activation zone and manoeuvre through three timing sensors to complete the loop and receive instant power.
To assist fans in knowing when the mode is being used, the Formula E host broadcast will incorporate virtual reality – with the activation zone rendered on the track as a tied to field graphic. The cutting-edge technology will harness trackside camera tracking, live telemetry data and powerful graphic engines to help tell the story of the race.
“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”, said DS Tacheetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne.
“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.”
Drivers will initially lose time – and possibly positions – moving away from the fastest racing line around the track. However, they’ll quickly have the opportunity to make up any lost ground and overtake with an immediate power advantage.
The different power modes will be denoted using florescent LED lights adorning the halo above the driver’s head – another innovation introduced by Formula E in season five for fans to follow the race. When the LED lights glow electric blue the car will be in Attack Mode (225kW), changing to magenta when deploying FanBoost(240kW to 250kW).
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