Formula E “Fanboost” Feature Is Bad Ass

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 20

Formula E Racer

Formula E Racer

Fanboost Me Please!!!!

Fanboost Me Please!!!!

Bring on the “fanboost.”

When the Formula E racing series kicks off this fall in China, one driver will get what’s called a “fanboost.”

Social media will decide which drivers gets the “fanboost” via fans who favorite a particular in each race.

The “fanboosted” driver will get access to the full 200 kW of power on tap (up from the electronic limit of 133 kW) in the Formula E racer for a few seconds.

As ElectricAutoSport states:

“Normally all 20 cars are limited to 133 kW power, but to increase the chance of overtaking at the city street circuits they are racing on, every driver receives two of these extra boosts. Only one competitor can receive one extra boost in the very last lap when he or she gets the highest number of tweets directed in the form of @-mentions during the race…”

This means that fans could potentially boost a driver to victory.  Yep, that’s bad ass as it gets the fans as involved as possible.

Source: ElectricAutoSport

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20 responses to "Formula E “Fanboost” Feature Is Bad Ass"

  1. Nix says:

    Sounds like they were watching The Hunger Games when they came up with this idea…

  2. Spec9 says:

    I’m very wary about these E-racing series. It might be too early. Right now, much of the EV fans are environmentalists, geeks, people that want to save money, peak oilers, etc. I don’t see them as big motorsports fans.

    1. Richard Gozinya says:

      It’ll depend on the quality of the racing. Isle of Man’s inclusion of the electrics has been pretty popular, but the electric motorcycle racing series out there have not been so popular. I think the key is to have it as an additional thing, to an already big event.

    2. Aaron says:

      That might be what Formula E is perfect for — showing people that electric vehicles can be fast, exciting, and fun. And loud. You mentioned they would be quiet. These cars use noisy (and efficient) reduction gears. They are loud.

      This fan boost thing is interesting to me because there is no way they could do this with a gas-powered car. “You get to temporarily remove your restrictor plate but only for a few seconds.” 😉

      1. Rob says:

        You could very easily do this in the current F1 cars as they have 160bhp of electric power on tap each lap. So it would simply be a case of telling a particular driver he has more button pushes, or modifying his ecu to allow him extra pushes. THEIR electrical power is produced and topped up during each lap.
        BUT, with Formula E, their total power comes from the battery pack. Each driver is allowed a number of ‘boost’ button pushes as it is. It may be that having more boost available will result in them ending with a flat battery pack. It would depend on how much power the cars will have in reserve before having to come in to the pits to change cars, as that is how they will ‘refuel’.
        I have read about some people suggesting that having a ‘boost’ button might not be a good thing as it is.
        I was at Donington Park yesterday to watch the first official day of testing. None of the cars were chasing the stop watch. They were trying to get their heads around how they worked and that everything was working as it should. Before lunch time, four cars had stopped at Starkey’s Bridge at the bottom of the climb after having run out of power. The worrying thing is, after passing the pits and exiting turn one, it is all downhill until you get to Starkey’s…

    3. krona2k says:

      You need to get people interested by showing people electric cars can be fast and the racing can be exciting. It should help the cause.

  3. ClarksonCote says:

    133kW doesn’t sound like a lot. The Volt has 110kW. What am I missing?

    1. Foo says:

      Probably that the Volt weighs a hell of a lot more.

  4. DaveMart says:

    That sounds like an excellent way to turn a serious race into a circus act

    1. GeorgeS says:

      God that’s for sure.
      Tweet your favorite driver a fan boost.
      Gag me with a spoon.

      1. Aaron says:

        You don’t seem to be the target audience. Have you seen how many tweets shows like “American Idol” get every night? It’s astounding.

        This would help bring the smartphone generation into racing — the same generation that is largely shunning cars.

        1. DaveMart says:

          Voting on American Idol is fine, as the show is about finding a popular performer.

          Racing should be about finding the fastest car and driver, which is what has led to progress in the underlying technologies, not who has the most winsome smile.

          They have just killed the interest I previously had in Formula E.

          1. Rob says:

            One point you seem to miss Dave, is that when competitors start to race, they want to win. When they want to win, they want more power, lighter parts etc. They then go and beat up suppliers to give them what they want. Oh, and they don’t want to pay ‘that’ much for them. They want the bits cheaper. THIS is the only way ‘the masses’ will be able to afford electric cars. At the moment the only viable electric car is the Tesla. Nobody I know has THAT sort of money to spend on a car that drinks petrol, let alone one that is a gimic. I can jump into my old 2000 Seat Ibiza and drive 1000 miles. I’d have to stop to refuel once. A Tesla would take a couple of days, having to recharge the batteries taking hours at a time. Nobody I know would want to pay £5000 for a car like that.
            Racing is the way to bring about development and reduce the cost. F1 has got the ball rolling with KERS, and now ERS. The technology will slowly filter down to road cars.
            Electric cars already have the top speed and acceleration need to give men bulges in their pants.
            What it SERIOUSLY lacks, is range and a lower cost!
            THAT, will come about through racing.
            OR, the public will watch and say “meh” and turn their backs…

    2. Mikael says:

      Unlike the F1 which is nothing but a circus on wheels. 😛 I do love to watch it but they change rules as they like to get more excitement and to be able to pick which teams and drivers that will be succesful.

      It’s the most corrupt sport business that exists. But just like a circus it’s fun to watch when the elephants and clowns and acrobats enter the arena even though you deep down know that half are drunks, the kid labor is horrible and that the animals very rarely leave their trailers and are whipped into submission once they are.

      1. Rob says:

        You have a strange imagination when it comes to Formula 1 🙂

  5. MDEV says:

    How many laps before the battery is empty and how they will recharged or replaced?

    1. Jesse Gurr says:

      They have more than one car. When one car gets low, another car takes over.

  6. muchski says:

    Each race lasts about an hour and requires one mandatory stop to change cars. I think as tech gets better the rules will change a little and probably only allow 1 car eventually.

    I like the shorter duration and the use of speed boosts. Coupled with interesting courses in the middle of cities (where racing previously could not happen due to pollution and noise) this will be a pretty cool event!

    1. Rob says:

      I was at Donington Park yesterday for the first test session. When the car gets close, all you hear is transmission noise. But at a distance when they are driving towards you they can sound like a fast jet. It’s very odd. I don’t know if it’s the air passing over the wings and body or what.