Formula E To Make Power Mode Usage Mandatory Next Year

MAR 24 2018 BY MOTORSPORT.COM 7

Formula E drivers will have to use two power modes in races next season.

The series’ second-generation car will be capable of completing an entire race distance on its own, eliminating the need for mid-race pitstops to swap cars.

However, the series and the FIA were keen to keep an element of strategy, with different power modes emerging as the favored option.

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The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council has now confirmed the mandatory use of two power levels.

The FIA has stated the high-power level in the race will result in “a performance gain of approximately one second per lap while activated”.

FE’s new car has already been announced with a race power of 200kW, although it will be capable of 250kW in qualifying mode.

It remains to be seen if 200kW will be the temporary high-power mode or the standard setting.

The WMSC has also approved an unchanged timetable for 2018/19, which means free practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day.

It has declared that a point will no longer awarded for the driver who sets the fastest lap, and will replace this with a “new energy management parameter” to award a point to the most efficient driver instead.

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Scoreboards of most economical driver?
Pinch me, I must be dreaming…

Strategy is what racing is all about, those who insist that noise and speed is everything tend to forget that quality.

Scott Dixon in Indy Car has several titles because smooth wins…

“Most efficient driver” is not equal to “most economical driver”! The latter would make no sense at all as it would incentivize the slowest driver. Most efficient driver needs to take into account average speed divided by energy use, which means the driver that best hits the sweet spot of highest overall speed with the least energy use will gain that point.

From article: “It [Formula E] has declared that a point will no longer awarded for the driver who sets the fastest lap, and will replace this with a “new energy management parameter” to award a point to the most efficient driver instead.
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I don’t like that change.

Formula E to be successful long term needs to build a broad fan base which means it needs to go up against Formula 1 on speed and performance… the broader fan audience does not care which driver is most “efficient”!

Making Formuala E about efficiency is sort of Nissan Leafish… Formual E needs to be Tesla Roadsterish.

Yeah, I don’t like the change either. I think they should keep the fastest lap bonus and just add one for most efficiency. It is a race, after all.

Also, how will efficiency be measured? Just by going slower you’ll get more efficiency, so it sounds like the last place person could just sand bag for a couple laps and pick up a free point.

I am against all these rules. Let the fastest man win. If the cars will not finish the race in high power mode then the driver needs to decide just how much and when to use the high power mode, no artificially set rules about when.

I have watched a couple of this year’s races – I watched most of the early races; and the cars are now much faster than they were. And they handle better; carrying more speed through corners. Only occasionally, drivers see issues with brake balance, because as the charge drops, the battery gets too warm to take regen. So, they have to use more rear wheel friction brakes.

I am looking forward to the new cars – I think they will be better race cars, and make better use of the energy.