Formula E Racing Strategies Explained

JUN 14 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 2

Learn how to win a Formula E race

Most racing takes a ton of strategy. This is why we see the same superstars winning or placing well time and time again. However, Formula E takes the strategy to an entirely different level. This is not just due to the fact that these professional drivers are accustomed to strategizing, but rather because the setup leaves no other choice … if you want to win.

For those unfamiliar with Formula E, it’s important to understand that the vehicles are 100 percent electric and every driver must use two cars to make it through a full race. These factors add interesting elements of challenge, which up the ante when it comes to forming a successful game plan. In the following video, we look at four key strategies used by leading Formula E drivers that may make the difference between winning and losing.

Battery management is key here. The goal is to use one car for half of the race and the other car to complete it. However, how you choose to do so is where it gets tricky. Where you qualify also tends to dictate which plan will guarantee the most positive results.

  • Strategy 1 (Equalize) – Lucas Di Grassi says it’s important to control the race from the front and attempt to use energy equally between the two cars
  • Strategy 2 (Extend) – Save energy in your first car and try to get an extra lap. This means you’ll have more energy available in the second car near the end of the race.
  • Strategy 3 (Attack) –  As Daniel Abt has proven successful, you can attack hard with the first car and maintain a strong lead from the outset. Then, the goal with your second car is to defend that leading position.
  • Strategy 4 (Conserve) – This is similar to the Extend strategy, but to a much higher level. Save as much energy as possible, coasting at the start of the race and remaining in the rear. This will further extend the first car’s staying power so that you can truly open up with the second car.

Video Description via ABB Formula E on YouTube:

In the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, good race strategy is crucial to winning. We examine the four main strategy options available to the teams when they should be employed.

 

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater street racing series…and we’re coming for your streets! World-class racing in 10 cities over five continents during a seven-month Championship season including New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Rome.

 

ABB Formula E is not just a racing series; it also serves as a platform for global car manufacturers and mobility providers to test and develop road-relevant electric technologies. We are helping to refine the design of electric vehicles and improve the driving experience for everyday road car users all over the world.

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Djoni
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Djoni

As a strong cyclist, I do find some similarity between the stategy they use in FE and what goes on in a cycling peloton where everyone is just managing effort in order to keep up the higher pace possible and make it to the end with spare energy to sprint to victory.
Although, cycling is often also a team push within the race.

So, managing, conserving and bursting energy, is something cyclist are pretty much aware.

I like it!

Empire State
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Empire State

As a weak cyclist, I agree, but I think cycling energy management strategy is probably more akin to the fuel savings strategies of high-level combustion-engined motorsports. We, after all, don’t swap fuel packs mid-race, but rather refuel, with decreasing beneficial effects, the fuel stores with which we start.