Formula E Says Gen 2 Car Will Have “Significant” Power Mode Differences

APR 16 2018 BY MOTORSPORT.COM 6

Formula E’s 2018/19 car will use 200kW as its primary race power mode with a second mandatory-use setting at a “significantly” higher level, according to series boss Alejandro Agag.

The Gen2 FE car has increased battery storage compared to its predecessor and drivers will no longer have to swap cars mid-race.

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But the series and the FIA were keen to retain an element of strategy and the mandatory use of two power levels during FE races was confirmed by the governing body’s World Motor Sport Council.

“The FIA is still fine-tuning the system and will release the information about how it will work, but I think 200kW will be the race mode and the other mode will be higher than that,” Agag told Motorsport.com.

“We’ll have to do some testing with the cars to work out what that power mode will be – whether it’s 220, 230, 240, 250, whatever. But it will be significantly higher. There will be a good difference.”

When asked if the decision on race modes depended on the power density the McLaren Applied Technologies supplied-battery actually achieves, Agag replied: “We pretty much know what the energy density will be, the temperature, and how much you can push it.”

Agag added that Fanboost – which currently increases power by 100kJ for five seconds for the three winning drivers in their second car – is expected to be another performance level increase.

“[It will be] probably a further step of power,” he said. “But, again, it’s not completely decided.”

The FIA also announced that a point will no longer be given for the fastest lap in each race, with a reward to the most energy efficient driver replacing it.

Agag explained that while that move came with a small risk of drivers lower down the order backing off to secure an extra point, he was unconcerned about its potential impact on racing.

“I don’t know exactly how it will work but I think it’s a good concept,” he said. “We want to reward the management of energy so it’s a good initiative. I think it will be measured via telemetry.

“It’s interesting. It reminds me of when we were in GP2 [Agag ran the Addax squad in that category], and if you finished eighth in the first race you started from pole the next day.

“So you had people running in seventh who were trying to be overtaken, but the other guy didn’t want to overtake, and then all of a sudden another guy would come in from behind to try to take advantage.

“It’s difficult to foresee all the consequences, and there are some little risks, but it’s marginal.

“In the bigger scheme of things, the winner scores the majority of the points and this will only score one point, so there is a clear difference in the rewards.”

Additional reporting by Stuart Codling

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6 Comments on "Formula E Says Gen 2 Car Will Have “Significant” Power Mode Differences"

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Senna
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Senna

Let it be 400 kW. Thanks!

James
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James

Fanboost has got to go.

Why should popularity give one an advantage on a field ( or track ) of sport?

CDAVIS
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CDAVIS

+1

Also FE needs to kill the idea of “We want to reward the management of energy”.

Honestly these FE gimmicks are a a big turn-off to me. My interest is simply in seeing which driver is best skilled to squeeze all the car has to offer to be the first to reach the checkered flag. Sorry FE, I’m not interested in an “energy management” contest or a “fan base” contest.

But I am curious why is it that FE feels compelled to complicate the FE race with these gimmicks? If these types of gimmicks were introduced into F1 there would be a big loss of F1 fan interest… because race car fans want to see a raw race… not a gimmick contest.

CDAVIS
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CDAVIS

From article: “The FIA also announced that a point will no longer be given for the fastest lap in each race, with a reward to the most energy efficient driver replacing it.”
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That’s stupid… it’s supposed to be a car race… that means its about cars going fast… the faster the better. Is there a single FE race fan that gives a hoot which driver is most energy efficient?… no there is not. Perhaps FE needs an about-us charter statement to define what FE is about.

Ok… I’ll now step down from my protest stump on this topic.

CDAVIS
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CDAVIS

Back on my stump….

FE race *objective* should be same as F1:

“The objective of a Formula 1 contest is to determine the winner of a race. The driver who crosses the finish line first after completing a pre-determined number of laps is declared the winner.”

Empire State
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Empire State

Each driver not in the lead should be seeking to advance their position to the point where s/he could contest the lead, and do so in the most efficient manner possible. That’s racing. If the new reward goes to the driver who achieves the best lap speed per watt, then the rule is relevant. If it rather goes to the driver who completes a lap while using the least amount of energy, then the rule would be foolish. I’m confident that the rule will not be foolish.