Firstits-kind innovation introduced in sport to boost excitement for fans and add further unpredictability

A screenshot of computer-generated imagery showing a visual represent ation of how  ATTACK MODE works in practice | Photo formula E Media
A screen­shot of com­put­er-gen­er­at­ed imagery show­ing a visu­al rep­re­sent ation of how ATTACK MODE works in prac­tice | Pho­to for­mu­la E Media
  • Get up to speed for start of the sea­son with com­pet­i­tive debut of Gen2 car and rev­o­lu­tion­ary new ATTACK MODE
  • For­mu­la E has always tak­en big strides in imple­ment­ing new ideas that con­tin­ue to pro­mote close rac­ing such as ATTACK MODE. From behind the wheel, we want to be able to race hard and the fans want that too — it is going to lead to some excit­ing and unpre­dictable results.’(Jean-Eric Vergne DS TECHEETAH dri­ver and reign­ing cham­pi­on)

The ABB FIA For­mu­la E Cham­pi­onship — the clos­est, most intense and pro­gres­sive rac­ing series — is enter­ing its most excit­ing sea­son yet by intro­duc­ing a first-of-its-kind inno­va­tion in sport to fur­ther enhance the fan spec­ta­cle and retain the unpre­dictable nature of elec­tric street rac­ing.

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 — keep­ing fans on the edge of their seats with the eager­ly-await­ed ATTACK MODE.

Change is a con­stant in motor­sport and the devel­op­ment of the futur­is­tic Gen2 car moves quick­er than any­thing else — both on and off the track — boast­ing more pow­er, dou­ble the range and a dis­tinc­tive design unlike any­thing else seen in motor­sport.

From Gen1 to Gen2 — watch the trans­for­ma­tion of the For­mu­la E car — click here

Not only does the Gen2 car have a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent exte­ri­or to its pre­de­ces­sor, there’s whole­sale changes to the com­po­nents under­neath the body­work — con­tin­u­ing to set For­mu­la E apart as the most rel­e­vant cham­pi­onship in motor­sport for the auto­mo­tive indus­try.

With the Gen2 car the dri­vers can stay strapped in and seat­ed for the entire length of the race. But it’s not a walk in the park to the che­quered flag, as util­is­ing a range of pow­er modes on offer — bal­anced with effi­cient­ly man­ag­ing the bat­tery life against a 45-minute (+1 lap) race count­down — means there’s like­ly to be more strate­gic vari­ables and mixed results than ever before.

New for this sea­son, 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. ATTACK MODE 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 ATTACK MODE 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 help fans fol­low ATTACK MODE, 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.

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). 

ATTACK MODE explained — watch how the split pow­er modes work in prac­tice

 

Ale­jan­dro Agag, Founder & CEO of For­mu­la E, said: “For­mu­la E broke the mould by being the first to go elec­tric — so it’s clear we aren’t scared of try­ing new things. Whether that’s intro­duc­ing new on-track inno­va­tions or tweak­ing the for­mat of the race, or cre­at­ing new ways for fans to fol­low or inter­act with the sport. I’m eager to see the com­pet­i­tive debut of the Gen2 car and ATTACK MODE in action dur­ing a race sce­nario on the tight and chal­leng­ing street cir­cuits that’ve come to define our series. I’ve been wait­ing for this moment for a long time and this is the year where the ABB FIA For­mu­la E Cham­pi­onship comes of age.”

DRIVER’S EYE VIEW

Jean-Eric Vergne, reign­ing cham­pi­on and DS TECHEETAH dri­ver, said: “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. 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.”

FAST FACTSSEASON FIVE REGULATIONS

Gen2 car — the new design con­cept all teams adhere to using match­ing cars and body­work — while still devel­op­ing their own in-house com­po­nents for the motor, invert­er, gear­box, rear sus­pen­sion and soft­ware.

Gen2 bat­tery — the new longer range bat­tery unit pro­vides almost dou­ble the ener­gy stor­age capac­i­ty — ris­ing from 28 kWh to 54 kWh and allow­ing dri­vers to com­plete a full race dis­tance with­out the need to swap cars.

High­er pow­er modes — the max­i­mum pow­er in race mode jumps from 180kW to 200kW — with 250kW avail­able dur­ing prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions.

ATTACK MODE — inte­grat­ed in the new race for­mat, it’s manda­to­ry for dri­vers to acti­vate ATTACK MODE dur­ing each E-Prix — tem­porar­i­ly increas­ing pow­er lev­els to 225kW.

FANBOOST — award­ed to dri­vers with the most votes online and across social media. Vot­ing clos­es in the open­ing phase of the race with FANBOOST win­ners get­ting extra ener­gy.

Halo LED light­ing — with the manda­to­ry intro­duc­tion of the head pro­tec­tion device, For­mu­la E has con­ceived the use of an LED strip sur­round­ing the halo — allow­ing fans to eas­i­ly recog­nise the dif­fer­ing pow­er modes of each car. Elec­tric blue will be used when cars are in ATTACK MODE (225kW) and magen­ta when cars use FANBOOST (between 240kW — 250kW). In stan­dard race mode (200kW) the LED light­ing sys­tem isn’t active.

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