Drivers will have access to two special boost periods during races in Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, it has been confirmed.
As first reported by e-racing365 in February, the all-electric series will see periods during the race where drivers will be able to use a boost mode.
Race formats for the 2018-19 season of Formula E were announced during the World Motorsport Council in Manila on Thursday.
These boosts are set to be confined to a specific area of the track which will act as a ‘boost zone’ whereby a high-power mode can be activated from the cockpit by the drivers.
This area of the circuit will in some way be visible on track and on TV.
The boost is set to be 25 kW, upping the available power from 200kW to 225kW for the driver. The number of activations and the duration of the use of the higher power mode will be determined at each race by the FIA, according to the individual features of the circuit.
It is expected that in addition to special TV graphics which will notify spectators and viewers when drivers deploy the extra power, a light atop the halo safety structure is planned to also relay information on when a car is in full boost mode.
The LED lights on the halo will also signify when the Fanboost is being used. This is set to again be an extra 100 kJ and will only be activated on top of one of the two new boost periods.
Although not confirmed today, initial plans are believed to center around having two boost periods for each entry from Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the plans come after months of discussions between teams, Formula E Holdings and the FIA.
The teams have been represented largely by Roger Griffiths, the nominated representative of the Formula E Teams Association.
Also announced at today’s WMSC was that the length of the races in Season Five will no longer be determined by the number of laps, but by a maximum time of 45 minutes plus one lap.