Details of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s new attack mode have been confirmed ahead of the 2018-19 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 200 kW – in standard race mode – to 225 kW for a short period of time.
E-racing365 revealed initial details of the concept last month, but it has now been confirmed by Formula E, two weeks ahead of the season-opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix.
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, and 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).