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Formula E Moves to End Flat-Out Races

The FIA has ratified several sporting and technical rules changes for Season Six…

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A series of changes to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship regulations have been made in readiness for the sixth season of the all-electric championship.

The FIA ratified the amendments at the World Motorsport Council meeting which convened in Paris today and is aimed to reduce flat-out racing due to race interruptions via safety cars or Full Course Yellow periods.

As first reported by e-racing365 a ‘stop the clock’ feature will now be applied by the race director during a race suspension.

The procedure will see the timekeeping system stop, with the aim of completing the full race time.

Additionally, the activation of the Attack Mode option for drivers will be forbidden during Full Course Yellow and safety car periods.

The key change though will see a rule that dictates ‘each minute spent under Full Course Yellow or safety car conditions, 1 kWh will be subtracted from the total available energy measured from the point at which the race was neutralised.’

This season has seen several E-Prixs that have become flat-out races after race neutralizations. This has been in stark contrast to previous Formula E seasons when lap distance races saw strategic energy saving events.

Another change detailed that the attack mode power level will increase by 10 kW to a maximum of 235 kW for next season.

The FIA also ratified that the homologation cycle for the Gen 2 car will be extended to include Season Eight in 2021-22.

This has been made for ‘reasons of cost control’. The extension will not exclude power increase, battery performance improvement and design evolution.

As revealed by e-racing365 yesterday, twin-MGU powertrain designs will be outlawed from next season onwards.

The bulletin outlined that “a modification to the technical regulations was also approved, reducing the maximum number of MGUs (rotating electromechanical power converters) from two to one.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    Chris

    June 14, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    A lot of good changes.

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    Wayne

    June 15, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I’m personally a fan of flat out racing but I’m still interested in the changes this brings to the sport.

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    Chris Llana

    June 15, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I’ve never seen an explanation on why they went from a fixed number of laps to a fixed time. If it’s not broken …

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