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Valencia Chicane Mods for Pre-Season Test

Alterations made to Valencia layout for pre-season test in light of chicane cutbacks…

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The circuit to be used at this week’s pre-season ABB FIA Formula E Championship group test will feature a different layout to the track used last October.

This year’s test, which is organized by championship promoter Formula E Operations, will feature just one chicane on the start/finish straight at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.

In the two previous tests at the venue a chicane opposite the pit entry was also used to try and simulate some of the tight confines usually used on Formula E circuits. This will now not be erected.

E-racing365 also understands that the chicane has been reprofiled and will feature a quicker and more flowing exit, leading to an expected track length of 1.87 miles.

The measures have been partly influenced by a desire for less chicanes on Formula E tracks in the coming season with several circuits likely to be modified to eradicate tight chicanes.

Formula E’s configuration of Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is already set to undergo changes ahead of next February’s race.

A race simulation is also set to be run on Wednesday afternoon at Valencia to test modifications made to the sporting regulations for the 2019-20 season.

These will be analysed in a ‘post-race debrief’ which will include Formula E, FIA and team representatives.

The sporting rules modifications, which were announced in June at the World Motor Sport Council, will include a procedure whereby a set amount of energy is deducted from each car after a red flag or safety car interruption.

Attack Zone transponder loops will be placed at Turn 5. This area could be used on the run-off strip of tarmac for teams to use during the three days of running.

In Attack Mode this season, drivers will have an extra 10 kW of power at their disposal compared to last season, meaning they will run at 235 kW for short periods of the race.

The Valencia test will begin at 9 a.m. local time (3 a.m. EDT) on Tuesday and run for six hours per day between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. This timetable will be replicated on Wednesday and Friday, with Thursday used as a media day.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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