Formula E has explained its new Attack Mode format for the 2018/19 season and how the information will be displayed to viewers.
The Attack Mode format is being introduced in a bid to retain a strategic element to races with the series’ new Gen2 capable of completing full race distances without the need for a car swap or pit stop.
At a designated corner, drivers must drive through an activation zone at any time except for the first lap. Drivers must “arm” the mode on their steering wheel before entering the zone, triggering three timing sensor loops to gain an extra 25kW of power.
Drivers will lose time and potentially positions in doing so, but have the chance to regain with the power boost. It is mandatory for drivers to use Attack mode during races, which are now 45 minutes plus one lap.
The numbers of activation zones and how many times it can be used will vary from race to race, with teams potentially not being informed until an hour before the race.
To help display the information to viewers, Formula E is incorporating virtual reality broadcasting to clearly define the activation zone, with live telemetry and on-screen graphics.
The car’s Halo also has LED lights which will show different colours depending on how much power the driver is using. It will light up blue when the Attack Mode is activated at 225kW of power, and will glow magenta when FanBoost is simultaneously activated to boost power to 250kW.
“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,” said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.
“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.”
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