The fifth season of Formula E is only a few weeks away, but this hasn’t stopped the organisers of the all-electric racing series from revealing new details on the methods they’re using to make the sport more exciting.
ATTACK MODE = Explained! ⚡️
— ABB Formula E (@FIAFormulaE) December 3, 2018
According to the FIA, From the start of the 2018/19 Formula E season which starts in Saudi Arabia on Dec 15, each car will have the option to use an ‘attack mode’. As we already know, these Gen2 cars can drive the whole race without running out of battery, and with this new feature, they will now be able to use a boost of speed to affect their race strategy. This boost comes in the form of an extra 25kW over the standard 200 for a short period of time, and similarly to Formula 1’s DRS, will assist drivers when overtaking.
It wil be able to be activated after the second lap, and like DRS again, only in specific sections of each track. To activate, the driver must activate the mode, then manoeuvre through three timing sensors. This will allow attack mode to begin.
This will certainly add a different dimension to the strategies used by each driver, especially as a different line will more than likely have to be taken to allow for the mode to be activated.
What do you think about ‘attack mode’? Are you going to welcome it? Or do you thin they’re only one change away from using red shells like Mario Kart? Let me know what you think in the comments!