Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will commence this Saturday on 15 December. DS TECHETAH drivers André Lotterer and the reigning Formula E Champion, Jean-Éric Vergne return to field the DS E-TENSE FE19 Gen2 car for the season ahead. They will start the season by tackling the new 2,5 km street circuit of Ad Diriyah where they will be challenged with the new 45min plus one lap race format.
Formula E’s unique fan engagement, FanBoost, will return but with some modifications. Now the Top 5 drivers gain the boost voted for by the fans. That’s another two drivers gaining the energy boost on track compared the previous seasons. Fans will now also be able to vote 15 minutes into the race. This will further add to the thrill of being directly involved in the championship.
The DS E-TENSE FE19 is built entirely in-house by DS Automobiles in the team’s new factory in Versailles just outside of Paris
DS Automobiles has also developed its own brake-by-wire system and is one of the few manufacturers in the paddock to have done so to gain a further competitive advantage. The new DS E-TENSE FE19 has a maximum power of 338hp and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8s. It also has a larger battery capacity of 52 kWh that will last the whole race, thus eliminating the car swap.
As the championship continues to innovate, the introduction of ATTACK MODE is going to throw further challenges to the grid and bring the excitement of the series further.
When enabled, the new feature temporarily increases the power level from 200 kW (in race mode) to 225 kW, which gives the drivers an advantage over the others, for a short time, to overtake, opening new strategic opportunities and delivering more dynamic races.
To be able to go into the ATTACK MODE, the driver must go through an activation zone, located outside of the race line
FIA will determine the number of activation and the period of use at each race.
“For someone who’s been with the series since pretty much the start, I’ve personally seen how Formula E has taken big strides – not only with the performance of the car but by implementing new ideas that continue to promote close racing such as ATTACK MODE. As drivers, we want to be able to race hard and the fans want that too.”
“Formula E has taken a huge leap forward in the last year and it’s very exciting to be part of a series that keep on reinventing itself like Formula E does. We’ve done all the prep work for the new additions to the series and the wait is finally over, we’re going racing now. It will be very interesting to see how the first race pans out as there will be some surprises, that’s certain.”
— Tatiana Calderon (@TataCalde) December 11, 2018