New Season, New Rules: Four changes to look out for in Formula E Season 5
Posted on: 01 October, 2018
Season 5 of Formula E isn't just a new set of races. It's a season that will propel the racing series to a new level. It's a whole new generation.
While the Gen2 race car has already caught the eye of motorsports fans across the globe, there have been some drastic changes that promise to make the sport more thrilling than ever before.
MARIO KART MODE
The most visible change this season is going to be the change in the race format. No longer is there going to be a pre-defined set of laps. Yes, you read that right.
Heard of the epic racing video game that is Mario Kart? Now, you get to see that in real life.
In Formula E, we're going to have timed races, where each race is on for 45 minutes followed by one lap. If only you weren't biting enough nails already.
POINTS FOR EFFICIENCY
Since its inception, something that has been synonymous with the series has been its dedication towards sustainability. And this season, drivers stand to win points for being power-efficient.
The point for setting the fastest lap has been done away with and that one point (which has been proven to be very crucial in the past) will now be awarded to the driver who drove the most power-efficient race. But there's a catch - to be eligible to score this bonus point, you need to finish in the top five.
On paper, it might seem like one point is no big deal but remember the gap between the top two in last season's team championship was just two points. In a series that prides itself on elite competition, every point counts.
In a series that prides itself on elite competition, every point counts.
TOP SIX IN SUPER POLE
Another change that might prove to be key is the number of drivers that qualify for Super Pole. In the past, with a 20-driver grid, the five quickest drivers made it to Super Pole.
This upcoming season, there will be 22 drivers fighting it out on the track. Hence, you will have six drivers in the final stage of qualifying which will make things more competitive and exciting.
DIFFERENT POWER MODES
This might be the most interesting change of the lot. Now, it will be compulsory for all drivers to use two different power modes in a race during the upcoming season.
While during the standard power mode, 200kW will be available to the drivers, there will be a higher power mode of 225kW. The higher power mode can be accessed when a driver passes through the activation zone, which will be clearly marked for the benefit of everyone watching the race.
And FANBOOST, where 250kW will be available to three drivers, can be activated only during the higher power mode.
We're sure, you passioneers, are in sync with us when we say we can't wait for Season 5 to begin with all these exciting new rules. Not long to go now!