After months of hard work and deliberations ahead of season 9, Formula E and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced a series of updates to the sporting regulations that were approved by the World Motor Sports Council.
One of the novelties refers to the lap replacement time. In this area, it is important to note that races will be conducted in laps instead of a set period of time.
To maintain consistency with the change to laps, Safety Car and Full Course Yellow race interruptions will now be compensated with additional runs, replacing the race time function.
Formula E explained regarding the power supply of the single-seaters that the “Attack Charge” will be introduced in selected races later in Season 9.
The electric series and the FIA have been working with strategic technology partners to develop pioneering batteries and charging capabilities that will enable the new smaller, faster and lighter Gen3 cars to receive an energy boost during the race.
This collaboration has resulted in the development of a battery capable of receiving 4kWh of energy in 30 seconds, the most advanced EV battery in the world today, provided by a 600kW booster.
In line with the new charging regulations, Formula E has determined a mandatory 30-second attack stop during a preset period in the race, which will unlock two enhanced attack mode periods. These will be implemented later in the competition where the starting power of Gen3 race cars will increase from 300kW to 350kW.
Another provision passed by Formula E states that each team must complete at least two Free Practice 1 sessions during the season with a driver who has never competed in the championship before.
The aim is to give emerging drivers the opportunity to experience the unique qualities of Formula E racing and contribute to the team’s progress.
On the guidelines for the new season, Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E, explained that the updated sporting regulations are evidence of the continued evolution and positive impact of the tournament for drivers, teams, partners and fans in the world of consumer electric vehicles.
“The combination of sporting improvements, a radical change in car performance, cutting-edge battery technology and Attack Charge innovation will make our races more competitive and entertaining, while showcasing the future of electric vehicle development,” he noted.
Reigle stressed that the arrival of the Gen3 era encompasses everything Formula E set out to achieve since its founding in 2014.