Formula E will trial new Attack Charge feature at select races next season.
The new feature utilises fast charging technology which will allow batteries to receive 4kwH of energy in 30 seconds.
At select races next season, drivers will make a compulsory 30 second pit stop which will “unlock two enhanced Attack Mode periods”. During these periods the power of the car will increase from 300kW to 350kW.
Which races will have the Attack Charge feature is yet to be announced. It’s likely they will be in the second half of the season which is due to start in Mexico City in January.
“Our updated sporting regulations are evidence of the continued evolution and positive impact of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for drivers, teams, partners and fans into the consumer EV world,” said Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle. “The combination of sporting enhancements, a step change in car performance, cutting-edge battery technology and the innovation of Attack Charge will make our racing more competitive and entertaining while showcasing the future for EV development. This is at the heart of what Formula E set out to achieve and we look forward to seeing the new generation come to life in Season 9.”
The FIA World Motor Sport Council also approved other changes to the Formula E format. Races will now run to laps rather than a set time, with additional laps being added if the race is disrupted by a full course yellow or safety car.
Formula E will also mandate that all teams must run a rookie driver in two FP1 sessions throughout 2023. A rookie will be classed as a driver who has never competed in the series before.
“We are creating the perfect conditions for the very best racing drivers and teams to succeed and win,” said Formula E co-founder and Chief Championship Officer Alberto Longo. “Switching to laps allows teams a greater degree of race strategy planning. Introducing Attack Charge at races later in the season will add a whole new dimension to race strategy for teams and interest for fans. We are also preparing for the future with the opportunity for new drivers in the championship to take a seat and show what they can do.”
Formula E also confirmed that Fanboost, an initiative where fans could vote to give their favourite driver an increase in power during the second half of the race, has been discontinued after having been part of the series since the first race in Beijing in 2014.