"If Racing Was a Game, Consider It Changed."
With just a month to go, we're getting excited about ABB FIA Formula E: Season 5.
Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team), Valencia pre-season testing - Credit: LAT/Formula E
Formula E's on-screen offering is set to be shaken up this year, alongside the introduction of Gen2 cars, and the arrival of the first Japanese manufacturer to race in FE: Nissan e.dams.
Other changes include: new cities across five continents; one car per driver - no more mid-race car swaps; 45 min timed races - no more set laps; and increased power - higher top speeds.
BMW i Andretti Motorsport has emerged on top in first season as factory team at pre-season testing ahead of season five.
Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), Valencia pre-season testing - Credit: LAT/Formula E
The Formula E partnership with YouTube means that races will be streamed live for the first time from the opening round of season five.
Initially exclusive to the UK, the deal will see Formula E stream all of its races live on YouTube Internationally with guest appearances from influencer presenters throughout the course of its fifth campaign.
FE previously broadcasted practice and qualifying sessions on YouTube – and made full event reruns available on the platform – but races were not screened live.
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will also be shown on the BBC for the very first time, with the British public broadcaster bringing fans every race of the new season on their live events platform starting December 15 with the opening round - the SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix.
TVNZ are broadcasting on Duke with Season 5 previews available from November 17 OnDemand.
A broadcast practice took place at the recent FE season five pre-season test at Valencia. This occurred during the ‘race simulation’ organised at the request of the teams so that they could sample the new 'Hyperboost' race format. Originally known as 'Attack Mode', Hyperboost is set to be fully integrated into FE Broadcasts. This will be linked with the LED-shod halos on the Gen2 cars, which light up when drivers are completing an attack mode run at a higher power level, and on-site digital screens to transmit the system’s use to fans watching trackside.
The Halo Effect at Valencia
Comprehensive online and digital coverage of the electric street racing series, one E-Prix will also be transmitted live on BBC network television this coming season.
In a world first for motorsport, drivers will be able to access a higher power mode (Hyperboost) in addition to FANBOOST, by passing through an activation zone marked out and visible on the circuit for fans at the track and those watching on TV. When a driver passes through the activation zone, they will be able to access 225kW of power - as opposed to the standard 200kW available during the race. Signalling the power hike is the job of the new LED illuminated FIA halo head protection device, which will show different colours for each of the two power modes. The exact number of individual uses and relative duration of the higher power mode will vary at each event and will be determined by the FIA. It will be up to the teams and drivers to decide when to activate the higher power mode throughout the race within the limits set by the FIA. Drivers who are allocated fanboost activation during FE events from season five, will only be allowed to use it when they are in Hyperboost mode, which will add 100kJ and raise power to 250kW.
It is thought that Hyperboost will be mandatory but only become active two laps into each race and will not be available during the final two laps. But to the requirements of each race.
Meanwhile, in Valencia ...
... the season pre-testing over the past few days has seen not just one gen-2 car but a whole swag of them - 22 to be exact.
Jose Maria Lopez (GEOX DRAGON) and Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW i Andretti Motorsport),
Valencia pre-season testing - Credit: LAT/Formula E
After three days of testing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo with the new Gen2 machinery, Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) posted a best time of 1:16.977s - over three-tenths clear of his closest rival and reigning Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne for DS TECHEETAH.
After announcing its arrival into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in October 2017, Nissan partnered with seasoned Formula E outfit e.dams (formally racing partner of French manufacturer Renault) to become Nissan e.dams.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing head into its third season in the series with its new Gen2 Jaguar I-Type III and no change to its team set for Season 5. Inaugural FIA Formula E Champion, Nelson Piquet Jr. will again partner New Zealander, Mitch Evans, who remains at the team for a second season after his impressive Formula E debut. They will be looking to improve on their 6th place Season 4 finish.
2018/19 - Official pre-season testing (Combined fastest times over three days)
1 - Antonio Felix da Costa, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, 1:16.977s
2 - Jean-Eric Vergne, DS TECHEETAH, 1:17.342s
3 - Alexander Sims, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, 1:17.402s
4 - Jerome D’Ambrosio, MAHINDRA RACING, 1:17.431s
5 - Andre Lotterer, DS TECHEETAH, 1:17.437s
6 - Sebastien Buemi, Nissan e.dams, 1:17.473s
7 - Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, 1:17.535s
8 - Felipe Massa, VENTURI Formula E Team, 1:17.696s
9 - Edoardo Mortara, VENTURI Formula E Team, 1:17.729s
10 - Pascal Wehrlein, MAHINDRA RACING, 1:17.781s
11 - Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, 1:17.819s
12 - Jose Maria Lopez, GEOX DRAGON, 1:17.830s
13 - Mitch Evans, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 1:17.864s
14 - Maxi Gunther, GEOX DRAGON, 1:17.947s
15 - Stoffel Vandoorne, HWA RACELAB, 1:18.032s
16 - Robin Frijns, Envision Virgin Racing, 1:18.088s
17 - Sam Bird, Envision Virgin Racing, 1:18.115s
18 - Gary Paffett, HWA RACELAB, 1:18.164s
19 - Tom Dillmann, NIO Formula E Team, 1:18.217s
20 - Oliver Turvey, NIO Formula E Team, 1:18.240s
21 - Antonio Fuoco, GEOX DRAGON, 1:18.284s
22 - Nelson Piquet Jr, Panasonic Jaguar Racing, 1:18.498s
23 - Dani Juncadella, HWA RACELAB, 1:19.353s
24 - Oliver Rowland, Nissan e.dams, 1:20.416s
25 - Alexander Albon, Nissan e.dams, NO TIME SET
Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), Valencia pre-season testing - Credit: LAT/Formula E
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