Fans across the world will see 22 new Gen2 cars, new tracks, new rules and new drivers added to the championship.
DS TECHEETAH drivers, André Lotterer, and the reigning Formula E Champion, Jean-Éric Vergne, returns to field the DS E-TENSE FE19 Gen2 cars for the season ahead. They will start the season by tackling the new 2.5km 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, is set to return with updated regulations. We will now see the Top 5 drivers getting the fan voted energy boost on track, that’s another two drivers gaining the advantage compared to the previous seasons. Fans will now also be able to vote 15 minutes into the race, further adding 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. 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 52kW/h 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 200kW (in race mode) to 225kW, giving the drivers an advantage to overtake, opening new strategic opportunities and delivering more dynamic races. To be able to go into ATTACK MODE, the driver must go through an activation zone, located outside of the race line. The number of activations and the period of use will be determined at each race by the FIA.
Jean-Éric Vergne #25: “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.”
André Lotterer #36: “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 this week. It will be very interesting to see how the first race pans out as there will be some surprises, that’s certain.”