SEASON START: 15 December, Riyadh
PRE-SEASON TESTING: 16-19 October, Valencia
A NEW ERA BEGINS
This season, Formula E is taking a step further into the Motorsport legacy. As the Generation 1 cars completed their very last race in the streets of New York, with the Title clinched by Jean Eric Vergne, a new Era is about to begin.
The all-electric serie is ready to write history with the debut of the Generation 2 car: a more powerful, more aggressive, longer lasting electric car that will change the way of watching Formula E.
New cars, new circuits, new rules, new constructors, new faces: the Season 5 of Formula E will feel like a brand new start.
Let's dive into it!
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THE GEN 2
The SRT05e was designed by Spark Technologies under FIA's instructions (the first sketches were made by Jean Todt himself), utilizing a Dallara spec chassis.
This is a low drag, electric beast: every angle of it is designed for the maximum aero efficency: covered front wheels, no rear wing (except for two, adjustable flaps).
Along with the more powerful battery (+50 kW), this leads to an increase of more than 50 km/h in Top Speed (from 220 to 280 km/h).
Combined with a F1-esque 0-100 km/h acceleration (2.8 sec), those cars are set to improve lap Gen 1 lap times dramatically!
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MORE CARS, MORE FUN!
The new Formula E season brings new faces into the championship: Andretti operations are taken over by BMW, while Renault is leaving space to Nissan.
And with the arrival of the HWA AG (German racing team with great DTM records), Season 5's FE grid will feature 22 cars!
The number will rise up even further in Season 6, with the arrival of Porsche & Mercedes Factory teams, making Formula E the most relevant championship in terms of constructors presence. (9 of them).
SEASON 5 REGULATION CHANGES
- No More quali lottery. (apart from the first race)
There will be 6 cars (max) groups, determined by championship position with the best placed driver in the first one.
- NO MORE CAR SWAPS. The cars will be able to complete the 45 minutes race with little energy saving.
In order to mantain a strategic element in the racing, the "Boost mode" will make its debut.
Similar to the WTCC's Joker Lap, drivers will have to run over a specific section of the track before activating a +25 KW boost that can be used for 8 minutes.
It's up to the driver & the team to decide when to use it, opening interesting strategic opportunities! (not at the start or in the final lap),
- RACE LENGHT will be no longer determined by a certain amount of laps.
The e-Prix will be timed in 45 minutes + 1 lap after the timer reaches zero.
DS Techeetah: Jean-Eric Vergne - André Lotterer
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler: Lucas di Grassi - Daniel Abt
Virgin-Audi: Sam Bird - Robin Frijns
Mahindra: TBA - TBA (Pascal Wehrlein is rumored)
Jaguar: Mitch Evans – Nelson Piquet jr
Nissan: Sébastien Buemi - Alexander Albon
Venturi: Felipe Massa - Edoardo Mortara
NIO: Oliver Turvey - Tom Dillman
Dragon-Penske: Josè Maria Lopez - TBA
BMW: Antonio Felix Da Costa - Alexander Sims
HWA-AG: Stoffel Vandoorne - Gary Paffet[/i]
Source: ABB FIA Formula E
*round 6 is confirmed in Sanya, China