Formula E is expected to initiate a ‘speed boost’ available to all drivers from season five onwards, as pitstops will be made redundant due to the introduction of the second generation Formula E car that will last the entire race distance.
The strategy, which will see the cars having to drive off the racing line in order to collect a ‘boost’ and then re-join the racing line, is the same “Mario Bros” idea that CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag told Autosport about last month, “like when they get the little star and go faster,” he added.
It is understood that the boost available to drivers will see a 12.5% increase in power, with a working title of ‘hyperboost’ being used to describe the idea. Fanboost is still expected to remain, a system that allows fans to vote for a favourite driver and give the most popular three an additional 100kj of energy that can be used in a window for 190kW to 200kW.
The driver will decide the lap they commit to ‘hyperboost’ which will solely inform the FIA and ensure it will be a safe option. There is concern, however, as to how drivers will return to the racing line once they have committed themselves to this ‘hyperboost’ as to avoid any accidents on track initiated by driver simply joining the pack at a time that suits them. It is also believed that the teams are aware of this new format.
The FIA are anticipated to confirm the new format in the coming weeks.