It has been yet another manic and exhausting day in the Valencian heat, with a full day of testing plus the simulation race to trial the race format being squeezed into Wednesday’s schedule. Attack Mode had its first trial with the season five grid and a departure at Nissan lead to a surprise arrival. This testing day even had a driver smash the unofficial test record – a 1:16:977! Read on for all the top stories from today’s testing.
Despite teams having previously trialed their new Gen2 machinery in private tests since the season four finale in New York, today marks the start of the official pre-season test for the FIA Formula E Championship.
With all 22 drivers taking to the track for the first time since the launch of the second generation Formula E car, there is a lot to be learnt from the three-day test that takes place this week.
Managing your source of power in motorsport is vital. It can make or break a driver’s race weekend. Guaranteed, the actual act of running out of fuel during a race is something that has not happened in Formula 1 for many years, but in a sport like battery-centred Formula E, managing the power source until the end of the race is still a learning curve for some of the championship’s brightest talents.
With a new generation of Formula E just months away, pre-season testing for season five getting underway in October, the innovative second gen car will incorporate a battery that will last the entire race distance. For the first four seasons of the all-electric championship the cars had a capacity to last half of the race distance, resulting in a tense and often highly-strategic mid-race car swap. The new battery, developed by McLaren Applied Technology, will see the top power output increase to 250 Kw/h (335bhp) and an additional 50 Kw/h available to drivers during qualifying sessions.