Most motorsport fans are aware of Formula One, with the competition being watched worldwide. Most of these fans aren’t aware of Formula E, the new racing circuit under the FIA Branding that started in 2014. Formula E was created with the primary goal of sustainability and to reduce carbon footprints from the FIA. Already, the technology being designed through FE has assisted with Formula One, which has resulted in the announcmnent that F1 will be completely sustainable and fuel-efficient by 2030.
Formula E accomplished its sustainability goals by maintaining car batteries using 100% Renewable Fuel. The tires that support these cars are recyclable and can last an entire race, allowing for consumption of rubber to be 80% lower than Formula One. The league also chooses city circuits that are in dense rural areas, which means there isn’t any parking for vehicles. Fans of the sport are asked to use public transportation to reach these events.
This racing league has struggled to reach the popularity of Formula One. There have been multiple drawbacks since the series was created, with the most significant being that drivers had to switch cars mid-race. This was because Generation One FE Cars couldn’t last an entire distance. However, Generation Two was released in 2018 and can last the full length of a race.
The world has begun to move towards electric vehicles, with countries like Germany noting that all gas-powered cars will be banned by 2030. Nations supporting the new electric vehicles have the perfect testing arena with Formula E.
Fan Boost and Attack Mode
The differences between Formula E and F1 are significant. Audience interaction is a vital part of the eco-friendly motorsport, with spectators playing critical roles during the race. Before the introduction of the Generation Two FE Cars, this spectator role was called Fan Boost. It allowed for spectators to vote for their favourite driver, with the highest percentage driver receiving a boost in battery power/life.
This feature was changed in 2018 and was rebranded as Attack Mode. This mode enables viewers to once again vote for their favourite driver. Whichever driver receives the highest percentage will receive a boost in speed. This is similar to the Down Reduction Force System used in Formula One. Since the introduction of Attack Mode, the action on the grid has been unsuspecting and saw multiple winners on the field. Those wanting to watch Formula E can view the first race of the season on November 24th, 2019.