It’s unique in motorsports. In theory: fans are able to alter the outcome of a race. The FIA Formula E Championship introduces its ‘FanBoost’ feature where it put fans in charge of giving the most popular drivers an extra ‘power boost’.
The car’s power is restricted to 133 kW (180 bhp) during the race, but a limited amount of power boosts might help the drivers to overtake while using the car’s maximum power output of 200 kW (270 bhp). But for each race, the three drivers with the most collected votes will receive one additional 2,5 second power boost.
Votes can be cast online at the official website and social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Sina Weibo from July 1 and via the official Formula E app which will be launched in September. And of course, votes can be shared on anyone’s social media timeline.
The vote closes on the day of the race and the FanBoost recipients are revealed to the teams 20 minutes before the race starts. To avoid abuse, PriceWaterhouseCoopers is hired to independently validate the vote collection and counting procedure.
Who would you vote for? Check it out here.