Ahead of the fourth season of the FIA Formula E Championship, which starts early December in Hong Kong, the series for electric race cars announced a few tweaks of the rulebook.
Formula E confirmed that the drivers can use an additional 10kW of power in race mode next season, with the power raised from 170 to 180kW. The qualifying power remains capped at 200kW.
No long everyone can chase a bonus point for the fastest lap. In earlier seasons drivers who had no longer a chance to finish in the points, opted to switch strategy and only made attempts to secure the fastest lap to obtain the point that comes with it. But that will no longer be the case. Only drivers classified among the top 10 finishers will be able to secure the additional bonus point.
The FIA also announced a series of other amendments to the sporting regulations for the new season.
- Elimination of a non-qualifying session when two races take place during the same event
- Increase in the number of promotional days from three to six days per team with a maximum of three days on circuit. This is to encourage teams to take part in more roadshows
- Addition of a practice session day during the season and a practice session day reserved for rookies
Formula E also announced the entry list for season 4. Three name changes can be noted. ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport has now become Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler to emphasise Audi’s status as an official manufacturer. NextEV NIO Formula E Team removed NextEV, while the brand name Faraday Future is no longer attached to Dragon Racing. The manufacturer still commits to their technical alliance.
The 10 official entrants for the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship are:
- Andretti Formula E
- Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
- Dragon Racing
- DS Virgin Racing
- Mahindra Racing
- NIO Formula E Team
- Panasonic Jaguar Racing
- Renault e.dams
- Venturi Formula E Team