3/24/2020

Attack Mode

In every second of a race, it all comes down to the inch. It’s a tough fight. Every gap is used, and every attempt is made to hold the position – or better still improve it. The fight for the racing line is a hard one, particularly when it comes to tight corners. So why should a driver diverge from the racing line and risk taking the long way around?

It is no longer a secret that Formula E is an extraordinary racing series – ultimately, the past few years have seen it establish itself with its innovative concept. And the fact that it regularly questions itself and improves is part of its short history. For example, attack mode was added to the 2018/19 season. The goal: to make racing more exciting. To use this mode, the driver must consciously deviate from the racing line, drive exactly through a marked area, and take the long way around - something that would be unthinkable in traditional motorsport. However, for their deviation from the best racing line the driver is rewarded with an extra 35kW of power. So that the teams are not able to prepare a suitable strategy in advance, the race organizers only release the attack mode details 60 minutes before the start of the race. The precise zones, the duration, and the number of possible uses of the attack mode are therefore a new surprise every time.

Activate attack mode – and use it wisely.

When one of our drivers decides to use attack mode, they must press a button on the Porsche 99X steering wheel before entering the zone. This unlocks the attack mode and enables the extra power to be used when overtaking on the area marked on the track. Once activated, the halo on the race car glows blue, signaling to the fans that it has been deployed.

So that attack mode can fulfill its true purpose in the race, it is not allowed to be used during safety car periods. The race is also interrupted when the yellow flag is shown. In both cases, attack mode and overtaking are not allowed.

We know that André and Neel will give it their all in our first season. When attack mode gives them an extra power boost - you’ll know...

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