Formula E is the world’s youngest motorsport. Just nine years since the first ABB FIA Formula E Championship, its global popularity continues to soar. The 2022/23 season promises both fans and teams a non-stop thrill ride, with electric racing making its debut in two additional countries and the introduction of new, faster and more energy-efficient Gen3 race cars.
Taking the action to the streets in Season 9
One of the biggest distinctions between Formula E and other racing classes is that we are not limited to using traditional racetracks. The fact that most of the circuits incorporate city streets and existing sports stadiums in their respective host cities makes the racing so much more exciting and engaging for spectators. Invariably it requires more manoeuvrability and quicker reactions from the drivers. It also impacts on the design of the race cars, which are slightly shorter and not as wide as in other classes, to make up for the tighter turns and reduced overtaking room.
Energy efficiency – the Holy Grail
The very concept of Formula E was born from a desire to push the limits of performance efficiency through advanced engineering. Electric racing takes energy management and conversion to a whole new level. All-electric race cars are engineered to maximise energy conservation and conversion (in regeneration mode). The remarkable new 99X Electric Gen3 cars unveiled for Season 9 maximise regeneration capacity with front and rear powertrains that almost double the generative potential of their Gen2 predecessors, which were only equipped with rear powertrains. They’re also lighter and more aerodynamic – all of which contribute to blistering top speeds of over 320 km/h.
The stunning new Gen3 cars that will be revealed in Season 9 have been designed for ultimate sustainability. All Gen3 suppliers operate in line with top international standards to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing (ISO 14001) and must have a 3-star FIA Environmental Accreditation rating. Among other sustainable processes is the use of recycled material from retired 99X Electrics! This includes tyre rubber and carbon fibre for the bodywork. The advanced Gen3 batteries also consist of sustainably sourced minerals, which will be reused and recycled at the end of their life.
Putting fans in the driver’s seat.
In Formula E, getting closer to our fans is more than just physical. Uniquely, we also invite spectators – both at home and at the events – to help decide the race outcomes by actively deciding beforehand who will qualify for Fanboost. Exclusive to Formula E, Fanboost is linked to an online poll via a hashtag on Twitter, the Formula E app, and the official Formula E website. When the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team’s fans cast their votes, the driver with the most receives a temporary 30kW power burst for the forthcoming race. That extra boost, strategically deployed, can make all the difference in the heat of the race – whether initiating a tricky overtake or defending a lead. Spectators can easily see when Fanboost is enabled, as the halo system on the race car lights up purple. The halo also lets everyone see when drivers engage the compulsory one-off energy boost of Attack Mode – it glows blue.
New places, new faces
Last season’s racing itinerary included Mexico City, Monaco, Rome, Berlin, London and Diriyah as well as two new locations: Jakarta and Seoul. In Season 9, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will also be taking the thrills to motorsport-mad fans in Sao Paolo, Brazil and Hyderabad, India. For the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, the addition of António Felix Da Costa is exciting news indeed. The talented and highly awarded Portuguese driver replaces André Lotterer, pairing up with Pascal Wehrlein in a power driving duo that is predicted to make waves on the circuit.
When do we go green?
Official testing starts in Valencia, Spain from 11–14 December 2022. The Championship kicks off properly with the first race on 14 February 2023 in Mexico City, where the team had their best result in Season 8 – a spectacular one-two win. As such, the circuit holds a special significance for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team. And, naturally, hopes for a Valentine’s Day victory are not far from their hearts. Whatever Season 9 brings, it’s certain to be an emotional rollercoaster.