Formula E trialling race power increase for season two

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Formula E drivers could have more power at their disposable during races for season two following tests at Donington Park.

As reported in our Formula E round-up last week, Team Aguri undertook its first test following the conclusion of season one and its split with title sponsor Amlin.

Part of this test saw the team trial race simulations at a higher power output of 170kw, compared to the season one limit of 150kw.

The Formula E cars have a maximum power output of 200kw, but this is only available during practice and qualifying on race weekends.

During races, the limit of 150kw can rise to 180kw if drivers have received a FanBoost, which is used much like push-to-pass following a vote via the Formula E app.

Speaking following the test at Donington last week, Team Aguri team principal Mark Preston explained how he thinks the power upgrade would be implemented in season two if it goes ahead.

“The FIA are looking at changing the peak power especially in the race,” Preston said. “The laps and race distance will probably be the same but we might have a higher level of power available.

“But you probably will only be able to use the peak power at certain times in the lap or maybe in particular phases of the race.

“It’s not ratified yet but we were able to run the predicted levels to see how it went.”

Team Aguri was joined at Donington by F1 veteran Pedro de la Rosa, who enjoyed his first Formula E test and hinted that he would be open to a full-time drive in the series.

“It was a really good test and having feedback from an experienced driver like Pedro was great for the team,” Preston said.

“He’s been testing and racing for the last 10 years for the likes of McLaren and Ferrari and ran a lot of stuff including energy recovery systems.

“We could just run all day with no interruptions from other red flags and the reliability is super.”

The second FIA Formula E season is due to kick off in Beijing on October 17.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”