Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag is relishing the start of a new era for the electric-powered championship as teams are given more technical freedom for its second season.
After being restricted to the powertrain supplied by Formula E for season one, teams are now able to produce their own powertrains ahead of the second season, which starts in Beijing on October 17.
Most of the teams have already conducted some private testing, with Team Aguri trialling a possible increase in available power for races at Donington Park last week.
Speaking on the FIA Formula E website, Agag was delighted that teams were now taking on the technical challenge of developing their own powertrains, believing that this will result in faster and different sounding cars.
“Technology remains at the heart of Formula E,” Agag said. “What we want to do is be the framework for better technology for electric cars.
“Having already eight different powertrains for season two is fantastic. The teams are keeping things close to their chest though!
“They all say they will be significantly faster than the cars in season one which is great news. Also, the sound of each one is slightly different too.”
Agag also confirmed that Formula E is considering making changes to the implementation of FanBoost, which allowed fans to vote for which drivers would receive a power boost during races.
“Fans can expect another great season with different technologies and therefore uncertainties,” he said.
“We also want to look at bringing FanBoost into the race, to be more open and flexible – and to make it more real.”
In season one, FanBoost saw fans vote on the Formula E app for their favorite drivers in the lead-up to a race. The three drivers with the most votes received a 30kw power boost that could be used twice during the race.
However, it is understood that officials are keen to make FanBoost an in-race feature, opening voting after the start. Fans would then have a short window in which to vote for which drivers received FanBoost, thus making it more interactive and less predictable.