System E reveals revised calendar, new qualifying format for Season 8
The sporting laws for Season 8 of the ABB FIA System E World Championship had been right this moment ratified by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council. Following session by the FIA and System E with sporting, technical and industrial stakeholders, the WMSC accredited three key updates, together with a 16-race calendar with new race areas confirmed together with the addition of Jakarta with Vancouver and Seoul, and an all-new knockout-style qualifying format.
System E races can now have extra race time of as much as a most of 10 minutes added when incidents lead to a security automobile or full-course yellow neutralizations throughout the usual 45-minute + 1 lap race. As ratified at July’s WMSC, System E’s all-electric Gen2 automobiles will be capable of use 220kW of energy subsequent season, a rise from 200kW, through the races. Energy allowed throughout Assault Mode will even improve to 250kW from 235kW in Season 7.
The brand new qualifying format will characteristic teams and head-to-head knockout duels, sustaining the potential for any driver to start out on pole, with the intention of offering drama and unpredictability all through.
Qualifying will characteristic a primary spherical of two teams with every driver in a position to make a number of makes an attempt at quickest laps inside their allotted time. The highest 4 fastest-lap drivers in every group will progress into head-to-head duels on a knockout foundation in quarter-finals and semi-finals. Pole place shall be determined in a closing head-to-head duel, with all grid positions primarily based on both success within the head-to-head duels, or lap occasions relying on which stage of qualifying drivers attain.
“The adjustments being made to qualifying and race time replicate our and the FIA’s concentrate on sporting integrity and maximising the racing spectacle,” mentioned Alberto Longo, Chief Championship Officer and co-founder of System E. “Our new qualifying format will showcase the groups and drivers head-to-head all through the season whereas nonetheless permitting any driver on their day to take pole place. For our followers, the brand new qualifying format was designed to be intuitive, unpredictable, and entertaining.
“The flexibility to extend race time when we’ve got incidents through the common 45-minute race is a product of the fast evolution of electrical car expertise and the continuous enhancements in vitality effectivity by ABB System E groups.”
Frederic Bertrand, Director of the System E and Progressive Sport Actions Division of the FIA, mentioned: “To safe an much more genuine and intuitive sporting format, each our sporting and technical groups on the FIA have put a variety of efforts collectively, in collaboration with System E, to first suggest a pretty and disruptive new qualifying session. It has been designed to take away the impression of monitor evolution through the Teams whereas simplifying the understanding for the followers and optimizing the present with the Duels.
“Moreover, the efficient racing time will even be improved with an revolutionary extra time system and make sure the battle goes on till the checkered flag. With all these new challenges for groups and drivers, I’m certain the competitors will as soon as once more be tremendous tight in Season 8 and I’m actually wanting ahead to it!”