Formula E is considering upping its power output for the 2015/16 in a proposal currently under evaluation by the FIA.
In this year’s inaugural championship, cars were restricted to 150Kw in race mode, while the full capacity of 200Kw was available for both free practice and qualifying. However, the review could see cars having up to 170Kw during races as soon as the opening round of the second season in Beijing this October.
Team Aguri recently ran with the increased power capacity during their unofficial test at Donington Park. Team Principal, Mark Preston, reports that the additional energy could provide strategic boosts for racers: “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.”
With a considerable focus on the development of the powertrain in 2015/16, the additional power capacity could provide additional intrigue for teams, drivers and fans alike. Of course, it remains to be seen how this would be impacted by FanBoost as well, which may lead to greater energy management between peaks from drivers.
Team Aguri will continue to use the same McLaren Electronic Systems powertrain that it utilised in 2014/15. Meanwhile, Renault, Citroen DS (Virgin Racing), ABT Sportsline, Andretti, Mahindra, Venturi Automobiles, Motomatica and NEXTEV TCR will introduce their own units.
Team Aguri also used the test to produce Pedro de la Rosa with his first taste of Formula E machinery, with the ex-F1 driver believed to be in contention for a seat in 2015/16.