Driving over special “turbo boosts” to gain speed is a familiar concept to anyone who’s played Excitebike or Mario Kart. But whether they’ve played those mages or not, it’s about to become a familiar concept to Formula E drivers, as well. That’s because the FIA has confirmed the use of “Hyperboost” zones for the upcoming 2018/19 FE season!

The cars are all-new for this season, with a standard race setting fat 200 kW. Meanwhile, the “hyperboost” mode (it probably won’t be called that when it debuts, officially) will turn up the juice to 225 kW once a driver goes through an activation zone.

That activation zone is expected to be somewhat off the preferred racing line, forcing the drivers to sacrifice some time now for a 2-4 minute power boost later. Digital screens will be placed nearby to signal the area to spectators, and the screens will also be arranged differently at each track.

“The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has always produced highly-competitive and unpredictable racing,” said series CEO Alejandro Agag. “The new format and split levels of power being introduced for season five will add an extra strategic element, and continue to offer intense and exciting competition between some of the most talented drivers and biggest brands in motorsport.”

Whether or not the new “hyperboost” zones will create the kind of chaotic, exciting racing that the organizers hope for remains to be seen. Still, it might be fun to see how these guys plan to implement this gimmick new technology- what do you guys think? Is this the way forward for top-tier racing? Is it any better than Formula 1’s DRS? Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page. While you consider your answers …


NES Excitebike | Speed Boost

Source | Images: Autosport.