Formula E has revised its fan boost format for the second season which begins next month with fans being able to vote up to six minutes into races.

The championship has heralded the move as a 'unique socially interactive concept' in which fans will be able to vote which drivers receive the power boost while the race is running, instead of the vote closing before the start of the race, as seen in the inaugural Formula E championship. The vote will then close after the first six minutes of the race.

As a result, the three drivers who receive the fan boost will be awarded the extra power when they switch into their second cars midway through the race. The additional power has also upped by an extra 100kJ of energy to be used in a 'power window' between 180kW and 200kW.

This means each driver will have the opportunity for either a more powerful but shorter blast or a longer but less powerful boost. The fan boost will still only be used in one sustain blast.

Voting will be made possible through the official Formula E website and app and will open 12 days before the race. Voting for the 2015/16 season-opener, the Beijing ePrix, will open on Monday 12th October.

"FanBoost is a unique, fan engaging element of our series and by being able to vote during the race the level of engagement will increase significantly, creating a real-time relationship between drivers, teams and fans," Ali Russell, director of media and strategic partnerships at Formula E said. "We are delighted to partner with Telescope, who have a proven track record in this field, and with their expertise we will evolve the FanBoost concept to become a standard bearer for fan interactivity in sport."

Telescope, which specialise in real-time fan engagement across social media platforms, believe supporters influencing the race could fundamentally change the sport.

"Today's hyper-connected fans are constantly looking for ways to get ever-closer to their favourite sports," Jason George, CEO of Telescope, said. "We are proud to partner with Formula E to do just that - granting fans the capability to have a meaningful and exciting impact during a live race. These live mechanics have the power to change the face of sports as we know it - turning audiences from passive onlookers to active participants."

 

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