When it comes to the regulations, what changes have been made?
“In terms of technical regulations from the FIA the only main difference from last year is the increase in power under race conditions, so we can now run 170kW in race trim. However, there have been many changes to the championship regulations this year, principally the introduction of eight manufacturers selected by the FIA, including Renault, who are allowed to develop new powertrains, which comprises the e-motor, inverter, gearbox and cooling system. Here at Renault Sport we have exclusively designed and developed the Z.E.15 powertrain for the Renault e.dams squad, which is the result of many years of experience and proficiency in electrical systems.”
So why did Renault want to become a manufacturer this season?
“With innovation and excellence etched into Renault’s DNA, it was only natural that the manufacturer would support the world’s first fully electric competition. Indeed, having contributed to the development of Season 1’s Spark SRT_01E chassis and supported Renault e.dams in their Teams’ title-winning inaugural year, we’re now fully committed to the FIA Formula E Championship.”
And how does it impact Renault’s road-going commitments?
“Motorsport is a great way of discovering and progressing new technologies and then applying this know-how to all-electric vehicles in general. And, in turn, we can consult Renault’s road-going data and expertise to develop our approach to Formula E.”
What about Fan Boost? That’s changed as well this year…
“Yes, Fan Boost was often a critical factor to the race result last year. This season, voting is open 12 days before each event and continues into the first six mi
nutes of the race. As with last year fans can cast their vote via the Formula E website and app, as well as on Twitter and Instagram by including the necessary driver and Fan Boost hashtags in their posts.”
How does that impact on the winners?
“The top three drivers from each Fan Boost vote will be awarded 100kJ of extra power, which they can only deploy in their second car following the mid-race car swap.”
The opening round of the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship takes place in Beijing on October 24. To give Sébastien and Nicolas an extra boost during the Beijing ePrix, vote for them via http://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/#votingframe or the Formula E app. Alternatively, any Twitter and Instagram post including #FanBoost plus #SebastienBuemi or #NicolasProst will be counted as a vote. You can vote once per day, from 12 days before the event (October 10) until six minutes into the race.