If you’re a fan of Formula E electric racing – and the Argo-sponsored Faraday Future Dragon Racing team – you may not be able to climb behind the wheel of your favorite driver’s car, but the motorsport’s unique online voting system puts the throttle in your hands.
Starting six days before each race and lasting into its first six minutes, you can vote online to give your favorite driver a FanBoost – a burst of real power that can provide a strategic race advantage.
The boost is given during the last half of the race to each of the three drivers tallying the most votes. The 30-kilowatt, 5-second energy surge gives the drivers 100 kilojoules (kJ) of energy, which equals a brief boost of about 40 horsepower.
Drivers may use their FanBoost any time after the race’s midpoint, once they’ve switched into their second car. The additional power must be used as a single shot.
FanBoost alone isn’t enough to win a race, but it can help a driver pull past a rival or strengthen a lead. No other race series has such a system to reward fan favorites.
Formula E fans can vote in three ways:
- On the official Formula E website.
- On the official Formula E app, available on iOS and Android and downloadable on iTunes and Google Play.
- On Twitter, by posting or retweeting using #FanBoost and the hashtag for your favorite driver’s name. (The Faraday Future Dragon Racing team’s hashtags for the Paris ePrix are #JeromeDAmbrosio and #MikeConway.)
You can vote once a day through each channel, meaning you have the potential to vote up to three times per day. An independent, third-party provider handles the polling to protect its integrity.
Last season, Lucas di Grassi was the FanBoost champ, winning the coveted power boost on five occasions. Both he and Sebastien Buemi are tied for all-time FanBoost champion, having won the popular vote 11 times since the series’ 2014 launch.
Before the next race, give Dragon Racing’s D’Ambrosio and Conway your vote. FanBoost voting for the May 20 Paris ePrix starts on May 14.