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Formula E lets you decide who gets to go faster | Weird Rules

November 20, 2019

– I wanna start this one talking about a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial. – Sure. – You know the one where they’re
all sitting around inside and the game is really close and Buffalo Wild Wings has some sort of mechanism where they can control the outcome of the game to keep people there
and having a good time – [Will] They can extend the game. – [Ryan] Sure, like the
sprinklers come up or whatever. – Right. – It turns out, there’s
actually something similar in a sport, where you can
interact with the sport itself via the internet. And I’m really excited about it. It’s not in any of the
sports we’ve talked about. This is a Formula E racing rule. – You’ve wanted to do
this one for a while. – I have wanted to talk
about this forever, because I think it is absolutely wild. – Spoiler! I have never understood it, so good luck. – I’m gonna walk you through it, I’m gonna try and take you through it, it’s a lot of fun. When they created Formula E, in 2014, which is just an electric
version, somewhat, of Formula 1 racing, with
battery electric cars. They created this thing called “Fanboost”. Basically, what Fanboost is, is you get online, on your
computer or your phone, you vote for your favorite driver, and 15 minutes before the race, they announce the top five drivers. And they say okay, somewhere
in the second half of the race you will have five seconds
to use your Fanboost. And your Fanboost is a button in your car that activates an extra
reserve of battery power so you can go a little bit faster. You’re bestowing onto your favorite driver a video game powerup. Basically for five seconds, you get to say “Here’s
a Mario box, enjoy.” – It feels very weird for
there to be a very, like, outward facing contest for popularity, that then also comes with a prize that could help you win it. – So, that is true. And some people have been upset, cause it feels cheap, right? It feels like social media
corrupting yet another thing. – Right. – The boost that you get is
not a major game changer. It is just enough, if you’re
like, neck and neck with a guy, it’s just enough to help
you overtake him or her. – So this is the equivalent of, like, the NBA putting a Twitter poll up to decide the opening tip off. – Kind of, yeah. Sure, that’s a really good example. Yeah yeah yeah. It’s really more of just
a transparent, like, “Hey kids! You like racing?
You like your phone? “You can use your phone! “To determine the outcome of
the race, isn’t that cool!” – The MLB, it’s the world’s oldest sport, I think. I would love to see them put
a twitter poll out that’s like “One of these teams has to change “their starting pitcher in the fourth. “Now vote.” – [Ryan] Who’s your favorite batter? They get a metal bat, for one at bat. – Oh.
– There you go. – Okay, okay, okay. I’m turning around on this rule. – Right? Well, if you like that, they also introduced for the most recent season another element, that takes it even more into, like, “Ready Player One” territory. That doesn’t require a fan vote at all. – It’s further Tron’d. – Further Tronified the sport, yes. It’s called “Attack Mode”. Which feels lazy, feels like you could, maybe,
spice it up a little bit. But basically, what
Attack Mode is, is if you so there are designated
parts of the track. If you hit your Attack Mode button before you go into the Attack
Mode section of the track, and you drive off the main
racing lane for that segment, and then you come back
into the racing lane, your car has the ability to use also an extra little bit of
power boost, in the battery, to make you go a little bit faster. So you hit the button once to arm it, You go through like, the zone, off a different part of the the course, and then you come back in, and now you can hit the button again and get a little bit of a boost. – That’s trash! – It’s trash? You think so? – You can’t call that Attack Mode. That is the death race
portion of the track. Like, that is where anything goes. – [Ryan] So you wanna see oil spills? – [Will] Yeah, yeah. Like, cartoon-esque cars attacking cars
– [Ryan] Shit coming out of the back of your car, or like spikes and stuff? – [Will] Some Mad Maxian stuff. – I think it’s fun, cause
it’s as close to having a Mario question mark box
on the track as possible. – Yeah, no, it’s cool, it’s cool. Whatever. But like, call it something else. If you have “attack” in the name, and you’re already pulling out, like, “the internet, can, you
know, make you go good”, like, just change the name. – Change the name. – Attack means attack. – Right. – Not go faster. – It’s maybe a little lame,
but I think it’s a great way of bringing one of these
sports into the future. – It’s cool, it makes the
fans feel like they matter. – It makes the fans feel like you matter, when you really don’t. And I just think, like, when we start putting robots
and stuff onto the field, instead of human beings, who get hurt. – In like, the, far off in 2023. – Yeah, yeah. Way, way down the line in 2023. – We’ll all be dead. – When we’ll all be dead, and robots are playing these sports. I think it’ll be cool to give, you know, – Robo Joe– – Aaron Rogers the fourth, like an extra rocket boost
on his pass, or whatever. – I was gonna say Robo Joe Montana. – Rob Joe Montana, yeah. – I was proud of that. I was happy with that. – Yeah, Robo Joe Montana. Get him out there, for the
special fan vote edition of, like, what NFL great you
want on the field today. – [Will] But for some reason
we’ve still given them fully functioning knees
with ACLs that get torn. – They will for sure
still blow out body parts, but then instead of carting them off, you just have nerds run onto the field, and, like, repair them right there. Hook all their wires back up. – It’s high school robotics class versus high school robotics class. It’s Robot Wars! – Yeah, it’s basically Robot Wars. That’s where we’re getting
with this, is Robot Wars. Think of the possibilities. – [Narrator] Thanks for
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  • Reply SB Nation June 20, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    If you could pick one thing in sports that you could vote for and it would alter the game (in a not totally game breaking fashion), what would it be? I think I'd like to be able to vote for a baseball team to have to play the first inning with two outfielders.

  • Reply Ryan Collins June 24, 2019 at 3:04 am

    “The Internet can make you go good,” Sb nation guy, 2019

  • Reply J Burns June 24, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Wow great chemistry with these two very very funny lol

  • Reply khamjaninja June 24, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Weird Rules suggestion: Larry Taylor of UConn, and his "fake fair catch" in 2007. Larry Taylor was a punt returner and basically, one day, he realized that if he only waved his hand once, that he wouldn't technically have made a fair catch signal. But, the opponents might think he did and not tackle him. So, when receiving a punt against Louisville, he waved his hand only once, caught the ball, and then sprinted down the field untouched for a 73-yard touchdown. Louisville was obviously very upset, but the officials said they couldn't video review whether he'd made a fair catch signal, so the TD stood.

    So Taylor thought he'd found a loophole – but actually, no, it turns out that there is an obscure rule regarding fair catches. What it states is that yes, if you don't wave your hand twice above your head, then this isn't a fair catch signal. However, if you make any other hand gesture that might be interpreted as a fair catch signal, then it's actually foul for "invalid fair catch signal" – five yard penalty from the spot of the catch.

    Taylor tried it again later that season against Syracuse. I also believe that sometime in that season, he signaled a fair catch in a game against Cincinnati, but was decleated by the Cincy gunner anyway, who accepted the 15-yard penalty -presumably a consequence of Taylor's previous antics.

  • Reply Killer Kamanu June 24, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Attack mode is just taking like taking a small joker lap but you get a boost

  • Reply JJJS 0801 June 24, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Do a moment in time for West Indies Vs England T20 Final 2016.

    I know you lot will not know a lot about cricket but this moment has a lot of moving parts which make it a gr8 story to tell

  • Reply Abdul Fattah June 24, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Pls do a Rewinder for the last lap of 2008 brazilian grand prix, "is that glock?" Moment?

  • Reply awesoeCAMI June 24, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    3:50 So basically F-Zero.

  • Reply Karr1711 June 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    the attack mode is quiet nice in my opinion. it adds a tactical component to the race. in formula e there are no pit stops, so no tyre change and (obviously) no refuel, so they needed to spice it up.

    the fanboost on the other hand is utterly bullshit!

  • Reply Matt June 24, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    MLB oldest sport in the world? Pretty sure football (soccer) is older than America

  • Reply Josh Doyle June 24, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Please do more racing sports content.. F1 and Nascar.. Hell I`ll take Indy.

  • Reply Bradley Hancock June 24, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Love the racing content. Need more on this channel!

  • Reply Geo S. June 24, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    I'm a fan of Formula E. Give it a chance, it is pretty cool and enjoyable to watch. Plus the cars are the coolest looking design you may ever see.

  • Reply Sam Sullivan June 25, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Can we all agree to use the fan boost on Jon Bois, even if he isn't your favorite, I think a 10% boost to him would help us all.

  • Reply Avery Tatavitto June 25, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I love the idea. It's fun

  • Reply Derek McCord June 25, 2019 at 12:35 am


  • Reply Shaun Albert June 25, 2019 at 1:20 am

    NICE!!! A racing video

  • Reply Michael Burgarino June 25, 2019 at 2:21 am

    More racing/F1 content pls

  • Reply Xylophone T June 25, 2019 at 3:03 am

    I give my fan boost to card show

  • Reply hardaysknight June 25, 2019 at 4:49 am

    I’d be EXTREMELY down with the robot football

  • Reply Henry Steiner June 25, 2019 at 7:09 am


  • Reply Squibby J June 25, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I want some goddamn cheese but nooo I gotta eat my pickles with cereal

  • Reply Swollen Nutty June 25, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    they basically turning this sport into mario kart racing 9. they should scatter mushrooms and turtle shells around the track

  • Reply Sean R June 25, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Would love to see more racing and F1 content 😉

  • Reply Pygmalion June 25, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Apparently meritocracy and skill doesn't matter anymore.

  • Reply Matthew Misch June 26, 2019 at 1:57 am

    I vote for Jon bois

  • Reply Tommy Esposito June 26, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Can you do Kenly Jansen’’s intentional balk?

  • Reply Clayton Hurdle June 26, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    So we'd only have to wait 11 weeks for the next chart party instead of 3 months?

  • Reply Adam Medina June 26, 2019 at 8:26 pm


  • Reply Der männliche Mann June 26, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    The good thing is Formula E is like Nascar and Indycar. Not really racing so nobody cares

  • Reply Mitchell Smith June 27, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Do the rule about the cricket game where the ball gets hit into the tree and the guy scores so many runs until the other team gets a ladder to get the ball out

  • Reply Gopherfan18 June 27, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    If a player had a metal bat in MLB nothing is stopping the pitcher from walking them. Still counts as an a plate appearance

  • Reply Jason Vaivada June 27, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    The only thing that really sets out this rule from things like DRS or Indycar's 'push-to-pass' is the fact that it's voted on by fans, which I think is the dumb part.

    Indycar's push to pass, to me, is the closest to a mario kart rule: at least the driver controls it all the time like in Mario Kart. Strangely it's the one most people say is the best out of all these "boosts" in racing nowadays

    Even DRS you can only use in certain areas.

  • Reply Tiago Alves June 27, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    That guy just said that the MLB (baseball) it's the oldest sport. Aren't you forgetting something?

  • Reply TheSpoonKing June 27, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    The only kind of racing that is worth watching is Rally.

  • Reply Matt Tarrant June 28, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I like FE but the fan boost is stupid

  • Reply Matt Tarrant June 28, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Metal bat rule would be dope, dangerous, but dope

  • Reply Yosh June 28, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Rewinder:Hamiltons pass on Glock at 2008 Brazil

  • Reply Matt Tarrant June 28, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Should do a video about F1 drivers losing after the podium celebrations have already occurred

  • Reply EGGZ June 28, 2019 at 1:52 am

    “2023 when we’re all dead” that’s in four years bro

  • Reply polyhistorphilomath June 28, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Why does everybody forget about Robo Joe (Montana)?

  • Reply ibieiniid June 28, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Not all that different from style points in judged sports.

    Did I mention I absolutely hate judged sports?

  • Reply Deontay Ginger June 28, 2019 at 2:13 pm


  • Reply Ryan Haley June 28, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Can I get a SportsBeef about Nico and Lewis please

    Also can I write it

  • Reply duncathan_salt June 29, 2019 at 6:11 am

    it's boost power from f zero

  • Reply Kim June 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Cant wait to see hackers start to do something to the cars😂

  • Reply Parker Churchill June 30, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Can we get a jon bois fan boost

  • Reply That Skinny Child June 30, 2019 at 6:26 am

    He just said the mlb was the worlds oldest sport

  • Reply Yinx July 1, 2019 at 12:20 am

    “MLB, it’s the worlds oldest sport I think” ahahaha. US living in that bubble of thinking they are the most important again. It’s not even close to being the oldest.

  • Reply David July 1, 2019 at 5:16 am

    1. Instead of the 5 favorite pilots getting the boost, should be the pilots who have the slowest laps.

    2. In football (soccer), the team that is losing gets 1+ player until it ties.

  • Reply Richard Ballan July 1, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Robot Wars… Robot Wars… Don't you mean ROBOTICA??

  • Reply alfie horn July 2, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Mlb worlds oldest sport what get out of here

  • Reply Garrett Marshall July 3, 2019 at 12:41 am

    This is actually the most stupid thing i have ever heard of

  • Reply Pandoran Bias July 3, 2019 at 3:53 am

    What your telling me is technology is letting us turn formula racing into mario kart? SIGN ME UP!

  • Reply Anthony Suriano July 3, 2019 at 7:09 am

    – Wendall Scott’s only win taken away then given back
    – Derrick Cope winning the Daytona 500
    – The 1992 championship race
    – Earnhardt/Labonte Bristol battles
    – Jeff Gordon’s bump-n-run on Rusty in the Bristol night race, 2002
    – Jimmie Johnson winning at Atlanta 2004 after the Hendrick plane crash
    – Dale Jr leaving DEI (NASCARs “Decision”)

    – DEI after Earnhardt’s death/Jr leaving for Hendrick
    – Roush Racing or Petty Enterprises
    – Jeremy Mayfield
    – Shane Hmiel throwing his potential away; temper/drugs

    Weird Rules:
    – The entire playoff format
    – You don’t have to be in the car to get credit for a race win (Aric Almirola/Denny Hamlin)
    – “Boys have at it”
    – Your choice of any instance of NASCAR inconsistency with rules

    Worst Race:
    – 2008 Brickyard 400
    – 2001 All Star Race
    – 1969 Alabama 500
    – 2001 Daytona 500
    – 2012 Daytona 500

    Beef History:
    – Tony Stewart and Penske
    – Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin
    – Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace/Brad Keselowski/Clint Bowyer
    Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth
    – Darrell Waltrip and everybody
    – Kyle Busch and Richard Childress Racing/Kevin Harvick
    – Jimmy Spencer and Kurt Busch
    – Dale Earnhardt and Terry Labonte
    – Kurt Busch and crew chiefs

    High Score:
    – Richard Petty 200 wins
    – Petty/Earnhardt/JJ 7 championships

  • Reply George TheDev July 3, 2019 at 7:51 am

    A weirder rule in Formula E, is "Attack Mode" & the crazy stuff you can do because of it.

  • Reply T-Jenga July 4, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Tony Ro-Bo (Romo)

  • Reply kapten awesome July 4, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I hade no idea of this, this is amazing!

  • Reply Darcy Buckle July 4, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    considering you did a weird rules on the afl recently, you should do a rewinder on mathew scarletts toepoke in the 2009 grand final

  • Reply Stephen Colbourne July 4, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    As an f1 fan I want to die after hearing the stupidity. But it's grand at least we get some publicity

  • Reply PGDJ July 6, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Damnit SBnation fan boost isn’t real!? You’re safe for now Jon Bois

  • Reply Florian Niedermair July 10, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    This video is kinda fun… Two guys who have no clue about racing are talking about racing
    Edit: I hate attack mode and Fanboost

  • Reply Jon Khoo July 10, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Please do a video about the Ferrari collapse post Michael Schumacher

  • Reply Stephen Walker July 13, 2019 at 10:11 am

    "MLB is the world's oldest sport" – the origin of cricket goes back to 1597 😂

  • Reply MoonEyes2k July 17, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    "Baseball is the worlds oldest sport"….? Really? Wow.

  • Reply paulbaeza7 July 17, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    “Whoever wins will make videos ten percent faster” Jon Bois: now makes 1 video every 2 months

  • Reply doge dabber July 22, 2019 at 3:56 am

    makes the fans feel like they matter when they really dont 5:00

  • Reply Nick Jones July 24, 2019 at 3:47 am

    What if boxing had a fan boost that allowed a fighter to use gloves 2oz heavier for 1 round.

  • Reply Andrew Murphy July 27, 2019 at 9:09 am

    The guy who draws the pictures apparently doesn't know what a metal bat is in baseball lol

  • Reply MVP MVP August 1, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    thats so embarrassing for a "sport" to do

  • Reply Robbie Kite August 6, 2019 at 4:51 am

    3:53 that’s literally just Mario kart

  • Reply the1fortheages August 6, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    @sbnation The reason i watch sbnation is because of #weirdrules. MOAR….pls

  • Reply PKking August 7, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    If you are going down the motorsports rabbit hole, a couple of interesting ones to look at from F1 would be the "All cars must have 4 tires" and the "No movable aerodynamic parts (ie: fan cars)" rules.

  • Reply Kai Green August 12, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Love how yanks actually think Baseball is the oldest sport in the world…

  • Reply Jeremy Blea August 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Did anyone think of the problems of mechanical limitations? What if you use the boost of battery power but the battery fails. Explodes the battery. That car it out of the race. Doesnt that fix the power of Likes vs. Dislikes.

  • Reply Travis August 20, 2019 at 11:15 am

    I'd watch Nascar if they turned it into Mad Max.

  • Reply DocHoskins August 20, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    What? No Hunger Games reference???

  • Reply Bradley Sad Falcons Fan And Alabama Fan August 25, 2019 at 7:33 am

    BROOOO that is the best rule I’ve ever seen😂😂😂

  • Reply M September 5, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Should've called him Robo JoMo

  • Reply Ukulele Productions September 8, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Damn! I can't wait for the NRFL (National Robot Football League)

  • Reply Ruuaz September 12, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Not gonna lie this has made me interested in e racing

  • Reply Lucas Liso September 14, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    There was this rule made in the Argentine football (soccer) league some decades ago that is no longer in effect. There was this goalie known as Hugo Gatti that would play using flashy outfits, usually with a whole kit in the same color and such. The football association of Argentina once had enough and made a rule that stated that the goalie of a team had to wear shots and socks matching the rest of the team on the field. As stated before, the rule is no longer in effect.

  • Reply Michael Benedict September 17, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    And I thought Nascar had a gimmick problem

  • Reply ESGO55 September 18, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Which is faster in a straight line? DRS or FanBoost?

  • Reply ReTheMi September 24, 2019 at 5:20 am

    What was this video, I’m entertained for sure but very confused

  • Reply Ben Tuttle September 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Attack mode just sounds like DRS with extra steps.

  • Reply KoolKive September 25, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    remember when buffalo wild wings told every man that their man cave was basically some shitty cuckold room and that they should visit buffalo wild wings for a real place to eat. i remember

  • Reply DoomSandwich September 29, 2019 at 6:00 am

    “Who’s your favorite batter, they get a metal bat for one at bat”

  • Reply Kako September 30, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Attack Mode just F-Zero

  • Reply Joel Sittler October 1, 2019 at 7:08 am

    "Its called attack mode!"
    "But basically what attack mode is…"
    "If you hit your attack mode button before you go into the attack mode section of the track…"
    "You go through like the zone… then you come back in, now you can hit the button again and get a little bit of a boost."
    "I think its fun…"
    F off. Take a hike. But also maybe the funniest weird rules video yet.

  • Reply ForsakenAlpha October 3, 2019 at 5:26 am

    So, they just made Mario Kart with a popularity vote? Sounds like my kind of sport.

  • Reply Nelson Maccini October 6, 2019 at 3:08 am

    "The MLB, it's the oldest sport in the world, I think."
    A) It's a league, not a sport
    B) Cricket is hundreds of years older than baseball

  • Reply blackace 77 October 21, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Bruh this is literally speed racer their talking about, am i right.

  • Reply Robert Sacher October 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    So basically they have 1 red mushroom, and those sections on the outside with boost pads.

  • Reply KandaPanda October 24, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    "Before the race starts, the following racers will a blue shell…."

  • Reply Kyle Reeping October 26, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Formula E is not just an "Electric version of Formula 1." A more accurate description would be "A slower, shorter, quieter, more boring version of formula 1 where the cars aren't even good enough to make it the whole (shortened) race so a "pit stop" consists of a driver literally hopping from one car into another." It's barely more than fast electric go-carts around a go-cart track, and sounds about the same as well. If you like watching and listening to RC cars race, then you'll LOVE formula E.

  • Reply Young DURG October 27, 2019 at 5:44 am

    That whole idea is dumb af

  • Reply Pootisbird 3000 November 9, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I’m pissed off that people keep calling attack mode a Mario Kart thing, it’s clearly from F-Zero

  • Reply Afdgxzghzgfhgfzh Azghzdfhxfghxfgjxhgj November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Formula E is an embarrassment to racing.

  • Reply Emil Falk November 15, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Bsseball is the oldest sport in the world? That's a yikes if i've ever heard one

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