Currently there are two fighter hulls with power bonuses in the game, the Federation Falcon and the Imperial Ballista. I’ve been tinkering with the Falcon and I cannot come up with any kind of setup that actually uses the extra power that the small bonus grants.
Fitting one of the three different generators on the Falcon with the 12% bonus will give you 6.36, 7.48 or 8.60 power (does anyone ever fit more then one?). The power values without the bonus would be 6.00, 7.00 or 8.00.
The highest of these, 8.60, is too little to fit a pulse laser and the fastest engine (need 8.70 for that). If you switch the pulse to an ordinary laser you need 7.90 power, the bonus is wasted. If you downgrade the engine instead you will be way below the generated power so you might as well downgrade the generator too.
With the nr 2 generator you get 7.48 power. That’s too low to fit the fastest engine and a laser cannon (7.90). Fitting the nr 2 engine and a pulse laser needs 6.80 power and the bonus is wasted again so let’s switch to the smallest generator.
Using the smallest generator, you get 6.36 power, not enough for the pulse and nr 2 engine mentioned above (6.80). Switching to the laser cannon instead of the pulse means you’ll need exactly 6.00 power, what you’d have without the bonus. Sticking with the pulse and downgrading to the weakest engine you’ll need 5.80 power.
Those are the only setups demanding power for the Falcon that I can think of (ignoring the rocket setups*). Can anyone come up with a setup were the bonus is needed for the Falcon? Is it the same for the Ballista? If the bonus power is never used the bonus should probably be changed or maybe the power output of the hull could be increased a little to give you that tiny bit extra needed to use one of the setups mentioned above. Perhaps the power bonuses would make more sense on fighters that can fit more than one weapon?
Sorry if this got a bit long, I kinda got carried away having fun testing stuff in the ship designer…
*I actually just managed to come up with a rocket setup that needed a bit of the extra power. Using the smallest generator, you can fit a rocket launcher, the nr 3 engine and a nr 2 engine for a total power requirement of 6.10. Removing the weaker engine makes it faster though so nevermind that…