Formula E and the FIA have released the first digital images of the next-generation car for season five of the electric street racing series, showcasing a strikingly futuristic new look. The physical model of the Gen2 car, with full technical specifications, will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The Gen2 Formula E racer will make its competitive debut in the 2018/19 ABB Formula E Championship, and will be used for the next three seasons.
This is the first car ever to be created by the FIA, which brought together some of the world’s most renowned designers and engineers to work on the concept. The common package of specification parts will be homologated and built by the competing manufacturers to house their own bespoke powertrains.
The new car features improved performance, with almost double the energy storage capacity and double the range of the current version. This means that the drivers will be able to complete a full race at higher speeds without making a mid-race car swap. This is clear proof of the great advancements in battery and motor technology that have been achieved in only four years.
“I’m sure that everyone will be very excited by how futuristic and advanced [the next-generation car] is,” said FIA President Jean Todt. “I’m very proud that the FIA has been at the forefront of this car’s development – it’s something new for the Federation, and the project has been a huge success.”
“This car represents the future of racing,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Formula E. “When we started Formula E, our goal was to break the mold and challenge the status quo, bringing a revolution to motorsport. This next-generation car represents that revolution. The cars will be faster and will have almost double the amount of energy storage capacity and double the range, demonstrating the continuous evolution of battery technology.”
Source: FIA Formula E