Formula E revealed a physical model of its next-generation racer, which will debut in the 2018/19 season, at the recent Geneva Motor Show. Technical specifications of the Gen2 car are also now available on the Formula E web site.
Other than the striking new look, the most notable change is the battery, which has almost twice the energy storage capacity of the previous version. With double the range available, there will no longer be any need for a mid-race car change.
Maximum power output has been increased by 50 kW, to 250 kW, enabling a top speed of around 174 mph. The Gen2 car also features the new Michelin Pilot Sport tire, which is lighter than its predecessors, and boasts significantly lower rolling resistance.
“It’s encouraging to see the progress made in just four years – to double the range of the car and increase the power output is the result of a great effort,” said FIA President Jean Todt. “With the support of so many manufacturers, Formula E will continue to push the development of electric vehicle technology, and promote sustainable mobility in many cities around the world.”
FIA Technical Director Gilles Simon said the Gen2 racer was “a hugely collaborative project, and I would like to thank everyone at the FIA, and all of our technical partners and official suppliers for their tireless work to make this car a reality.”
“If you were to draw a racing car from scratch and base it purely on its looks, you’d come up with just this design,” said Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag. “Not only is it striking on the eye, the performance and range show clear progress in terms of technological development in only four years. This model visually differentiates Formula E from any other single-seater in motorsport today. When people see this car they will say it’s Formula E, it’s the future.”
Source: Formula E