The next-generation Formula E car has made its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, ushering in a new era for the FIA Formula E Championship. The covers were taken off the FIA Formula E Gen2 car by FIA president Jean Todt and founder of Formula E Alejandro Agag.
Other than the new look, the most notable change comes underneath the bodywork. The battery range has been doubled over that of its predecessor; with almost twice the energy storage capacity available to the teams and drivers, a mid-race car change is no longer necessary. Alongside the improved longevity, the maximum power output of the car has increased to 250kW – an increase of 50kW that will see a potential top speed of 280km/h.
Additionally, integrated as part of the chassis is the new Halo head-protection device, along with an innovative strip of LED lighting. The lighting system concept will indicate strategies such as power modes and other race-related information, with more details to be revealed ahead of the start of season five.
The Gen2 car also features the new Michelin Pilot Sport all-weather tire, specifically designed for the unique demands of electric street racing. Not only is the tire lighter than its predecessors, but it also boasts significantly lower rolling resistance.
The new model will compete over the coming three seasons, starting with season five in late 2018.
“The FIA Formula E Gen2 really looks like a car of the future. 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 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.”
Alejandro Agag said: “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. Not only is it striking on the eye, but the performance and range show clear progress in terms of technological development in only four years.”