Ahead of being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the first digital images of the next-generation FIA Formula E car have been released. The new car will run in the fifth season of the all-electric single-seater series.
Making its competitive debut for the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the fully-electric Gen2 car (not to be mistaken with the Gen2 that was made by a Malaysian carmaker) will be used for the next three seasons.
The futuristic-looking car visibly represents a new era for Formula E and further distinguishes the series from other categories in motorsport.
“This car represents the future of racing. When we started Formula E, our goal was to break the mould 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. Together with the FIA, we’ve achieved a great milestone with the introduction of this car and I can’t wait to see it on track,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E.
This is the first car ever to be created by the governing body for motorsport, with the FIA bringing together the world’s leading 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 powertrain.
The new car demonstrates a step-up in performance from the current iteration with almost double the energy storage capacity and double the range, meaning the teams and drivers will complete a full race distance at higher speeds without making a mid-race car swap. The Gen2 car is clear proof of the advancements in battery and electric motor technology achieved in the space of only 4 years.
“These are very exciting times for Formula E. 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. I can’t wait to take the covers off the real car when it will be seen for the first time in Geneva on March 6,” said FIA President Jean Todt.