Drivers and team managers from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship have shared their opinions on the new-generation car which was launched at the Geneva International Motor Show on Tuesday.
The car, which will have almost double the useable energy through a new battery, also sees the halo safety device fitted with an LED lighting strip that is designed to indicate race information such as the proposed new boost mode, as revealed by e-racing365 last month.
It will run on a new spec of all-weather tire supplied by Michelin, which has been designed to be lighter and have less rolling resistance than the present tires.
The unveiling of the car has provoked an overwhelmingly positive reaction from several drivers and key personnel in the paddock.
Mahindra boss Dilbagh Gill says he believes the FIA and Formula E’s creativity with the halo device is one of the key elements of the design.
“I think the car looks really striking and I especially like the halo and how Formula E has utilized it to be engaging and useful for communication,” Gill told e-racing365.
The Season Five car has so fan run with much of its back-end from a Season Three Mahindra powertrain.
The motor and gearbox came from the Indian manufacturer while the inverter was taken from an Andretti package.
“I have heard the testing has been constructive and now we have a very busy period to get things ready for the test in a few weeks’ time,” explained Gill. “It will be tight but we will make it.”
NIO is one of the manufacturers which has elected to skip the first group manufacturer test but the Chinese team believes that the technical challenge of the new Formula E car is one to be relished.
“I think the way the car looks is spot on for the series and the future messaging around it,” NIO Technical Manager Paul Fickers told e-racing365.
“Racing should be about making a statement and Formula E has certainly done that today. The real technically interesting thing for us is that the car can run for double the time.
“All this means we have to get double the lifing of parts and we also have more thermal management to deal with now too, so really everything is twice as interesting from the technical point of view.”
Lucas di Grassi, who has been a driving force in the all-electric series since organizer and promoter Formula E Holdings Ltd. was founded in 2012, is excited by the prospect of racing the car.
“The car is a beautiful piece of art, not only in the aesthetics of it but also in the engineering,” said the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver.
“The car is much more efficient aerodynamically, has much more power. It is a huge step for everyone following Formula E and I can’t wait to drive this machine.”