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Revealed: New Generation Car Runs in Secret Test

The new generation Season Five Formula E car ran for the very first time last month during a top secret test….

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The new generation Season Five Formula E car ran for the very first time last month during a top secret test, e-racing365 can reveal.

The run, which was undertaken at the little-known Circuit Ecuyers facility near Reims in France, is believed to have been conducted independently by Spark Technologies.

Current ART Grand Prix GP3 driver Anthoine Hubert was the test driver undertaking the initial running. So far it is understood that 400 kms of testing have taken place but that not all of the Season Five bodywork was used.

Great secrecy has been centered around the new design, which the FIA is describing as the first modern international racing car which it is actively managing from the tendering process to final testing and distribution.

It is not known exactly what hardware the new package was running at the test and if a fully complete new generation battery was installed for the run.

The car did not run with a HALO safety device but witnesses to the test have described to e-racing365 that the car will be “remarkable and like no other single-seater seen before.”

It remains to be seen when the car will test next but the run last month puts it well ahead of its targeted schedule.

Formula E and FIA officials previously suggested an October date at the earliest for the first test of the car, which will be known initially as the “Gen-2 Formula E car.”

All nine Season Five manufacturers are set to receive its cars at the end of February.

E-racing365 broke the news last week that a six-week delay has been accrued due to the implementation of the HALO device. This is because of modifications that need to be made to the Dallara-manufactured monocoque.

The look of the Season Five car is set to be revealed early next year before the physical model is presented at the Geneva Motor Show, which begins on March.8.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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