Professor Burkhard Göschel, one of the most influential technical chiefs in motorsport, says that a more aesthetically pleasing Halo safety device for Formula E could be worked into the future car’s design.
Göschel, who is the head of the FIA’s Electric and New Energy Championship Commission (ENECC), is fundamental to the current and future rules making of the FIA Formula E Championship and has articulated the latest situation regarding the addition of the safety device.
This aligns with the vision of reigning Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi, who has been pushing for a bespoke Halo.
“It is much easier if you can integrate the Halo in the new design of the body and make it an integral part of the structure so it is not added on and designed in,” said Göschel. “We are getting much more experience in what we can do to get better aesthetics.”
Göschel also addressed the weight issue for the new Season Five car, which e-racing365 last week revealed had tested for the first time at a top secret test.
“Weight is a key factor and we can compensate something with the chassis,” said Göschel. “At the end we are getting a kind of weight reduction compared to the first estimates.
“This is through a better calculation and simulation after the crash test result where we put a reduced weight in the body structure, which is a tough issue because it is all carbon fibre and it is not too heavy.”
The Halo has to be integrated in to the body structure which comes from Spark via manufacturer Dallara.
E-racing365 understands that work on the implementation of the Halo fitting will go to a homologated safety equipment procedure to FIA standard, and three companies are under evaluation.
Battery Tests Iron Out Issues
Recent track testing of the Season Four battery, which will have almost double the amount of usable energy for Formula E cars, has overcome vibration issues after the recent top-secret runs.
The tests, which occurred ahead of schedule, have helped the FIA understand how the battery, which is heavier than its Williams Advanced Engineering built and engineered predecessor.
“We have a challenge in this late phase. It’s a big job but I think we can manage it,” Göschel said.
“The tender was a little bit late but now what we see is our contract partner [McLaren Applied Technologies] progressing well and I feel comfortable we are reaching the goals for Season Five.”
E-racing365 has discovered that issues with vibrations within the battery have been solved after initial testing, which was conducted by Spark with drivers Anthoine Hubert and Benoit Treluyer.
It turned out to be a mechanical problem rather than anything within the chemistry of the Sony derived technology, which is being assembled at the Atieva company in San Francisco, and managed by McLaren Applied Technologies.