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Third Generation Car Concept Talks Continue

Third gen cars were discussed at a recent Technical Working Group meeting…

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A full concept for the third-generation ABB FIA Formula E Championship cars is yet to be completely decided after the latest Technical Working Group meeting was held recently.

The discussions, which were held in Geneva on April 3, were attended by all registered manufacturers up to and including Season Six and centered on continued deliberation around the technical structure of the third-gen car.

The next iteration of Formula E cars is set for a three-year rules cycle starting with Season Eight in 2021-22 and is generating considerable debate among the manufacturers and the rules-makers at the FIA.

The car is set to come into effect after a three-year run with the second-generation platform, which will make its race debut later this year in the start of Season Five.

The direction of rules in relation to possible freedoms in opening up to manufacturers is being debated, with increased entries in the future, including the imminent Porsche and Mercedes factory programs.

The FIA remains resolute in its strategy of following its technical roadmap for the all-electric series but is known to be open to considering some areas of freedom for entrants in the future.

“We are keeping things open on what we discuss but the bigger picture has to be sustainability for the combined good of the championship,” Professor Burkhard Goeschel, President of the FIA’s Electric and New Energy Championship Commission (ENECC), told e-racing365 last month.

“The cars will be quicker from Season Five but not massively so, we need to concentrate on the efficiency and range.

“This will be a step-by-step process because we have to think about the point where the cars need to stop getting too quick because we want to keep the street racing feel.”

Talks on a variety of technologies, among them front axles, MGUs and battery developments, are being discussed but no clear model has yet been identified.

Cost-controlling Formula E as it matures is understood to still be the primary concern of most of the parties involved in the discussions.

Mercedes attended its first Technical Working Group at the Geneva meeting with a delegate from Mercedes High Performance Powertrains present.

E-racing365 understands that Ford representatives did not attend the meeting but will receive notes of the discussions after beginning its procedures to potentially join Formula E in the near future.

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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