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Formula E Rules-Maker: Series Has “Plan and Purpose”

FIA rules-maker believes Formula E currently has a more positive future vision than Formula 1…

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The rules-maker who influences the technical regulations of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has said that the series presently has more future vision than Formula 1 as it enters its second era later this year.

Professor Burkhard Goeschel, who dictates the technical roadmap of the championship, believes that Formula E will go from strength to strength after unveiling the new-generation car in Geneva this week.

Goeschel, through his role as the President of the FIA’s Electric and New Energy Championship Commission (ENECC), forms the basis for the technical rules which Formula E follows.

He feels that the new car is the result of a stable technical vision and platform which has been carefully built up with the backing of the competitors.

“I feel it is a proud day to show the second iteration of the Formula E car,” Goeschel told e-racing365.

“I think it was important to show something different away from the traditional single-seater look.”

Goeschel made the distinction between the issues of understanding Formula 1’s regulations in recent years.

A perception of over-complication and expense of F1 power units has often been cited as an issue for the pinnacle of motorsport.

“When I look at Formula 1 now I see a complicated but traditional single-seater, when I look at a Formula E car I see something with a plan and a purpose,” said Goeschel.

“This, I feel, is super important these days in racing. I helped formed the rules in F1 over a decade ago where KERS was used for the first time.

“It was good for a while but the complexities and costs now are extreme. Can the public understand a Formula 1 engine clearly now? I’m not so sure really.”

Formula E Roadmap Remains Strong

Formula E will not deviate greatly from the technical roadmap it has set out in recent years despite increasing pressure to do so.

The FIA is known to have come under some pressure from new manufacturers recently entering the series to make some adjustments for the third generation of car from 2021 onwards.

These were particularly directed at the battery and a possible opening up of this area for manufacturers to introduce their own technologies and chemistries.

“In Formula E, the technical roadmap looks good and we will not move too much away from it,” said Goeschel.

“Yes, next season there will be active braking systems, and while it is true that this can be viewed as helping the driver, I also feel that it is relevant to the auto industry, so we have to have some flexibility I feel.”

Goeschel was particularly keen to point out that Formula E cars should not make massive strides in outright top speed in in order to ensure it does not outgrow the downtown city street circuits with which it has become synonymous.

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

“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.

“We should take good care to not make sure Formula E starts going to always normal permanent race tracks as this goes against the ambience and DNA of it in the first place.

“The classic attitude of motorsport is going. We have to move in a different way and to integrate some new ideas to create a format which is going into the new world, the new tech world.”

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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    Chris Llana

    March 8, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Any further word on whether a second, front-axle motor will be incorporated for season six or beyond? Four-wheel magnetic/regenerative braking would increase efficiency, and would maintain some parity with technology already used in electric street cars.

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