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Cockpit Vision Fears Disregarded

Vision from the cockpit of the new car presents “no significant issues” according to driver…

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The vision and perspective from the cockpit of the new ABB FIA Formula E Championship car is not affected by the Halo or the wrapped-wheel bodywork, according to one of the drivers at this week’s test.

There had been some concerns from teams and drivers about the one-piece front bodywork which encases the front wheels in addition to the halo safety system on the radical-looking car.

However, fears of diminished forward vision and peripheral viewpoint from the cockpit have been unfounded after the two days of running at the Monteblanco circuit in Spain.

The driver, who e-racing365 has agreed not to not to identify, said that the cockpit view had “no significant issues” for the drivers during the first serious manufacturer testing in Monteblanco.

“The halo has zero impact with the visibility,” he said.

“There is more bodywork around the wheel arches which does diminish a little what you can see but I would say above all it is better than I expected when I first saw the car. There is no significant issues in this area.

“The car is made specifically for city street tracks, so you can’t compare the visibility with anything else like LMP or GT cars.

“These types of design are built with Le Mans in mind but these have to race on tracks with big kerbs, hairpins and so on.”

Chief in the minds of the FIA and the roster of suppliers that have contributed to the new-look car is that it stays true to Formula E’s USP of spectacular street racing.

This is something which the drivers have largely found to have been upheld by the second-generation car.

“In my mind it is important that we don’t lose the core components of what makes Formula E great, which is close and difficult street racing,” the driver said.

“I am more confident now having driven the car this week that we still keep these values. I think that for a first significant test the car has met favourable opinion.

“Of course it is a test, so lots of data has to be analyzed but if one message is to come out then think the second phase of Formula E will be very interesting for the fans.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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