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Crash Test Incident Delays Team Testing

Incident in crash testing causing delays for Gen 2 manufacturers ahead of crucial homologation deadline…

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Both the on-track testing and homologation procedures of some of the Gen 2 ABB FIA Formula E Championship cars have been affected after an incident during part of a recent official crash test.

E-racing365 believes the issue occurred during a manufacturer suspension buckle test, which was designed to protect against damage to the rear of the survival cell with rear wheel side loadings.

Such impacts on track are common in Formula E when the rear of the car slides and makes contact with the tightly confined walls of the street circuits.

The FIA mandates that the rear suspension should buckle below a load of 112 kN applied at the hub without any damage to the survival cell or bell housing fixings.

It’s understood that a possible test rig malfunction occurred earlier this month to one of the soon-to-be-homologated cars, with the exact cause of the damage currently being evaluated.

E-racing365 understands there has been knock-on complications for another team which has delayed testing in the wake of new crash test dates, with the initial team affected by the damage now waiting for a re-test.

It comes in the wake of the homologation deadline of July 31 for all Gen 2 cars.

The test took place at the CSI Test Institute in Milan, which specializes in structural analysis of materials.

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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