The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has released the first images of its second generation car that will race from Season Five.
The model, which is currently known as the ‘Gen 2’ car, will complete a full-race distance from Season Five with an all-new battery that will almost double the useable energy from 28kWh to 54Kwh, as well allowing more maximum power throughout race weekends.
The Gen 2 car images feature the ‘Halo’, which is fully integrated into the chassis above the cockpit with an LED display.
The implementation of the divisive safety system contributed to the slight delay in delivering the cars to the nine registered manufacturers, who now expect to receive their test cars next month.
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Other stylistic features of the car include, as revealed by e-racing365 last year, a large diffuser at the rear rather than a traditional rear wing assembly.
A one-piece expansive front bodywork section is also included in the futuristic-looking package, but this has been met with some concern by teams due to possible expensive repair and replacement scenarios when it is damaged.
Teams have also expressed some alarm at the removal of a traditional rear wing, as it is felt this reduces their commercial opportunities for advertising.
“This car represents the future of racing,” said Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag. “When we started Formula E, our goal was to break the mould and challenge the status quo – bringing a revolution to motorsport.
“This next generation car represents that revolution. The cars will be faster and will have almost double the amount of energy storage capacity and double the range, demonstrating the continuous evolution of battery technology.
“Together with the FIA, we’ve achieved a great milestone with the introduction of this car and I can’t wait to see it on track.”
The new car is the first of its kind in regard to it being project managed directly by the FIA.
Formula E’s governing body has worked closely with suppliers Spark Technologies, Dallara, Michelin and McLaren Applied Technologies on the project since 2016.
The car has used a Mahindra powertrain for testing, which began in September, and has completed at least 2,500 kms of development running.
Spark has developed the car, known in the testing phase as the SRT05e. The French company has worked in reducing the weight of the package using advanced composite and stereolithographic derived materials.
This is because the larger battery which, e-racing365 understands, weighs in at 385 kg, is fitted from underneath a longer chassis and unlike the existing Williams Advanced Engineering-supplied unit, is not a stressed member.
The total weight of the car is believed to be around the 890 kg mark.
The battery is set to achieve an increase of 200 volts over the 700 volt WAE battery and will peak at 900 volts. This will be now positioned inside the chassis and will be accessed from underneath the car.
Maximum race power is set to increase from 200kW to 250kW in qualifying and from 180kW to 220KW.
Manufacturers were initially scheduled to receive its new batteries last week but a logistical delay between where they are assembled, at the Atieva company in San Fransisco, and Europe has delayed the transportation to this week.
The new Formula E car will be formally launched by the FIA at the Geneva Motor Show in March where a full technical specification will be issued. Some subsequent manufacturer reveals will follow the official launch at the show.