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Formula E to Introduce Lighter, Quicker Gen 3 Cars for 2022

The FIA Invitations to Tender have been issued for 2022’s third-gen Formula E cars…

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The FIA has issued the technical tenders for the next generation of Formula E car that will race in the all-electric World Championship from the 2022-23 season onwards.

The new deal will encompass three seasons covering the series upto and including the 2024-25 campaign.

Tender documents covering the chassis, which includes a front powertrain kit for regeneration purposes, the battery and tire tenders must be submitted to the FIA by March 31, 2020.

Two of the key criteria from the Invitations to Tender (ITT) detail dimensional requirements and weight-saving, which include a target weight of 284 kg for the Gen 3 battery.

The current battery which is supplied by McLaren Applied Technologies comes in at 385 kg.

The target car weight including the driver is set to be 780 kg, which would make Formula E’s third-generation 120 kg lighter than the present package.

As first reported by e-racing365 last year, a fast charging system will be implemented to hasten the return of in-race pit-stops from 2022 onwards.

According to the ITT, the FIA and Formula E Holdings are aiming “to keep positioning the Formula E World Championship as the laboratory of cutting-edge technologies for electric cars” while “the capabilities of ‘fast’ charging the car batteries will be addressed within the framework of the race”.

Fast charging power will be capped at a 600 kW maximum and will give an extra 4 kWh of usable energy. The charging time is initially set at 30 seconds.

Series promoter FEH will be responsible for the new car charging system, including the energy supply, the distribution network and the charging equipment to be used.

The maximum power of the cars is set to be 350 kW in qualifying mode and Attack Mode during the race.

The cost-cap of a customer car (not including battery and manufacturer parts) is set to be €340,000 ($380,000) while the FIA’s final decision will come on June 19 next year with the first crash tests of the car taking place in August 2021.

Teams will receive their first manufacturer test and development cars in January 2022 before their race cars arrive in August ahead of the season starting at the end of the same year.

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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    Connor Walsh

    December 17, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    All sounds interesting but the fast charging makes me grumble! Old-fashioned thinking from the world of combustion engined cars 🙁 It doesn’t fit with the sustainable goals of Formula E: when EVs will be at price parity and already selling well, FE will be promoting an approach that requires more electricity to be available at short notice—essentially extending the life of gas on national grids. 600kW is the equivalent of 80 household chargers! And now Mercedes EQ and Audio etron drivers will demand the same for themselves. Sigh.

    But! Glad to see the car staying affordable!

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