The second iteration of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s Gen 2 car, which will debut at the start of the 2020-21 season, is close to being finalized.
A significant upgrade to the front and rear bodywork of the current Gen 2 car is currently in advanced stages of being designed and kits are likely to be manufactured in the first quarter of 2020 for supply to teams next summer.
The Gen 2 rules set, which was introduced a year ago in time for Season Five, will run for four seasons until 2021-22, but with a ‘Gen 2.5′ update for Season Seven in 2020-21.
“What we want is to refresh the look of the car so people have the feeling we have a real new car coming on track which will be the case on the bodywork side, design and look and feel which will be much different,” FIA circuit championships director Frederic Bertrand told e-raicng365.
One of the main points that is to be addressed in the update is larger surface area of bodywork to give teams additional scope for commercial partners to be represented on the cars.
“That is taken into consideration,” confirmed Bertrand.
“We have two or three different criteria to take in to consideration. One is the teams’ [commercial considerations], we also want something that refreshes the design and we have something different as much as we can.”
Bertrand confirmed that another element of the design will be to look at making the cars less inclined to take significant contact between drivers without any immediate consequence.
This was often believed to the case in on-track battles last season where some drivers resorted to what amounted to tactical contact during races.
“We also wanted something where we can maybe have more where [if] you push the car from behind the reaction of the car will be different,” said Bertrand.
Schemes of the new-look cars do exist but it is believed that senior Formula E and FIA figures, including president Jean Todt who is hands-on in the process, are still to settle on the exact aesthetic of the design.
“We have visuals but they are not yet validated and are not the final ones, so we are still working on having some inputs from different designers,” said Bertrand.
“We don’t want to spend money to just spend money. We want to be careful on first of all the amount for each kit and on top we really want something that people really feel we did something right.
“The difficult thing is that when you have a car like we have is that we are also happy with this one changing the normal style of a single seater car and bringing something special to Formula E so we need to keep that line in terms of design.”