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Gen 2 Car Update, Extra Season Confirmed

The Gen 2 car will undergo an update for its third season in 2020-21…

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The new Gen 2 Formula E car is set to receive an update in time for the 2020-21 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season, e-racing365 can reveal.

The car, which made its competitive debut last month, will undergo a renewal in the bodywork similar to what was seen on the first iteration of Formula E car at the end of the 2015-16 season.

E-racing365 uncovered the plans last October after the ideas were initially put to the teams.

The FIA’s director of circuit racing championships Frederic Bertrand now says that the changes will be made to ensure that fan interest in Formula E is sustained and accelerated.

“The idea is to stay very stable for two years and then to have a second part of the life of the car where probably we will work on the design kits to just renew, so similar to the Gen 1 development, the same type of approach,” Bertrand told e-racing365.

“We don’t want to change everything we just need to find a way to keep it accurate and updated, attractive also for the fans, so that we see a difference. So, the bodywork will change, but what is underneath will not.”

The initial plan for the Gen 2 car was to run it for three seasons but subsequent discussions with manufacturers highlighted that they required more time to amortize the car.

Additionally, manufacturers also requested more time for technical understanding and development to ensure a “sound knowledge base”, according to Bertrand.

“Otherwise, if we had kept with the three-year plan, we would have had to start tendering and writing the requirements [for the Gen 3 car] before we have enough experience with the [Gen 2] car,” he said.

“If we went ahead to have a [new] car for Season Eight (2021-22), we would have been in the tendering process already, which means that we would have had no real experience of what is going on with the current cars and clearly we are going to learn quite a lot on many areas of the car over the races to come.”

The updates to the Gen 2 car are likely to start being designed this year before being track-tested by Spark Racing Technologies in early 2020 in readiness for the 2020-21 season.

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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