Formula E has revealed its Gen 2 Evo car that will compete in the next two seasons of the electric championship, featuring a number of cosmetic changes over the current design.
The new car comes as a refresh after two seasons running the Gen 2 design, and will compete in 2020-21 and 2021-22 for the final two campaigns before the Gen 3 car debuts in 2022-23.
As expected, the new design focuses around cosmetic upgrades to give the series a visual boost beginning in Season Seven, which is set to get underway later this year.
Its most striking differences over the current model include a ‘shark fin’ design and open wheels, with no front wheel arches and new front and rear wing designs.
This includes a simpler rear wing moving inwards rather than covering the rear wheels, and a re-profiled front wing, along with alterations to the side pod bodywork behind the front wheels.
It’s understood a number of these changes, especially the open wheels, have been made to reduce contact in races, with a more punishing design making the cars more prone to damage.
The FIA’s circuit championships director Frederic Bertand told e-racing365 last year that the update gives fans “the feeling we have a real new car coming on track,” which is achieved by a “design and look and feel which will be much different”.
Formula E’s founder and chairman Alejandro Agag says the new car befits Formula E’s upgraded status as an FIA World Championship, coming into effect for Season Seven, in 2020-21.
“The Gen 2 already stands out as one of the most striking race cars to hit the track, and just as the name implies, the Gen 2 Evo is another evolution of the distinctive design,” he said.
“As we did with the first-generation car, the Gen 2 Evo has been given reprofiled bodywork to make it look more sleek and agile.
“This car will forever go down in the history books as the first to challenge for an ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
“I would like to thank FIA President Jean Todt and his team for making this evolution take shape. Its futuristic design once again showcases Formula E as the category for innovation in both technological advances and appearance.”