A fourth season of competition for the new Gen 2 Formula E car is being seriously discussed, according to a key member of the championship’s rules makers.
Professor Burkhard Goeschel, President of the FIA’s Electric and New Energy Championship Commission (ENECC), has told e-racing365 that plans for an extension should be completed by the end of this year.
The initial plan for the new design was to go through the same three-year rules cycle as the Gen 1 car but now the FIA, the promoters Formula E Holdings Ltd, manufacturers and teams are leaning towards a four-year window.
“It has to be decided because we have to discuss if it is advanced enough,” Goeschel told e-racing365 in Valencia last week.
“The chassis is not really a big issue. It is more how modern the battery will be in the near future and if we can make some improvements on the battery because it is the core element.”
A key question regarding the future performance of Formula E centers on the technical management of batteries, particularly their make-up regarding cell chemistry and how electrodes are developed.
“We have to see how much freedom we have to change the battery because bigger changes are coming from the electrodes,” said Goeschel.
“Then if you change the electrodes the battery is more or less new. We are thinking about how far do we go, should we extend to a year for the present cycle or not. It is an open game at the moment.
“It will take until at least the end of the year to have a first answer about this.”
The FIA will have to update the contracts of both Spark Technologies and McLaren Applied Technologies due to the probable extension.
The FIA’s framework of its rules cycle has the flexibility to change any aspect of its procedure at any time, or to issue an amended or canceled procedure.
A fourth season of Gen 2 cars would see a final campaign in 2021-22 before the third generation is introduced.