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New Car Performance Levels are a “Good Step” says Makowiecki

Michelin test driver Frederic Makowiecki has described the new generation two Formula E car a “good step”…

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Michelin test driver Frederic Makowiecki has described the new generation two Formula E car as a “good step”, and believes that it will be an “exciting” proposition for teams and drivers next season.

Makowiecki holds a unique position in Formula E, having driven both the existing car and the futuristic new model which is set to be revealed tomorrow by Formula E Holdings via a digital launch.

Although he did not drive the new FIA inspired and derived car at its full 250kW power, Makowiecki is confident that his tire development testing last autumn has helped to form a potent product.

“I did not try the car at 250kW so it is difficult to compare because actually in the test [at Marrakesh] I also did not do a 200kW lap,” he told e-racing365.

“I’m quite sure that the car will immediately be at a very good speed, there is no doubt. The performance levels will be a good step but I can’t tell you by how much or any detail.”

Makowiecki, who first drove the current Formula E car in the summer of 2014 conducting the development of the original all-weather Michelin tires think that the new rubber will add to the spectacle of Formula E as it enters its crucial second phase.

“I would say that the tire development work we did for the new car was good and the targets were met,” he explained.

“The Michelin guys have done a very good job in Formula E, I feel. Managing the tire is a nice challenge for the teams.

“I am quite sure the teams will be happy with the product [tire] for season five. I think there will be good response for the drivers and again a good challenge for the teams in finding out about it.

“There is a range of criteria that Michelin worked on and I think these have all been met.”

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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