The all-new car that will race from Season Five in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship was officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show Tuesday morning.
FIA President Jean Todt and Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag revealed the car which had previously been seen only through computer-generated imagery.
The so-called Gen 2 racer is the first-ever race car to have been fully conceived and project-led by the FIA, which organized the concept from design through to manufacture via several key suppliers.
The car will race for at least three seasons until 2021 and will see usable energy increase from the current 28 kWh to 54 kWh.
The amount of energy delivered to the motor by the battery is limited to 54 kWh and will be permanently monitored by the FIA.
With a maximum power output of 250 kW in qualifying spec and 200 kW in races, the car is set to be significantly faster than the present car which debuted in 2014.
“This is the first time I’ve seen the complete car in the flesh and it’s even more sleek and spectacular up close,” said Agag. “If you were to draw a racing car from scratch and base it purely on its looks, you’d come up with just this design.
“This model visually differentiates Formula E from any other single-seater in motorsport today. When people see this car they will say it’s Formula E, it’s the future.”
The chassis, designed and constructed by the FIA in conjunction with Dallara, features the new Halo head protection device and a strip of LED lighting displaying various information to fans.
The car is capable of speeds of up to 174 mph and can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds. It has a minimum weight of 900 kg with the battery weighing 385 kg.
“It’s incredible to see the progress made in just four years – to double the range of the car and increase the power output is a fantastic achievement,” added Todt.
“With the support of so many manufacturers, Formula E will continue to push the development of electric vehicle technology, and this car is an important milestone in this journey.”
The new larger battery has been created using cells supplied by San Fransisco Atieva, with the overall project being managed and engineering serviced by McLaren Applied Technologies.
A new specification of Michelin Pilot Sport all-weather tire will also be used after a concentrated test phase mainly conducted by Michelin test and development driver Frederic Makowiecki.
The car has conducted a significant amount of testing and has already gone through several full race simulations, the last of which was last month when Stephane Sarrazin became the latest driver to perform development testing.
Prior to Sarrazin’s runs, Benoit Treluyer, Anthoine Hubert and Adrien Tambay had been among other drivers employed by Spark Technologies to conduct running in the car.
A Mahindra powertrain has been used throughout the testing phase.
The first combined manufacturer test will take place later this month at Monteblanco, which will be organized by the FIA and held behind closed doors.
E-racing365 understands that the Berlin E-Prix is currently the leading venue for the car’s first public run.
Photo: Formula E
Jake Kilshaw contributed to this report