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Precise Detail on Dual-Motor Options Set for Future Regs

Further discussions regarding Nissan’s twin-motor package have taken place in Sanya…

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Details on the precise application of dual-motor powertrains in Formula E cars are likely to be included in future technical regulations.

The move is set to come in order to provide specific clarity on what teams are allowed to achieve with their configurations from Season Six onwards.

This comes after Nissan e.dams opted for a complex dual-motor package on its current Season Five cars.

It is also believed that Formula E teams have recently been encouraged not to file official protests against Nissan e,dams in light of recent developments concerning the Japanese manufacturer’s technical package.

However, with all Formula E powertrains having been homologated and fixed ahead of the season, it remains unclear how such a protest would be handled by the governing body.

E-racing365 reported earlier this week that further clarity had been requested by teams on Nissan e.dams’ Season Five concept after it became clear it had opted for a unique twin-motor solution.

A hastily convened meeting of the Technical Working Group was assembled on Thursday evening in Sanya where FIA technical delegates Laurent Arnaud and Benjamin Carol communicated the latest on the matter to team representatives.

FIA sanctioned championships are entitled to change their technical regulations at each World Motorsport Council [WMSC] which sits four times a calendar year. The ratification of rules changes only takes place after the Technical Working Group votes on changes and then submits requests to the WMSC.

Teams Had Schemed-Up Dual-Motor Concepts

One of the key reasons on why rival teams are asking for clarification on Nissan e.dams’ technical package is because several are believed to have looked at similar designs for the current season.

NIO’s technical director, Paul Fickers, while not confirming if NIO was one of those that looked in detail at running the concept, said that “clarity is needed in the future so concepts are valid from a cost driven point of view.”

“This is a young series and from a technical point of view it started out as quite simple but now it is getting more complex by a natural course of development the rules will have to adapt, but this quite natural,” he explained to e-racing365.

“It’s really a growing pain of the championship as I see it.”

It is believed that Fickers in his role as NIO’s technical director opted for a single motor setup for Season Five due to the lack of perceived value in a dual MGU setup in the Gen 2 era of Formula E.

NIO, or NextEV as it was previously known, ran a twin-motor package from Season Two to Season Four in the all-electric series.

Several other teams are also understood to have at least schemed up provisional plans to run two MGUs for the present season before opting for more conventional one motor design.

The FIA declined to comment on the matter when contacted by e-racing365.

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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    Kris G.

    March 22, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Don’t believe that the motors design or numbers used should be defined by the rules with the risk to limit innovation which Formula-e is leading in the motorsport world. I’ll go even further to say that teams should be allowed to use Hub motors (in-wheel) to advance their development.

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    I

    March 22, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    C’mon, you’ve seen the pace of the NIO, why would you listen to Fickers…

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