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Revealed: First Images of New Formula E Car

The first images of the new generation Formula E car have emerged in a video released by the ABB Formula E Championship….

The first images of the new generation Formula E car have emerged in a video released by the ABB Formula E Championship.

Brief flashes of the much-anticipated car, known as the Spark SRT-05, were surreptitiously used in the film which was issued almost two weeks ago to announce the arrival of new title partners the ABB Group.

Now, e-racing365 has uncovered that the images are indeed of the new car which has gone through rigorous testing in recent months ahead of being publicly unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The pictures show a carbon gearbox and motor casing, an assembly jig and the front of the monocoque.

More expansive still images are set to be released on Jan. 30 by Formula E before all nine manufacturers receive their chassis, battery and other equipment next month.

It features in scenes at both the 20 and 26-second marks in the film, and depict ABB robots working on sections of the Spark SRT-05 car.

The new Formula E car is set to expand the energy capacity to 54kw/h in Season Five. This will negate the car-swap pit stops, and a likely but still to-be-confirmed two-mode power option utilized instead of a traditional pit stop occurring.

The new McLaren Applied Technologies provided battery will see an increase of 200-volts over the existing Williams Advanced Engineering derived unit to peak at 900-volts.

Race power will increase from 180kW to 220kW and qualifying will see cars run to a maximum of 250kW.

The installation of the battery is also set to change as it will now be fitted from underneath the car and will not have a separate crash structure. It will therefore no longer be a stressed component.

Spark and Dallara have combined to manufacture the new cars, but have been led by the FIA, which has taken an unprecedented and detailed interest in the new vehicle from concept through to testing and completion.

E-racing365 has already revealed some of the testing details from last autumn where the likes of Benoit Treluyer, Frederic Makowiecki and Anthoine Hubert conducted a full range of development with the car.

The car has been described as ‘other worldly’ with no rear wing, a large rear venturi and a striking one-piece front bodywork section. The car will run one of the Halo safety devices from the outset.

It’s believed that a Mahindra powertrain has been used as a basis for the design in much of the architecture of the car and one of the Indian-designed units was used during the independent testing phase.

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

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. image me

    January 22, 2018 at 11:49 am

    So..like…where are the images?

  2. SeaVixen

    January 22, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    If the battery is mounted on the underside/floor, does that mean it will be a flatter, wider battery than the current one?

  3. jeronimo69

    January 23, 2018 at 2:39 am

    The casing of the engine/inverter/gear box seems much larger and ventilated (better cooling) and the whole more rigid.
    I imagine that the FIA had the dimensions of the various engines/inverters to be sure they could suit all manufacturers.
    By cons it does not seem to be carbon, I wonder if the teams will have the right to work on it this year.

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