While work is moving ahead on the second-generation car that will debut next year, discussions are already underway to define the structure for Formula E’s third-generation model, slated for 2021.
E-racing365 has learned that the first meeting between the FIA and manufacturers took place last month in Geneva, to discuss possible technical regulations and packages for the all-electric championship in Season Eight.
It’s understood discussions centered around a possible inclusion of front-axle MGU and four-wheel drive technologies.
The meeting group is an extension of the regular Technical Working Group, led by FIA Electronic technical delegate Sylvain Riviere.
One attendee of the meeting told e-racing365: “The leap we need to make in 2021 will be significant because we can’t have road production cars being way more advanced than Formula E.
“There has to be good transfer of technology because this fits in to the whole marketing landscape.”
While nothing has been finalized, and not expected to be at least for another nine months, representatives at the meeting stated they want to filter down ideas at the next summit, which is likely to take place in February.
The FIA is aiming to have a definitive plan on the direction of the car by September at the latest.
Not all manufacturers planning to race in Season Eight were present at the meeting, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz reportedly absent from the initial talks.
Gass: Compromise on Tech, Budgets Needed
Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass believes that a compromise of new advanced technologies and a close eye on development budgets are key to defining future regulations.
“For sure there should be some freedoms and possibilities in development but we still need to keep costs in-line, shall we say, because as we know costs can go up when a few manufacturers come in to a series,” Gass told e-racing365.
“I would say that the teams and manufacturers that are currently participating have a good understanding of [cost control]. It is difficult to judge at the moment the feelings of those that are yet to come in to the championship.”
Gass described Audi’s slight frustration in not being able to use its resources to create its own 100 percent bespoke Formula E package, but said he understood the reasons why.
“We are obviously geared up as a manufacturer to develop a full car, with aero, monocoque, everything,” he said.
“We would like to use that capability which currently is just not possible. On one hand it is a shame but on the other we have common parts which makes sense for the cost control as things stand.”