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REVEALED: Next Gen Formula E Concept Details

The new generation of Formula E cars could feature power of 450 kW…

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The concept for the next generation of Formula E cars has been largely agreed between stakeholders in the championship and will be introduced by the FIA for the 2022-23 season.

E-racing365 has learned that the Gen 3 powertrain is likely to be built around an increase to a total 450 kW regeneration capability, while electrical brake-by-wire systems will replace mechanical brakes on the rear axle.

Recent discussions at Technical Working Group meetings are also believed to have centered around variations on regeneration on braking to approximately 150 kW on the front and 200-250 kW on the rear.

An ambitious total capability of 600 kW package is also known to have been discussed but this is thought to have been largely dismissed due to a lack of regenerative balance through such a potent powertrain.

These frameworks have been prioritized to incorporate fast charging pit stops from 2022 onwards, something which has been in discussion for over a year.

It is believed that potential fast charging pit stops of around thirty seconds have been simulated with a theoretical total region capability 450 kW technical package.

Another one of the key criteria of the new regulations is containing the cars to be able to race on Grade 2 race tracks in city centers.

The FIA has been conducting detailed simulations of how the next generation of usable energy from a battery could work with more potent motors within a whole powertrain package.

These tests are being carried out at the FIA’s headquarters in Geneva and are informing what size and weight the new battery should be.

The FIA will outline and release its tender confirmations later today at the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris for the official Gen 3 chassis, tire and battery partner deals.

Spark Racing Technologies has supplied the chassis through a design partnership with Dallara since the inaugural Formula E season in 2014-15.

The French company is thought to be the overwhelming favorite to again work with the FIA on the third iteration of car.

The battery supply is currently coordinated through McLaren Applied Technologies with technical support via San Francisco-based battery supplier Atieva.

Williams Advanced Engineering, which produced and supplied the Gen 1 battery between 2014 and 2018, is known to be preparing a tender application, while several other companies are expected to submit one in the coming weeks.

Michelin has been a mainstay in the championship since day one and is unlikely to be usurped by a rival tire manufacturer.

The successful tender winners are expected to be made public at the beginning of June 2020.

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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    jeronimo69

    December 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

    It looks really good. Ambitious but rather unrealistic.

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      jeronimo69

      December 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

      I meant realistic.

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      Jay

      December 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      Where can you see it?

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    Chris Llana

    December 4, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Nice!

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    T

    December 4, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Any news on 4WD or 4WS.. What about Rapid charging? 🤔
    With rapid charging boosts a +600KW could become viable surely.. 🤔

    Except here’s one question.. How will these 600KW units fair on the right finicky circuits currently used.. Is it safe?
    How would an F1 car fair on these tight finicky circuits. That could help go some way into looking at how the circuits can be improved for racing with less carnage.. 🤔

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    Old Trombone

    December 5, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Racing World – Here’s the next challenge!

    Carbon Fibre is a massive polluter, and also dangerous to those who work with it in factories and pit lanes.

    Porsche just released its GT4 Clubsport with Flax/Hemp fibre panels. Pollution neutral at worst, and massively cheaper. There is the potential for race teams to have moulds and raw fibre in pit garages, workable with bare hands. Given California’s newly-abundant over-supply of stripped hemp fibre, this is a no-brainer, right?

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    Chris

    December 8, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Still RWD but with regen on the front as well? I think that’ll work really well with the change to brake by wire. The only concerns I have are whether the cars are going to be overly powerful and therefore less fun to drive if they’re uncontrollable. And also whether having regen on the front will mean a much higher likelihood of drivers missing the races if they have an issue in qualifying, or even practice.

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