Formula E Shows Off Radical Next-Gen Racer

by under News on 31 Jan 2018 01:53:29 PM31 Jan 2018
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After four years, the Formula E championship is about to get a wild new look in the form of this, their Gen 2 racer. Due to be revealed in the flesh at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show (March 6th, specifically), the electric racing series’ next-generation car certainly adopts some futuristic flourishes.

The car itself, which will be used more-or-less uniformly across the different teams, will debut during the 2018/2019 season boasting almost double the energy capacity of the outgoing car, allowing teams to lean on more aggressive strategies and drivers to push harder and faster. Exact specifications, though, are being kept under wraps until the Swiss debut.

Formula E - Next-Gen

“This car represents the future of racing," said Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag. "When we started Formula E, our goal was to break the mould and challenge the status quo - bringing a revolution to motorsport. This next generation car represents that revolution.”

To our eyes, it looks very fetching indeed even in these 3D renders, boding well for a racing spectacle that grows more exciting with each championship. It looks like something something lifted from a Blade Runner universe’s idea of wheeled motor racing (merged with an Indy Car, a jet fighter, and a Batmobile) with some outrageous aero working together with smooth sculpted carbon panels to result in a shape that’s also quite elegant from some angles.

Formula E - Next-Gen

Now, it isn’t as radical as some of the other experimental renders such as the McLaren MP4-X and Ferrari F1 Concept, but remember that this is something that will be on track later this year. It’s not clear who exactly is the primary culprit for its design, and we imagine it to be penned by committee,  but what is known is that it is to be constructed by French firm Spark.

It’s also the first time that we might see the new driver protective ‘halo’ cage being implemented widely by the FIA, following various testing prototypes undertaken by Formula E and F1. Seems like the verdict is now final that the accepted design will indeed be a a Y-shaped canopy instead of the somewhat more aesthetically-pleasing windscreen proposal.

The integrated battery itself, made by McLaren Applied Technologies, which is also said to be able to supply a higher sustained draw as well as being more resistant to unwanted discharge and cell degradation, should also allow the motors to be rated at 250kW over the older car’s 200kW. Total energy storage should be higher than today’s 28kWh capacity, meaning that the previously necessary car swaps mid-race might be axed entirely.

With these head turning cars gracing the next Formula E season along with some potentially exciting rule alterations to maximise team strategy and spectator tension, the sport is looking to attract even more fans and potentially some additional teams and sponsors moving forward, adding to the list of major automaker teams such as Renault, Jaguar, Audi, DS, and Mahindra.

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