Formula E, FIA Reveal All-Electric Gen3 Race Car

Source: Formula E, Fia

Source: Formula E, Fia

Formula E and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have taken the covers off their third-generation all-electric race car – faster, lighter, and more powerful than its predecessors.

Designed and optimised specifically for street racing, the new Gen3 will make its debut in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

With a top speed of over 322km/hr, the racer is the fastest Formula E car yet, and with more than 40 per cent of the energy used within a race produced by regenerative braking, it is also the most efficient.

The biggest innovation, however, is the installation of both a front and rear powertrain. The rear 350kW motor is joined by a 250kW motor on the front axle, more than doubling the regenerative capabilities of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW.

The addition of the front powertrain means that the new Formula E racer is not fitted with rear brakes. Stopping power comes courtesy of front brakes and the twin electric motors’ regenerative capabilities.

To aid its performance on the street circuits, Formula E engineers will install performance upgrades in the vehicle’s advanced operating system via software updates.

“Both technologically and environmentally, Gen3 sets new standards in the sport,” said FIA President Mohamed Ben Sulayem. “The FIA and Formula E development teams have done a superb job, and I thank them for their hard work on the project.”

“With every generation of race car, we push the boundaries of possibility in EV technology further and the Gen3 is our most ambitious project to date,” added Formula E Founder and Chairman Alejandro Agag.

More details about the car and the forthcoming season of Formula E – which commences later this year – are still yet to be revealed.

Seven manufacturers have already signed up to compete in season 9, including DS Automobiles, Maserati, Jaguar, Mahindra, NIO 333, Nissan, and Porsche.

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