Formula E, together with the FIA, has teased their “Gen3” racing car. For Season 9, which is scheduled to begin in 2022 and 20,23, the new car will be racing its debut.
Formula E says that the Gen3 represents the world’s most efficient racing car, which seems oddly similar to the new slogan over at F1. The competing FIA series recently revealed the tagline “The world’s most efficient engine,” focusing on using sustainable e-fuels for future racing rather than FE’s all-out battery-electric concept.
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The electric racing car is a significant improvement to Formula car’s concept and has impressive headline numbers. The biggest change is that the front powertrain will be regenerative brake. This allows the car to eliminate hydraulic brakes at the rear. This new powertrain adds 250kW to the front and 350kW to the rear. It will more than double the regenerative capacity of Gen2’s current generation to 600kW.
Gen3 will make the Formula 3 car the first to include both rear and front powertrains. At least 40 percent will also be recovered via the braking system. This should create a new dynamic in racing. Drivers could use brake keys to regenerate power throughout races.
The new car will feature a boost in output, too, with the electric motor delivering up to 350kw of power (470 bhp), up from the 250 kW (335 bhp) of the Gen2. That’ll be good enough for a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h), while the Gen3 will also be lighter and smaller than the car it replaces.
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Other sustainable aspects of the car include a “pioneering process” that will deliver 26 percent sustainable materials into the composition of tires, while all carbon fiber parts will be reused. Furthermore, the Gen3 cars will not emit any carbon dioxide and have all their suppliers adhere to sustainability KPIs.
The design of the Gen 3 has been inspired by “the aero-efficient delta wing of a fighter jet.” One of the most significant changes from both a visual and racing standpoint is the ditching of the front wheel covers. The covers had seen drivers willing to risk contact thanks to the design’s added strength over a more traditional Formula car.
“The new Gen3 Formula E single-seater is a car created at the intersection of high performance, efficiency, and sustainability,” said FIA President Jean Todt. “I have no doubt that this new single-seater will elevate Formula E to the next level.”
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