Formula E, the world’s premier all-electric racing series, has unveiled their brand new ‘Gen2’ spec car. This is the next generation of racing car to compete in the series, and will be brought into use at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. The Gen2 has been completely redesigned both visual, as well as technically, with plenty of updates made ahead of Formula E’s 5th full season.
French manufacturer Spark was tasked with designing the new car, and they’ve come up with a suitably futuristic looking car for such a cutting edge series. The resemblance to the batmobile is uncanny, and perfectly encompasses the bonkers nature of Formula E. The combination of flowing curves and sharp fins produce something completely unlike any other vehicle in any series on Earth.
Something that can’t be ignored with the Gen2’s looks is the halo. This is the head protection device that has been mandated for use in all open cockpit series run by the FIA. Formula 1 will be seeing the introduction of the halo in 2018, as will all junior series such as Formula 2. Formula E’s incorporation of the halo into the shape of the car is a prime example of how designers can meet safety requirements without sacrificing aesthetics too heavily. Many have criticised the way the halo looks, however, I think Formula E have managed to subtly include the device in such a way that it actually looks quite good - something I did not expect to say.
The car isn’t all show no punch either. The all-new battery means that one of the series’ biggest gripes will no longer be of any concern. The long lasting battery, designed by McLaren, will mean that the Gen2 cars can last an entire race without the need to swap cars. The clumsy process of jumping from car to car during the pitstop was up there as one of the biggest limitations to the series. These new cars see the series say goodbye to that ritual forever. The all-new battery is also more powerful, jumping from around 200kW to 250 - roughly 335bhp. What this means is that overall the cars will be faster, and last longer.
To say that Formula E has exceeded most people’s expectations as to how far an all-electric series could go is an understatement. In just 4 seasons, the series has attracted some of the biggest names in the automotive industry, including Jaguar, BMW, Audi and Porsche. They have also raced on the streets of some of the biggest cities in the world, with the likes of Rome, New York and London all having hosted races. The Gen2 cars will definitely help Formula E continue their impressive rise in the motorsport world. A physical version of the car will be at the Geneva MotorShow in March, giving the world it’s first look at the future of Formula E.
Isaac is one of our lead writers for FullThrottle, and has a lot of passion for racing games and real-world motorsports.
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