The electrical category Formula E will take an important step in its history from championship 2018/2019 when all teams have at their disposal the Gen2, the new generation vehicle equipped with a battery that will give it more power and enough autonomy to complete the course of an ePrix without the need for drivers to stop in the pits to change cars.
The new car, officially presented at the 88th Geneva Motor Show, stands out for its futuristic appearance through unique aerodynamics and integrates the Halo, the cabin protection system. In addition, it has the aforementioned advance in performance because with the new power source the pilots will be able to compete at high speeds throughout the race.
The great information gathered in the first Formula E competitions was valuable in developing a high-performance electric competition vehicle. "This car represents the future of racing"said the spanish Alexander Agag, its founder and CEO. “When we started with this category our goal was to break the mold and challenge the status quo, we wanted to bring a revolution to motorsports. This new generation of car represents that revolution. The new FE are faster, have almost twice the capacity to store energy and twice the power, which shows the continuous technological evolution of batteries. Together with the International Automobile Federation we have achieved significant success, so I can't wait to see these machines in action"He added.
The birth of the Gen2, in addition, is a point in favor of the FIA, which bet from the beginning on this revolutionary electric series. "These are very exciting times for Formula E. We showed for the first time the design of the new generation of car and I am sure everyone is happy with how futuristic and advanced it is. I am very proud that the FIA has been at the forefront of its development, it is something new for the federation. The project has been a great success "explained the French Jean Todt, president of the entity.
Without a doubt, with this new car, Formula E will receive that clean and jerk it needs to get into the hearts of motorsport fans who still disbelieve the potential of electricity as a source of power for racing cars. “The Gen2 is more efficient and has more power. On a long straight it could exceed 300 km / h without any problem and doing that is talking about substantial speeds so no one will be able to say that the car is not fast ”, analyzed the brazilian Lucas di Grassi, current champion of the specialty.
The next step that FE should take from the arrival of the Gen2 would be to run on urban tracks with longer straights so that the new cars can shine. “I don't see any reason why we can't race on circuits that have straights of 700 or 800 meters now that the new car will be available. It would be a way to show the maximum speed and increase the chances of overtaking "Di Grassi added.
With the Gen2, Formula E took that step that was requested so much to become one of the star categories of world motorsport, although only time and the fans will have the last word.