The FIA Formula E Championship and its teams are already gearing up for the second season. The currently one make series is not about the last for long as the electric racing series will open up to new manufacturers and inventions to allow technological improvements on the electric powertrain. The teams are currently discussing proposals behind closed doors. Electric Autosport investigated this interesting matter.
An association has been initiated recently to look after the interests of the teams. Operated from the United Kingdom by General Secretary Oliver Weingarten (formerly FOTA and Premier League), the association’s goals are to ensure the championship remains competitive and compelling entertainment whilst maintaining cost control and the commercial sustainability of the series.
Chairman of the Formula E Teams’ Association is Virgin Racing’s Alex Tai, whilst Jean-Paul Driot of e.dams-Renault and Thomas Biermaier of Audi Sport ABT have been elected by the teams as Vice-Chairmen. Heading up the Technical Working Group is Dilbagh Gill (Mahindra Racing).
The association also aims to suggest a development roadmap for the coming seasons which will drive technical innovation and attract the participation of the major car manufacturers, whilst at all times will seek to maintain, engage and increase the championship’s fan base.
The teams are not keen to open up the championship’s technical regulations dramatically as the costs will go through the roof. It is proposed that improvements can be made to the electric powertrain to make it more energy efficient, but not initially to develop a battery for next season.
It is expected to see Williams Advanced Engineering supplying the power units a little longer, perhaps tweaked to increase the power output. A different braking system is expected from season 2 and a change in transmission from season 4. The Spark-Renault SRT_01E cars are currently rear wheel drive, but this may change to an all wheel drive system. This results in the ability to regenerate more power whilst braking. Aerodynamics will remain the same over the next years.