After a digital presentation last month, Formula E and FIA revealed the next generation electric formula racer at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.
The covers were taken off the FIA Formula E Gen2 car by FIA President Jean Todt and Founder & CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag, using a robot arm supplied by title partner ABB.
Technical specifications of the Gen2 car have also been disclosed, with the new car for the 2018/19 season proving the progress and enhancements made in terms of both performance and efficiency since the inaugural E-Prix only four years ago.
Other the new look, the most notable change comes underneath the bodywork with the battery – doubling the range of the car. With almost twice the energy storage capacity available to the teams and drivers, there will no longer be the need for a mid-race car change.
Alongside the improved longevity, the maximum power output of the car has increased to 250kW – an increase of 50kW that will see the potential top speed of Formula E reach 280 km/h (174 mph).
Integrated as part of the chassis is the new Halo head protection device, along with an innovative strip of LED lighting. The lighting system concept will enable fans to better follow the strategy of their favourite team or driver – indicating things such as different power modes and other race-related information, with more details to be revealed ahead of the start of season five.
The Gen2 car also features the new Michelin Pilot Sport all-weather tyre, which is specifically designed for the unique demands of electric street racing. Not only is the tyre lighter than its predecessors, but it also boasts significantly lower rolling resistance and a new graphic design.
The new model will compete over the coming three seasons, starting with season five in late 2018.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “This is the first time I’ve seen the complete car in the flesh and it’s even more sleek and spectacular up close. If you were to draw a racing car from scratch and base it purely on its looks, you’d come up with just this design. Not only is it striking on the eye, the performance and range show clear progress in terms of technological development in only four years. I’d like to express my personal thanks to the FIA and its President Jean Todt, for their hard work and support in putting together and designing our Gen2 car. This model visually differentiates Formula E from any other single-seater in motorsport today. When people see this car they will say it’s Formula E, it’s the future.”