Formula E cars run on one thing and one thing only: pure electricity. They are paving the way for the future of mobility and motorsport. While Formula E is just 7 seasons old, the technology that powers it is always evolving for the better. Every generation has helped to create and improve the next one. Here’s how technology in Formula E has evolved over time.
It all started with Gen1 in the first season of Formula E. Back in 2014, the Gen1 car was a first of its kind in motorsport. There were mid-race car swaps, new kinds of strategies and technologies. Over time, Gen1 saw a number of changes. Season 2 brought new regulations. Manufacturers were given the power to design their own motors, inverters, gearboxes and rear suspension. Power was bumped to 170kW (230bhp). The following season saw Gen1 get an even fresher look, with a stronger front wing to better cope with the rigors of street racing. A huge battery technology upgrade meant that there was a 50% improvement in efficiency. All of these changes were made while the car’s overall minimum weight was reduced by 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds).
Gen1 made way for the next step-change in technology for Formula E. Hello Gen2. Packed with more power, this speedster has double the energy storage capacity of the Gen1 car. So it can complete an entire race. Goodbye mid-race car swaps. With 250kW of power, the Gen2 accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds. It can also reach a top speed of 280km/h (approximately 174 m/h). All of this means more speed and more action. Formula E also made safety improvements, built into the new car with the FIA-mandated halo device. Then there’s “Attack Mode”. This risk/reward power boost adds an extra layer of intrigue to every race and every race strategy.
The Gen3 car takes the sport to the next level. Not only is its on-track performance better, it’s going to be more sustainably-produced. The car creators must propose a full Lifecycle Assessment for their proposed car. There will be challenges made on the use of sustainable materials, the lifespan of consumables, recycling and second life projects for used components and more. A brighter, faster future lies ahead.
The future is electric
The evolution of technology in Formula E has been fast and furious. It has turbocharged the process of making electric cars that are safe and easy to operate—all without compromising on speed and the thrill of motorsport. The ultimate goal is to help create a better, cleaner, safer future for everyone – both on and off the track.