FOR­MULA E UN­VEILS 2018 CON­CEPT CAR

All-elec­tric se­ries tar­gets sin­gle-car races and up­rated per­for­mance

Motor Sport News - - Racing News -

For­mula E sup­plier Spark Rac­ing Tech­nolo­gies has re­leased the first con­cept images of the se­ries’ next-gen­er­a­tion racer, which could hit the grid in time for the start of the 2018/2019 sea­son.

Spark re­cently se­cured the ten­der to con­tinue to sup­ply the For­mula E chas­sis un­til at least 2020/21, which in­cludes an up­dated de­sign set for the 2018/19 cam­paign.

Spark, which is owned by for­mer Re­nault head Fred­eric Vasseur, builds the cur­rent FE chas­sis in part­ner­ship with Dal­lara. That part­ner­ship is set to con­tinue through the sec­ond- gen­er­a­tion sup­ply deal.

A key part of the push for FE’S fu­ture is to move to sin­gle-car races, mean­ing driv­ers won’t have to swap chas­sis mid-race as they cur­rently do.

That re­quires a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in bat­tery ca­pac­ity, from 28kwh to 54kwh which, com­bined with greater aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency, should mean cars can run for 45 min­utes on a sin­gle charge.

The new de­sign, dubbed SRT-05, also fea­tures an ex­tended aero­screen de­sign – sim­i­lar to that tested by the Red Bull F1 Team re­cently – in-line with the FIA’S push to bring­ing in some form of driver cock­pit pro­tec­tion to sin­gle-seaters.

The over­all con­cept chas­sis is also ex­pected to be around 40kg lighter than the old ver­sion, pri­mar­ily to counter the in­crease in weight of the more pow­er­ful sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion bat­tery, which will be supplied by Mclaren Ap­plied Tech­nolo­gies in­stead of the Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing con­cern.

The fi­nal car is ex­pected to look dif­fer­ent from these ren­der­ings, with teams known to have been shown even more rad­i­cal vi­su­als in re­cent weeks.

Pho­tos: Spark, LAT

For­mula E will have new de­sign in 2018

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Car fea­tures some rad­i­cal styling cues

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