• Formula E showed its Gen3 car, which is smaller and lighter, while being able to accelerate to 200 mph, which is 16 mph more than the previous car.
  • The car now has a front engine that is used exclusively for regeneration, and refuses the rear brakes because the ability to regenerate is very high.
  • Formula E also says it has made the car more sustainable by recycling carbon fiber from Gen2 cars for body panels and purchasing more durable tires that will also be recycled after racing.

    Since 2014, Formula E has been racing on electric single cars across some of the world’s most iconic cities, and now the series has unveiled its third-generation racing car. The Gen3 brings a lot of technical changes that will push the boundaries of electric car performance and hopefully lead to even closer, tougher races. Perhaps eventually we could see how some of these new technologies get into electric road cars.

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    The Gen3 car is 197.5 inches long and 66.9 inches wide by about seven inches shorter and just under four inches longer than its predecessor. The height of the car is also reduced by about 1.5 inches. The minimum weight, including the driver, also dropped by about 132 pounds, to just 1,852 pounds. Productivity is greatly increased. The Gen2 car had an electric motor with 335 horsepower on the rear axle, but the Gen3 increased it to 469 horsepower. Formula E predicts a top speed of more than 200 mph, which is much more than the top speed of the previous car of 174 mph.

    The Gen3 also adds a second engine of 335 hp. to the front axle, which is used exclusively for regeneration. The new transmission will be much more efficient, as Formula E expects more than 40 percent of the energy used in the race to be derived from regenerative braking. The Gen3 also becomes the first formula car with open wheels without rear hydraulic brakes; it still has hydraulic front brakes, but is heavily dependent on regeneration from the front and rear engines to slow down the car.

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    Formula E claims that the regeneration power is up to 600 kilowatts, as well as 600 kilowatts of charging capacity – much more than the charging power of modern road EVs – although the series does not explain where it can purchase such powerful chargers. The series has suggested that recharging during pit stops may occur in this new generation, but does not specify how this will work.

    It is also said that the Gen3 car is more environmentally friendly than before. Formula E says the batteries use minerals from sustainable sources and that the items will be reused and recycled at the end of their life. Meanwhile, the car body is built of flax and recycled carbon fiber from older Gen2 cars, which, according to Formula E, reduces carbon emissions from body panel production by more than 10 percent. Gen3 car tires will also be 26% made of natural rubber and recycled fibers, and all tires will be recycled after use in the race.

    The Gen3 car will debut in the 9th season, which is likely to start in Diriya, Saudi Arabia in early 2023. So far, seven carmakers have signed up to race in the Gen3 car in season 9: Jaguar, Maserati, Nissan, Porscheluxury hand Citroen Cars DSIndian automaker Mahindraand Chinese startup EV Nio. Three teams of privateers complete the field.

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