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Second generation Formula E car launched

The second generation Formula E car has been released to the public ahead of its debut in season five of the all-electric series.

The car looks vastly different from its predecessor, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, including a larger diffuser and a Halo head protection system – mandatory from the FIA.

A teaser image of the second generation car showed LED lighting on the Halo.

Spark Racing Technology won the tender for the new Formula E car, the SRT05e will also feature a new battery provided by McLaren Applied Technologies.

Battery capacity will increase from 28kWh to 54kWh and the mid-race car swap will be a thing of the past with the new battery.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said: "This car represents the future of racing. When we started Formula E, our goal was to break the mould and challenge the status quo - bringing a revolution to motorsport.

This next generation car represents that revolution. The cars will be faster and will have almost double the amount of energy storage capacity and double the range, demonstrating the continuous evolution of battery technology. Together with the FIA, we’ve achieved a great milestone with the introduction of this car and I can’t wait to see it on track.”

The car does not have a conventional rear wing, instead composing of two elements at the back of the car and will be used for the next three seasons of Formula E.

Jean Todt, president of the FIA, said: "These are very exciting times for Formula E. Today we show for the first time the design of the next generation car, and I’m sure that everyone will be very excited by how futuristic and advanced it is.

I’m very proud that the FIA has been at the forefront of this car’s development, it’s something new for the Federation, and the project has been a huge success."

A physical launch will take place at the Geneva Motorshow on March 6, where technical specifications of the car will be announced.

 

Jack Amey

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