Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have released a couple of teaser images of the third-generation all-electric racing car that will race in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship starting next year. The Gen3 car is billed as the world’s most efficient racing car, with at least 40% of the energy used within a race to be produced by regenerative braking.
These teasers don’t reveal much, but I guess that’s why they are called teasers. According to Formula E, the design was inspired by the delta wing of a fighter jet, and indeed, in these dark teasers, the car does look like a fighter jet, especially when you combine that delta wing shape with those vertical stabilizer-like fins at the rear.
But anyway, the Gen3 car will have a motor at each front and rear axle: 250 kW (340 metric hp) at the front and 350 kW (476 metric hp) at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability from currently 250 kW to 600 kW. The max power output, however, is capped at 350 kW—up from currently 250 kW. The Gen3 car is claimed to be capable of a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).
And, thanks to the addition of the front powertrain and its regenerative capability, the Gen3 car will feature no rear hydraulic brakes.
Formula E also shared recycling plans for Gen3, which includes recycling all carbon fibre broken parts by using a process from the aerospace industry into new fibres reusable for other applications.