New Formula E Race Car Can Exceed186 MPH

JAN 31 2018 BY MOTORSPORT.COM 3

Second Generation Formula E Race Car

Formula E’s new car will be capable of exceeding 186 MPH, according to reigning series champion Lucas di Grassi.

The second-generation FE design was revealed earlier this week, and the last known version of the FIA’s technical roadmap for the series planned to increase battery and powertrain performance to go alongside the striking new chassis.

If the peak power output of the new car increases to 250kW (335bhp) as expected it will have an extra 50kW (67bhp) in qualifying compared to the current car.

Second Generation Formula E Race Car

Di Grassi told Motorsport.com that the performance boost, coupled with the low-drag philosophy of the new car, would mean stepping from the current limit of around 225km/h (140mph) increasing to speeds over 300km/h (186mph).

“The car is more efficient and it has more power,” di Grassi said. “In the current configuration, with the power we’ll have available, on a long straight this car could surpass 300km/h (186mph) without a problem, I would expect.

“When the car starts to go over 300km/h you’re talking substantial speeds, nobody will be able to say the car is not fast.”

Di Grassi suggest that FE should consider redesigning its circuits for next season so they incorporated longer straights, which would show off the speed of the cars and also present more overtaking opportunities.

“We’re reaching an interesting point,” he said. “The car is very difficult to drive, it’s efficient, it has more performance.

“I think FE should start designing longer straights, I don’t see any reason why it should not have 700/800m straights on the circuits, to adapt the circuits we race on to these new cars.

“Not change them fundamentally, but fine tune them to have more top speed and more slipstreaming and increase overtaking possibilities.”

One criticism of FE is that the cars are too slow for a top-level single-seater.

The low-powered, low-downforce machines had near-GT3 levels of performance when they tested at Donington Park up to the summer 2016, and the latest crop of powertrains has improved the pace by a further few tenths of a second.

Di Grassi said it was important to remember that FE cars are designed to race on street circuits and therefore comparing performance to normal circuit-based championship was futile.

“You still can’t compare the level of performance to F1 or LMP1-Hybrid,” he said. “A car with this kind of performance would not be able to race on our tracks – it’s impossible to put a Formula 1 car around the Paris FE track.”

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Meanwhile F1 cars can hit 230 and in a race!

Like I said it’s like watching the WNBA. Not that there is anything wrong with the WNBA just that it isn’t the NBA…

Try watch it, not just look at the specs…

FE is way more fun to look at than F1.

The new season is looking better and better!

I like the NBA – WNBA comparison. I would equate it more to the NCAA basketball to NBA. NBA has the best players in the world but some would argue it is an inferior game to college basketball. Driving contests are not all about unlimited power and speed. F1 is constantly putting in measures to slow the cars down whether its limiting ground effects or displacement.Unlimited power and speed do not necessarily mean better racing.
Sustainability, and industry leading EV technology might not be important to you or anyone that is all about the wine of 1200 HP ICE motors but to a lot of us the howl and 220 mph speed are not what we watch the sport for. ICE is dying – racing is about innovation and the future not perpetuating inferior, noisy, earth punishing technology.