The new third-generation Formula E car is the fastest electric racer yet, with new aerodynamic upgrades, improved power efficiency and a top speed of over 200mph.
Revealed in Monaco by the FIA and publicly displayed in London before the ninth Formula E World Championship season, the Spark Gen3 features a drastically changed exterior design. It will race for the first time later this year.
It has been specifically tuned for racing on street circuits, and the FIA says it represents the “pinnacle of high performance, efficiency and sustainability”.
Several upgrades have been made over the current Gen2 Evo racer. The new motor set-up produces 470bhp, while top speed is claimed to be north of 200mph.
It’s also the first formula car to feature separate powertrains at the front and rear, meaning its regenerative capability has improved to 600kW – more than double the current car’s.
The addition of a front motor means there’s now no need for hydraulic brakes at the rear.
The Gen3 also benefits from ultra-rapid charging, capable of refilling its battery at a rate of 600kW during a race.
Sustainability has also been bolstered. Batteries will be recycled and reused when no longer needed, while linen and recycled carbonfibre make up much of the bodywork to reduce the car’s carbon footprint by more than 10%.
Around 26% of each tyre, meanwhile, will be composed of natural rubber and recycled fibres.
“The Gen3 represents the ambitious third age of Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship,” said series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag. “With every generation of race car, we push the boundaries of possibility in EV technology further, and the Gen3 is our most ambitious project to date.