Formula E founder and chairman Alejandro Agag has laid out his plans for the Gen 3 cars, which are set to be introduced from season 9.
Speaking to a webcast this morning, Agag confirmed that the new generation of cars would be lighter, faster and better at regenerating energy.
There had been fears that the roll out of Gen 3 could be postponed until season 10 following the Covid-19 pandemic, but Agag assuaged fears and confirmed season 9 as the date for their introduction.
“We have been working a lot with the FIA and the teams and manufacturers on the gen 3 car and the overall objective is to increase the performance of the machines and to introduce the latest technology,” he said.
“They are going to be lighter, we are aiming at cars that are 100 kilos lighter than today. They are going to hold as much energy, despite being lighter, to increase performance, and there is going to be a front powertrain to increase regeneration which will improve the capacity of regeneration in a very important way.”
“We had discussions with the teams and we thought we would delay to season 10, but Gen 3 will come for season 9,” he added.
Despite the introduction of a powertrain at the front of the car, Agag confirmed that the series would not embrace four-wheel drive technology.
“It is not going to be a four wheel drive car, and we are against the idea of this because I think it is too easy for the drivers,” the 49-year-old said.
“I don’t want to make it easy for the drivers. I love to see the cars drifting and the difficulty of the overtaking. If you have traction on the four wheels it is like you are on a rail. Even if we have a powertrain in the front and back, we will only use it to gain energy back and not for propulsion and traction.”
With Formula E earning world championship status ahead of the 2021 season, Agag also confirmed that FIA president Jean Todt would remain involved in the design and aesthetics of the new generation of cars.
“I think it will be spectacular and we are now working on the design and that is something that the president of the FIA Jean Todt takes very personally,” he said.