Formula E and FIA introduce Gen3 racing car-The pinnacle of performance
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Formula E and FIA introduce ‘Gen3’ racing car

Formula E and FIA introduce ‘Gen3’ racing car

The pinnacle of performance, efficiency and sustainability 

About Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship 

It is the world’s only all-electric FIA World Championship and the only sport to be certified net zero carbon emission since its inception. ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings in dramatic racing to the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities providing an elite motorsport platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to accelerate electric vehicle innovation and development.

Everyone associated with it, be it the teams, manufacturers, partners or broadcasters, are all passionate for the sport with the belief in its potential to create a better future of electric mobility. 

Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have shared a sneak peek into the third-generation all-electric Formula E racing car that will race in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

The Gen3 was described by FIA President Jean Todt as: “a machine created at the intersection of high performance, efficiency and sustainability.”

The Gen3 was presented to an exclusive group of Formula E manufacturers, teams, drivers and partners in Valencia, Spain, where pre-season testing is underway for Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, which begins in January next year.

While Formula E manufacturers are all set to take delivery of Gen3 cars in spring 2022 following further intensive development testing on and off the track, the briefing in Valencia disclosed a series of design, performance and sustainability innovations incorporated in the Gen3 car:

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship creates an environment where high-performance co-exists with utmost sustainability. Leading experts in sustainability at the FIA and Formula E worked closely with engineers throughout the development process to ensure sustainability in high performance racing cars.

  • The Gen3 will be net-zero carbon, maintaining the Championship’s status as the first sport to be certified as net-zero carbon footprint since inception. 
  • All the carbon fiber broken parts will be recycled by an innovative process from the aviation and aerospace industry into new fibers which can be used in other applications.
  • This pioneering process will deliver 26% sustainable materials into the composition of tyres.
  • The Gen3 is powered by electric motors that are substantially more efficient than ICEs as they can convert over 90% of the electrical energy into mechanical energy compared to approx 40% in high efficiency ICEs.
  • Series of industry-leading design, production and technological innovations in Formula E’s fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient racing car ever
  • Third generation of Formula E racing car, the Gen3, sets the benchmark for sustainable high performance racing cars
  • Design inspired by the aero-efficient delta wing of a fighter jet and optimized for street racing.
  • The world’s most efficient racing car – at least 40% of the energy used within a race will be produced by regenerative braking during the race. 
  • The first formula car with both front and rear powertrains: a new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW.
  • The first formula car that will not feature rear hydraulic brakes due to the addition of the front powertrain and its regenerative capability.
  • An electric motor delivering up to 350kw of power (470BHP), capable of a top speed of 200mph (320 km/h), with a power-to-weight ratio that is twice as efficient as an equivalent 470BHP internal combustion engine (ICE).
  • Lighter and smaller than the Gen2 to enable faster, more agile wheel-to-wheel racing.

Official Interviews : 

Jean Todt, FIA President, said: 

“The new Gen3 Formula E single-seater is a car created at the intersection of high performance, efficiency and sustainability. The work accomplished by the FIA’s teams together with Formula E, since the launch of the discipline eight seasons ago, tirelessly seek to drive innovation and further the development of sustainable mobility. I have no doubt that this new single-seater will elevate Formula E to the next level.”

Jamie Reigle, Formula E CEO, said

“In designing the Gen3 car, we set out to demonstrate that high performance, efficiency and sustainability can co-exist without compromise. Together with the FIA, we have built the world’s most efficient and sustainable high performance race car. 

“The Gen3 is our fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient racing car yet. It is a creature designed for its habitat: racing on city streets in wheel-to-wheel combat. We look forward to witnessing it inspire and excite the next generation of motorsport fans in cities around the world from Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”

Formula E launches a new short-form episodic documentary series, Formula E: Unplugged, with all episodes free to view on Formula E’s YouTube and Facebook pages –

The 15-episode x 15-minute series takes viewers through Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, revealing what it takes to deliver international motorsport against the backdrop of challenges imposed by the global pandemic

Viewers will see how drivers, engineers, team crews and executives are pushed to the limit in Formula E’s first season operating as an official motorsport FIA World Championship. From the season opener in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia to the climax in Berlin via Rome, Valencia, Monaco, Puebla (Mexico), New York and London, the Formula E: Unplugged cameras capture the triumphs and challenges of life in the Formula E paddock.

Season 7 the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship attracted record-breaking international TV audiences for the live race broadcasts. Formula E: Unplugged delivers a new perspective with original content from the garages and driver interviews in addition to racing action.

Formula E: Unplugged offers an honest and unfiltered look behind the scenes at Formula E during its first campaign as an FIA World Championship. It’s about the people who make up our sport, with a spotlight on their stories from a unique season in motorsport. 

Whether viewers are long-time fans of Formula E, motorsport followers curious about electric racing, or simply intrigued to find out more about our world, Formula E: Unplugged will offer a new perspective on our teams and drivers as they navigate the season on and off the track.

Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship begins in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on January 28 and 29 and will feature 16 races in 12 iconic world cities including Jakarta, Vancouver, Mexico City and London before concluding in Seoul, South Korea in August.

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