The 2022-2023 Gen3 car was unveiled last Thursday in Monaco, which hosted the sixth round of the current championship last weekend. After four seasons, Formula E says goodbye to the current Gen2 car. For its appearance, Formula E was inspired by the world of fighter jets. The car is slightly shorter than the current car and sixty kilograms lighter. In addition, there are the necessary technical changes. For example, the Gen3 car comes with an all-new powertrain that delivers significantly more power than its predecessors. A 350 kW electric motor is placed on the rear axle, which in regenerative conditions works together with the 250 kW electric motor in front. The rear brakes are gone; the braking force on the rear axle is provided by the recuperation motor.
Defending champion Nyck de Vries announced at the presentation of the new car that a number of innovations will bring the necessary challenges for the teams and drivers. “Technically it’s interesting and challenging,” said the Mercedes driver of the Gen3 car. “I think with a front engine that only regenerates and doesn’t have a front axle differential, getting the front and rear axles to interact properly becomes very interesting,” said De Vries, who is eighth in the World Cup in the current championship after six events.
Although the championship has yet to make an announcement on this, De Vries would welcome in-race pit stops that require battery charging. “I also like seeing sporting innovations, such as making a pit stop. I think the races will be nicer because it requires more strategy. Now the attack modes are a strategic element, but to me it feels a bit artificial. “
The other Dutch activist in Formula E, Envision Racing driver Robin Frijns is looking forward to trying the car for the first time. “For sure. It has more power and is significantly lighter. We’re getting different tyres, so we have to get used to that. It will definitely be different, the question is how much,” said the current number four in the title fight. Frijns calls the car “interesting”. “I think for what he produces in terms of performance it’s good to race with him.”
“Not quite my taste”
Both are not very enthusiastic about the appearance of the Gen3 car. “The aesthetic is different and abstract, it’s quite square,” says De Vries. “I think we might have to get used to that. But yes, there is always a certain resistance to anything new.” Frijns’ mouth isn’t watering when it comes to the design either. “It’s not really my taste, to be honest. But maybe others will like it.”