After all teams in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship have run the same car, in the Spark-Renault SRT_01E with a powertrain developed by McLaren Electronic Systems, manufacturers will be able to innovate on their own in year two (2015-2016).
Formula E has confirmed the eight manufacturers for the second season, which include:
- ABT Sportsline
- NEXTEV TCR
- Renault Sport
- Venturi Automobiles
- Virgin Racing Engineering
Development areas will primarily be powertrain focused. Per Formula E’s official website, these elements are open for development: specifically the e-motor, the inverter, the gearbox and the cooling system. All other parts on the cars will remain as they are, with the aim being to prevent costly aerodynamic developments.
Battery development is expected to come in season three of the championship, which will run from 2016 to 2017.
“One of our objectives from the beginning was to promote technology competition but we cannot do that as organizers of the championship,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said in a release.
“We need ‘actors’ to join and to develop technologies to fight against each other in the races. Through this fight we improve the technology and then with this improved technology we improve electric cars in general.”