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 And FIA Unveil GEN3 Evo Race Car Capable Of 0-60mph In 1.82s

Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have unveiled the next generation of race car, the all-electric GEN3 Evo, capable of reaching 0-60mph in just 1.82 seconds.

Showcased at H.S.H Prince Albert II’s Private Car Collection, the GEN3 Evo features a host of innovative technical upgrades and will debut in Season 11 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. This season will see top manufacturers and drivers compete in iconic locations worldwide.

Developed by specialists from Formula E and the FIA, the GEN3 Evo represents a significant leap in electric racing technology. With acceleration 30% faster than a current F1 car and 36% faster than the GEN3 model, this car sets a new standard in performance, sustainability, and efficiency.

The GEN3 Evo accelerates nearly a full second faster than its predecessor, the GEN3, which was the world’s first race car designed for street racing. This evolution embodies cutting-edge advancements and a commitment to environmental responsibility, serving as a formidable ambassador for the future of motorsport.

Key technical enhancements for the GEN3 Evo include:

  • Quickest accelerating FIA single-seater: 0-60mph in 1.82 seconds (0-100kph in 1.86s), 30% faster than a current F1 car.
  • Improved performance: Estimated 2% performance gain from GEN3, translating to about 2 seconds faster qualifying laps on the Monaco circuit.
  • Aggressive new design: A robust, aerodynamic body kit for closer wheel-to-wheel racing.
  • All-wheel drive (AWD): A first for Formula E, enhancing acceleration, control, and strategy during qualifying duels, race starts, and ATTACK MODE.
  • Optimized grip: Hankook iON tyres providing 5-10% more grip, made from 35% recycled and sustainable materials.

These features aim to deliver faster, closer racing, enhancing the action for fans while building on the GEN3 car’s world-leading specifications, such as:

  • Top speed: 200mph.
  • Regenerative braking: Utilizing a 600kW regenerative braking capacity to generate nearly 50% of the race’s energy during the race itself.
  • Software enhancements: Race performance upgrades via software engineering.
  • Efficiency: Over 90% efficiency in the electric motor, compared to 40% for internal combustion engines.
  • Sustainability: The world’s first net zero carbon race car in the world’s first net zero carbon sport.
  • Ethical battery development: Sourcing battery cell minerals based on ethical and sustainable mining standards.
  • Lifecycle thinking: Including second life and recycling for battery cells, and using recycled carbon fibre and natural materials like linen in the chassis.
  • Sustainable supply chain: Suppliers meet strict sustainability KPIs, achieving FIA 3* Environmental Accreditation by Season 9.
  • Race-to-road technology transfer: Developing road-relevant technologies for direct application in the automotive industry.
  • Ultra-fast charging: A 30-second 600kW high-speed charge capability in development.

As part of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s technical roadmap, all powertrains will be newly homologated for Season 11, allowing manufacturers and customer teams to incorporate key learnings and optimizations from the GEN3 into their new cars.

Jeff Dodds, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, said: “The GEN3 Evo heralds a groundbreaking chapter in the evolution of Formula E, embodying our dedication to innovation and sustainable high performance. Featuring unprecedented acceleration and advanced aerodynamic design, this car will intensify the thrill of our racing, captivating drivers and fans around the world.”

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the FIA, added: “The FIA and Formula E have been working hard on developing the GEN3 Evo, which represents another significant leap forward in electric racing technology. I thank both the FIA and Formula E teams for their hard work, which underscores our shared commitment to sustainable motorsport while delivering competitive racing.”

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