How Formula E Is Developing Innovative Technology For Electric Cars

Mon, Oct 10, 2016 2,418

Season 3 of Formula E kicked off Sunday with the Hong Kong ePrix, but the single-seaters that hit the streets of Hong Kong were very different from the ones that competed in last season’s finale in London.

Aesthetically, the Season 3 cars look very similar to their predecessors, with the only noticeable difference being the new double-plane front wings. Underneath their carbon fiber bodywork, however, they are packed with newly developed technology.

After the series’ inaugural season, the technical regulations were opened to allow teams to develop things such as the rear suspension, power train and transmission. The goal of the new rules is to accelerate the advancement of electric vehicles.

To provide a more detailed look at the different solutions teams have come up with, Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske visited Andretti Formula E’s technical partner TE Connectivity and explored the underpinnings of the team’s show car.

Fenske’s video gives excellent insight into the compromise Formula E engineers have to find between speed, lightness and efficiency.

Thumbnail photo via LAT Photographic/Formula E