First look at the redesigned 2025 Formula E car

The race could reveal the likely appearance of the Gen3 Evo Formula E car, which will replace the current first iteration of the design in 2025.

Based on information seen and received over the past three months, the design shown in our mockup features several notable changes, including the possibility of front-wheel drive becoming “in drive mode,” or four-wheel drive.

Those plans have yet to be finalised, but it is believed that data gathered from an all-manufacturer test held in Mallorca last November will lead the FIA ​​and Formula E to use the new active setup for at least qualifying and E’s attack mode phases -Prix next year.

While this will be the most fundamental change, other parts of the Gen3 car will also be modified.

This will include most of the upper body, sidestays, shock cover and engine cover being new, while there will also be a new Hankook tire specification.

Other changes include a redesigned front wing.

This part of the car came under a lot of criticism from teams and drivers during the first 2023 Gen3 season due to its fragility compared to the more robust Gen2 design.

Front wing incidents and near misses have marked the 2023 season, the most serious of which was Abt Cupra driver Nico Muller’s huge crash at Portland – when his front wing was dislodged and lodged under his wheels while at full speed .

On several occasions last season, wing struts failed after brief contact between the cars, prompting several engineers in the Formula E paddock to raise the issue at technical meetings.

For the Gen3 Evo era, a stronger mount was considered for the front fenders with the addition of links or blockers that prevent it from going under the car and unloading the front wheels. The solution appears to be a main plane on the new front wing, as described in The Race’s illustration above.

Details of delivery dates for the new kits have not yet been discussed, although testing of the new-look cars is likely to take place in September or October with the promoter’s traditional week-long test in Valencia.

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The importance of the Gen3 Evo’s design should not be underestimated. It is central to the momentum for Formula E ahead of its crucial Gen4 era in 2026 – and in the eyes of the promoter, Formula E Holdings, it is fundamental to the series attracting new fans for its fourth era.

The Gen3 genesis tribulations were painful and damaging to both the FIA ​​and Formula E. The Swedish board of problems and poor execution of the project revealed serious problems that needed to be addressed, both commercially and in terms of reputation Formula E had to turn around to make repairs to his position in motorsports.

Despite the problems, the quality of racing was largely unaffected and indeed in some cases improved. Still, the act’s eyeball count hasn’t really followed suit.

The original Gen3 cars were undercooked. They weren’t 5-6s faster than the Gen2 as discussed, couldn’t handle contact as well as the Gen2, and were highly unpopular with manufacturers, teams and drivers.

Although the cars performed well on the track, there were a myriad of additional problems, including a shortage of spare parts and non-working LED lights on the cars. So the next iteration should be more streamlined and also provide lap progression.

The bridge that the Gen3 Evo will represent to the Gen4 will also be crucial to the fundamental perception of whether all-electric racing cars can provide a real “wow” factor that many feel is missing from current cars.

Speaking to The Race last month, Formula E sporting and technical adviser Dieter Gass said the motivation and intention for the Gen3 Evo was to “enhance the spectacle” but it didn’t need to be a radical change.

“We want to keep it where it is because I think we’ve had some pretty spectacular racing this year with Gen3,” he continued.

“If you can keep this up, you’ll be pretty good. That is exactly the goal we are pursuing.”

Gass added that Formula E wants to “develop the spectacle that you get from the sheer pace of the cars, not just the battle and the position changes and everything.”

This will involve using the front drive kit, which is supplied by American EV specialist Atieva, to visually improve the speed of the cars during certain periods of the race, including the start.

“What [front powertrain usage] it’s going to be limited, obviously,” Gass said.

“The planning for the moment is start, most likely in attack and qualification mode. Really the elements at the moment where you can see and use the speed of the car.”

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