Today the FIA announced its plans for the future development of Formula E, revealing that it is on schedule to become a fully open formula by 2018/19.
Speaking to Autosport, Alejandro Agag laid out his five-year roadmap to advance the technology behind the all-electric racing series, which will see significant car development that should see the end of car-swap pit stops by the fifth season of the category.
Technology developments will focus improving the efficiency and output of the powertrain, as outlined in a recent blog post. As such the existing Spark-Renault SRT_01E chassis will continue to be used until the end of the 2016/17 season.
Agag commented: “I believe we will be able to retain a single chassis for four seasons, but I don’t think that will be possible if we are to stop needing to have two cars for each race. Teams will go for quite radical technologies, which means they will need their own chassis”.
The seven manufacturers participating in season two will be allowed some scope to develop suspension components – an area that has come under close scrutiny in recent races for its apparent fragility.
This poses an interesting question for Amlin Aguri and Dragon, who are not registered as manufacturers but have the right to purchase technology from other providers at a capped cost.