Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Formula E | posted July 29, 2016 12:00
Formula E racecar to get new front wing for 2016/17 season
The 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship will be underway soon and the governing body recently revealed a new look of the all-electric racecar.
For the upcoming third season, the racecars will get a slightly modified front end courtesy of a new wing. According to Formula E, the aggressive two-tier wing aims to make the motorsport different from the rest.
“Formula E aims to be different, and this new front wing creates a look that's different to every other car out there. I think this is a great addition to our car and further emphasises the fact that this is a modern, forward-thinking championship that is taking a completely different approach to all other racing series,” said Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO.
FIA President Jean Todt, on the other hand, said that Formula E is not just an environment for making racecars purely powered by batteries and electric. It also allows each company to find new ways in making racecars.
“The FIA Formula E Championship is not just a great environment in which to develop a completely electric powertrain with new battery technologies, but it is also a platform for experimenting with innovative solutions when it comes to designing single-seater racing cars,” said Todt.
Reigning Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi of team Renault.e.Dams, also liked the new front wing, stating its futuristic look and ability to provide better visibility for drivers.
“From inside the car you can see the top part of the wing, so visually for the driver there is also a small change. We want Formula E to look different and be different, and the new wing is a good way of showing that. I don't think it will make too big of an impact on aero which isn't in the ethos of this championship - but it's a good way to show visual development heading to Hong Kong for the start of season three,” added Buemi.
Before officially using it for the 2016/17 season, Formula E will first conduct a series of test runs with the new front wing from August 24 - 25, 2016 at Donigton Park in the UK.
The 2016/17 season of Formula E will officially start on October 9, 2016 in Hong Kong.