Formula E is set for some changes for the upcoming season in 2022/23.
The motorsport competition will be entering the Gen 3 era, as it develops more ways how to race and be sustainable while doing so.
As Formula E announces what Gen 3 will offer the sport, Envision Racing announced a partnership with a new supplier for 2022/23, Jaguar TCS Racing.
What is the Gen 3 Era?
Formula E said that this era will give the sport the “world’s most efficient racing car”.
Now in this context, when we say “efficient”, it means how much energy will be conserved.
The more energy conserved, the more efficient it will be, hence more sustainable.
40% of energy will come from the regenerative energy produced by braking, similar to the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) used in Formula One.
This type of car will have a powertrain both on the front and rear, making it the first-ever.
The front powertrain will give out an estimate of 250kW while the rear one will give out approximately 350kW, enhancing the regenerative capability of the car.
The front powertrain will enable it to be the first-ever car to not feature hydraulic brakes, making it more sustainable.
The electric motor will also give out about 350kW of power.
The total power that the motor and powertrains give, will enable the car to reach a maximum of 320km/hr, making it as fast as a Formula One car.
This car will be smaller and lighter than those which are currently being used, the Gen 2 era cars.
This is to create faster cars with more wheel-to-wheel racing in Formula E.
Formula E’s Life Cycle Thinking
Formula E comes with a life cycle that gives a “second life” to the material used with aim of sustainability.
The motorsport competition’s aim is that it reaches zero carbon.
It aims at reducing rubber from end tires, debris from broken parts and reducing CO2 emissions from battery cells.
To tackle each of these, Formula E came up with other automotive partnerships.
To reduce rubber, 26% of the composition of tires will be from sustainable materials.
For the broken parts of cars, Formula E is working hand-in-hand with the aviation and aerospace industry, to recycle the fibre broken parts and produce new applications.
Finally, Formula E has been tackling carbon emissions ever since its foundation with the electric motor.
What is special about the Gen 3 motor though is that it will be converting 90% of the electrical energy to mechanical when compared to the 40% converted by the Internal Combustion Engine (ICEs).
To make sure that all teams are following such procedures, Formula E set up Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for teams to follow.
Jaguar will be supplying Envision with: its new high voltage electric motor, inverter, transmission, coding system, casing and suspension.
Jaguar TCS Racing also competes in Formula E.
As a car manufacturer, Jaguar has been one of the most innovative companies in electric automotive.
Jaguar Land Rover and Jaguar TCS Racing came together to develop more sustainable ways to recycle automotive components.
This is with the use of the Jaguar I-Pace, an all-electric SUV.
Its used batteries are used to develop a zero-emission energy storage unit, in cooperation with Off Grid Energy.
The team used this battery to prepare for the 2022 Formula E season.
It ran the team’s diagnostic equipment and supply auxiliary power to the pit garage.
Its charged by solar panels and gives out zero-emission power.
Jaguar seeks to become an all-electric luxury brand by 2025.
Executive Director for Strategy & Sustainability for Jaguar Land Rover, Francois Dossa said, “Our collaboration with Off Grid Energy is a proof point in such direction, showing it’s possible to supply zero-emission power through the combination of renewable and second-life batteries.
“Through their testing at Valencia, the Jaguar TCS Racing team have shown how we can inspire the whole ecosystem to continue to explore synergies and validate solutions for clean energy.”