The world of motorsport moves fast, and just as we are constantly evolving as a team, so too is Formula E as it embarks of its first season as an FIA World Championship.
With a new campaign inevitably comes new faces and some new races, but revised rules and regulations help to keep the racing competitive throughout the field.
From the powertrain to the parts, software to cost savings, changes ensure that the racing is close and as the countdown to Diriyah continues, we’re set for our most exciting season to date.
The powertrain is the heart of every Formula E car and appropriately, this set of components lies at the very center of the championship’s rules and regulations for 2021.
To cut costs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we face an extended homologation period and this means that our cars will have an extended two-year lifecycle.
Over the next two seasons, manufacturers will only be able to alter powertrain components once and this has divided the technical direction of every team on the grid.
Teams have the option to start Season 7 with a new powertrain, re-use their Season 6 package for the first half of the campaign before homologating, or bring in an all-new design for Season 8.
With the help of our partners at Mercedes-Benz, we’ll be starting the coming campaign with new and updated technology, providing us with a competitive edge when the lights go out in Diriyah.
With restrictions and regulations in place, weight has always mattered in motorsport, but in Season 7 there is one change that will be recognised as a God-send by many drivers.
From this year, a new rule means that the total weight of a driver – with all of their safety equipment and foam seat – must be no less than 80kg.
This places Formula E in-line with Formula 1 and favours the championship’s taller drivers who will no longer have to adopt harsh training regimes, fueled by the need to be as light as possible.
Should a driver be below this 80kg boundary, ballast will be used to add extra weight to the seat, ensuring that the series remains as fair as possible.
The extended homologation period isn’t the only cost-cutting strategy that Formula E has employed for Season 7 and various other changes will make the series more affordable.
On race weekends, we will have a reduced tyre allocation, a reduced number of operational staff – down from 20 to 17 – and restricted use of parts to not only reduce non-essential spending but also improve sustainability.
This includes bodywork and brakes but also encompasses software, meaning that as of Season 7, only one software update will be allowed per event.