The image of what we will count on from System E’s Gen4 vehicles that may arrive from 2026-27 is turning into extra full.
Final month it was introduced that Bridgestone would be the new tyre provider, changing Hankook. Marelli would be the entrance powertrain provider for the automotive’s four-year lifespan, taking on from Lucid Motors, whereas Podium Superior Applied sciences replaces WAE because the battery companion. Spark Racing Know-how stays the chassis constructor.
We all know that the vehicles can be four-wheel-drive, an overdue step that may massively enhance efficiency ranges and set new requirements for all open-wheel racing. Automobiles can be shorter, wider and heavier, though we will’t say for certain if this can be higher till we see the ultimate specs. Spark will produce excessive and low-downforce bodykits. And for the primary time, there can be two completely different tyre compounds, with a storm tyre launched for heavy rain alongside a grooved all-weather possibility. For my part, it’s time for us to have both slicks or semi-slicks that would optimise dry operating.
I drove on Bridgestones in System 1, and it’s an organization with a tremendous historical past in motorsport that is aware of what it’s doing. Will probably be an unbelievable asset for FE and I’m assured it’ll ship what’s required, however it’s the FIA that ought to goal the precise specs. We want round 10-20% extra mechanical grip than we at present have, to deal with the unbelievable torque from the four-wheel electrical drive, as a result of the vehicles will have the ability to deploy as much as 600kW, which is roughly 800bhp.
Gen3 was already a large improve by way of pace, however Gen4 can be even greater. Nonetheless, there’s a lot of room for future enhancements, for instance moveable aerodynamics, a lighter qualifying-only battery, and unbiased motors for torque vectoring and four-wheel steering. These options won’t be within the Gen4 automotive, but it surely’s one thing to think about for the long run.
In respect to aerodynamics, I consider the 2 bodykits from Spark can be higher, however not sufficient. Having absolutely adaptable, software-controlled aero components could be unbelievable. For instance, you would run excessive downforce in corners and low drag in straights (and the whole lot in between), however it’s crucial that every one groups have the identical entry to the identical components for the sake of competitiveness.
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Di Grassi believes System E ought to push for absolutely adaptable aero parts that may be adjusted utilizing software program
One other easy change I’d assist is bringing again wheel covers much like what we had in Gen2. These have solely upsides – lowering drag and growing safety in opposition to contact, whereas lowering spray throughout moist races for enhanced security. I don’t perceive why they had been eliminated for Gen3 as we don’t change tyres in pitstops, so it’s no downside in any respect. They have to return for Gen4.
A producer’s skill to place their visible id on the automotive is primordial. I believe FE ought to enable the producers to make the vehicles look completely different, utilizing non-performant components like headlights and taillights with out permitting aero benefits.
In a nutshell of efficiency, I’d have placed on the necessities for Gen4 that it might probably race on the complete Macau Guia Circuit, and for no less than one lap in qualifying be quicker than System 3 and GT3 vehicles. That for me could be a fantastic indicator that we’ve gone in the precise route.
In Mexico Metropolis we might deploy its full potential, then if we return to Paris and the vehicles are too quick for that observe, we might simulate the utmost allowance of energy per straight and management it
The core of System E is road racing, and the perfect road observe on the planet is Macau, so the place higher place to focus on having the quickest automotive?
The efficiency might then be tailored or tuned all the way down to different tracks afterwards utilizing software program management for particular races and even additional, for particular segments of various tracks. In Mexico Metropolis we might deploy its full potential, then if we return to Paris and the vehicles are too quick for that observe, we might simulate the utmost allowance of energy per straight and management it.
This is able to enable for far more flexibility with out compromise and scale back the associated fee on the identical time.
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May we see System E vehicles racing at Macau?