Earlier this week, the second generation FE design finally made its public debut. Aside from that, we also got an idea of how the final stage of FIA’s technical roadmap will increase battery and powertrain performance to go together with its striking new chassis.
The new car is said to have an extra output of 50 kilowatts (67 bhp) compared to the current model. This means that it will increase to 250 kilowatts (335 bhp) if the reports are accurate.
Furthermore, the current limit of the car which is at around 225 kilometers per hour (140 miles per hour) can even be improved to 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) with the new performance boost together with the low drag philosophy of the new car, said Di Grassi to Motorsport.com.
He then talks about the car by stating that it is more efficient and is more powerful. In fact, the car’s current configuration allows it to surpass 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) on a straight road easily. And without a doubt, no one can say that this is not a fast car when they see it going over 300 kmh.
Another thing that Di Grassi said in his interview is that he suggests that FE redesigns their circuits by adding longer straights. Not only will this help automakers show off their cars’ speed but this can also give drivers more opportunity to overtake during a race. He mentioned that he does not see any reason why FE should not have 700/800m straights on the circuits. Di Grassi claims that circuits should adapt to the new generation of race cars. Though he did not mean to fully change the circuits, but just fine tune them for more top speed and slipstreaming.
Di Grassi describes the second generation FE to be hitting an interesting point. And what he really meant was the car is efficient and has more performance, but is quite difficult to drive. One downside that FE sees here is that the cars are not fast enough for a top level single seater.
These cars came out with near GT3 levels of performance, which was proven when the low powered, low downforce machines were tested in summer 2016 at the Donington Park. The latest set of powertrains only improved by a little over a tenth of a second.
To defend the cars performance, Di Grassi mentioned that FE cars should not be compared with normal circuit based vehicles as they were specially made to race on street circuits instead - he does make a valid point though.
Comparing an F1 or and LMP1 Hybrid to an FE isn’t fair for the latter as these cars were not made for their tracks and will definitely not perform as well. It is also impossible to put a Formula 1 car in the Paris FE track, he added.