While Formula E’s electric race car platform is still arguably in the experimental phase and not enough subsystems can be modified, the championship certainly appears to be moving in the right direction. We recently learned that McLaren will soon supply them with a new battery pack technology with the help of Lucid Motors and it should double the energy capacity of the vehicles, as well as help the overall performance.
Several serious automotive companies, like Renault, Citroen, Mahindra, Jaguar, Audi are already involved in the championship, as well as a few newcomers like NextEV and Faraday Future. The latter released today the specifications of their own Formula E electric race car.
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FF’s partnered with the Dragon Racing team to join the Formula E and create what is now called the ‘Faraday Future Dragon Racing Team’.
Their 1940.1 lbs race car can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/k) in 2.9 seconds with a max power output of 200 kW (270 hp) and a top speed of 150 mph.
In comparison, Formula One cars can output 980 to 1,000 hp (730 to 750 kW) and reach top speeds of 375 km/h (233 mph).
The new battery pack technology to be introduced during the 2018 season and further improvements to electric powertrains should quickly close the gap between the two championships.
Another interesting tidbit of information from FF’s specs, it has a 150 kW max regenerative capacity according to the specs. In comparison, Tesla’s max regen is capped at 60 kW.
Here’s FF’s Formula E vehicle with the full specs further down:
2016-2017 Faraday Future Dragon Racing Penske 701-EV Specs
- 0-62 mph: 2.95 seconds
- Max Speed: 150+ mph
- Max Power: 270hp in qualifying; 230hp in race
- Max Cornering: 1.75g
- Motor: Permanent magnet motor
- Transmission: 2-speed paddle shift sequential
Body & Chassis Dimensions
- Chassis: Carbon fiber monocoque
- Length x Width x Height: 196.85 x 70.86 x 49.21 in.
- Track Width: 51.18-in.
- Minimum Weight (including driver): 1940.1 lbs.
- Front: Steel wishbones, pushrod-operated dampers and torsion bars
- Rear: Steel wishbones, pushrod-operated dampers and torsion bars with coil springs
Brakes & Tires
- Front, Rear: Carbon-carbon discs and pads, front and rear, four-piston Alcon calipers
- Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport EV2, treaded for use in both dry and wet conditions
- Wheels: 18-in. aluminum rims, 25.6-in. diameter, 10.23-in. width (front), 27.16-in. diameter, 12-in. (rear)
- Max Energy Allowed: 28 kw/h per race car
- Charger: Portable, clean, glycerine-fueled generators
- Charging Rate: 40kW
- Max Regen: 150kW
- FanBoost: Additional allowance of 100 kilojoules (kJ) of stored energy, awarded to the three drivers earning the most Fanboost votes prior to each race. Deployable at the driver’s discretion, this 100kJ can boost a vehicle’s power between 180 kW and 200 kW. However, the larger the power increase, the briefer the total boost time.