Formula E: Gen3 Race Car Eliminates Rear Hydraulic Brakes

MONACO – One of the first major-series racecars to forego rear brakes – the Gen3 – will compete next year in the ninth season of the ABB FIA Formula E world championship.

The Gen3 of these open-wheel all-electric racers feature a second, front-mounted, powertrain which greatly increases the regenerative-braking capability and thus the lack of need for rear hydraulic brakes.

The series organizers claim this will be both the fastest electric racers in history as well as the most efficient, saying some 40 percent of the power used during a race will be provided by the regenerative-braking system.

The new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW.

This additional motive power will allow the cars to exceed 200 miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour).

Alejandro Agag, Founder and Chairman, Formula E said, “The Gen3 represents the ambitious third age of Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. With every generation of race car, we push the boundaries of possibility in EV technology further and the Gen3 is our most ambitious project to date.”

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