The FIA has today confirmed that the maximum battery power available for teams competing in the 2015/16 Formula E Championship will be increased to 170kw.
The 30% power increase comes after a number of tests conducted by Williams Advanced Engineering, the manufacturers of the batteries supplied to the entire grid. The batteries were initially designed to a specification of 133kw maximum power, which was later upgraded to 150kw ahead of the inaugural season.
In addition to the 170kw available to drivers during races, they will also be able to utilise 200kw during practice and qualifying sessions – another upgrade for the new season. However, the amount of energy that can be delivered to the powertrain by the RESS will remain limited to 28kwh.
Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO, commented: “The development of future battery technologies is fundamental to the ethos of the championship. Formula E is all about showcasing the progression of electric vehicle technology and thanks to the battery development from Williams Advanced Engineering we will see faster, more efficient and exciting racing this coming season.”
Craig Wilson, managing director of Williams Advanced Engineering, commented: “Formula E is all about pushing electric vehicle technology to its limits and showcasing its evolution to the public. Williams Advanced Engineering is working on a diverse portfolio of electric and hybrid vehicle projects and the learnings from Formula E are invaluable in developing our technology. During season two the batteries will now be operating at 30 per cent more power than they were initially designed for and we have upgraded certain components and worked closely with the teams to make sure that this is sustainable without significantly affecting reliability.”
The news comes two days after the announcement that the opening round of the 2015/16 season will be delayed by a week.