The President of the FIA Jean Todt told motorsport.com “that the next generation of Formula E cars will include surprises” when the look of the design is unveiled later this year.
The 2018/19 Formula E programme will be lead by the FIA. This would be the first time the FIA had direct influence in the management and design of supplying a car to one of the series it sanctions. The futuristic looking design could feature a complete departure from the definitive single-seater, most notably around the rear of the car. This new design could give the car a more sports car style look.
“We like to make some good surprises and this[the season five car] will be a good surprise with new safety and technology on the car”, Todt told motorsport.com.”
“The big change is only having one car[per driver, per race] and for me Formula E is a visionary category in motorsport.”Todt believes Formula E will be well-positioned after the annoucements by the French and British governments to ban the sale of pure internal combustion vans and cars by 2040.
“You have seen that by 2040 the Uk and France will ban any car that will not be hybrid,” said Todt.”
“Formula E is a show and it is a laboratory and as a show people love entertainment, so we want this kind of feeling.”
The Frenchman added that that recent announcements of Porsche, BMW, Audi and Mercedes all joining the all-electric series have dispelled initial doubts about how popular it would be among manufacturers.
“We did not know who would come,” he admitted. “It is like a restaurant, you open it, you do your best and you don’t know who is going to come and eat there. Formula E was the same.
“We make a new championship and it has been great with the promoter and the FIA, we all truly believe in it. Now we know that manufacturers are competing to come, which is exactly what we want.”