- Max Power: 200kW
- Acceleration: 0 - 100km/h < 4s
- Car Weight: 880kg
- FE Battery: 28kW Lithium Ion battery
- Wheels: O.Z. racing magnesium rims
- Tyres: 18" Michelin tyres
Formula E began in 2014 and since then has been on an incredible journey that has seen the all-electric motorsport grow in popularity to such an extent that the series is drawing comparisons with the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1.
The Formula ePrix takes place over a series of weekends and each race sees the drivers switch between 2 cars during a 40 lap race, both completing half of the total race distance. The reason for this is the electric motors and the duration of the batteries. However, this is an ongoing development and the sport will soon see pitstops that will run more like Formula 1 with tyre changes etc.
But let’s take a look at what’s behind a Formula E car with Kaspersky Lab sponsored DS Virgin Racing’s newest vehicle, the DSV-03.
DS Virgin Racing – Formula E car details:
Car: DSV-03 homologated by the FIA
Weight and Measurements:
Dimensions: Length 5m // Width 1.78m // Height 0.99m
Wheel base: 3.10 m
Weight of the car: 880kg minimum with pilot
Engine: One electric motor rear wheels
Max power: 200kW (271 ch)
Racing energy recovered power: 150kW
Updated 28kW Lithium Ion battery by Williams Advanced Engineering
Battery weight: 320kg (capacity 28 KW/h)
The traction battery is a Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) and supplies electric to the power circuit and then to the traction motor. The RESS is designed to propel the car along the track via the electric motor.
The FIA state that the battery and system must be of FIA standard, the weight must be no more than 200kg and also be certified to UN Transportation Standards.
ECU: McLaren Electronics ECU/GCU including a data logging system.
There are a number of other features on the DSV-03 that include a power supply management unit, CAN data acquisition equipment, FIA marshaling systems and a beacon receiver.
Gearbox: 3 speed paddle shift sequential with fixed gear ratios
Brakes: Ventilated carbon disks, 4-piston calipers; adjustable AV/AR distribution from the interior Max. speed: 225km/h (FIA limited)
Acceleration (0-100km) Less than 4s
Wheels and Tyres:
Wheels: O.Z. Racing magnesium rims. Max width front – 260mm / rear – 305mm. Max diameter front 650mm / rear 690mm
18” treaded Michelin tyres for use in both dry and wet track conditions.
Size: 245x40R18 (AV), 305x40R18 (AR)
Tyres: Michelin Pilot Sport EV 2
(Source: DS Virgin Racing & Formula E regulations).