LONDON – official release — Formula E photo — Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has outlined his plans for the second season of the fully-electric FIA Formula E Championship, during which he hopes to attract three or four manufacturers – reinforcing the series as the center of electric vehicle development and also to help it gain world championship status.
In an interview released on the official Formula E website and social media channels, the series boss spoke about his plans to move away from the current one-make format and open up the regulations to allow full manufacturer involvement. Teams would then be able to develop their own powertrains for year two in 2015/16 and their own batteries in season three.
“In year two the teams will be able to build their own batteries and their own motors,” said Agag. “They could build their own whole car if they wanted. But the regulations are quite strict and they don’t allow a lot of development in aerodynamics, but they do allow development in motor and battery. I would hope that we have three or four different makers of motors and batteries in the championship for year two.”
This move would also pave the way for Formula E to make a bid for world championship status with the series requiring the involvement of four manufacturers to become a world championship under FIA rules.
“There is a condition of a world championship to have a certain number of manufacturers; you cannot be a world championship as a one-make series,” said Agag. “We hope to attract manufacturers, meet the conditions and hopefully the FIA will grant us world championship status.”