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Formula E's most successful racer shares his thoughts on racing technology

A black Formula E car is followed by a red Formula E car
Expanding / Lucas di Grassi leads Jake Dennis in the 2022 London ePrix.

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Formula E concludes the season with its first visit to Seoul, South Korea this weekend. This is not only the end of Season 8 and the last race for the Gen2 electric race car, but also his 100th race in the series. The sport has come a long way since the first ePrix was held in Beijing in 2014. More powerful cars, bigger batteries, the ability to race excitingly in Monaco, things Formula 1 has been saying for decades. .

Lucas di Grassi was the first ePrix winner and has competed in every ePrix since. He’s still visiting victory lane, most recently at last Sunday’s London ePrix, which could see him score his 1,000th career point in the series this weekend. With his program background in Formula 1 and Audi’s mighty R18 e-tron Le Mans, di Grassi knows how to race his car. So he’s usually a good person to talk to about the future direction of the sport.

Next season the sport will get a new car. It’s much stronger and lighter. But it’s not as technically daring as the concept that Di Grassi lobbied for. That car hasn’t raced mad yet, but the various brains contributing to his R&D roadmap for Formula E already have him thinking about Gen4. I had the chance to speak with the driver ahead of this week’s Seoul ePrix and was curious to hear his thoughts on where the sport should go next. He had a lot of them, just like I wanted.

Eight years after winning his first ePrix, di Grassi is still competitive.
Expanding / Eight years after winning his first ePrix, di Grassi is still competitive.

Sam Blocksam

You’ve been pretty candid in the past about where you think the sport’s technical direction should go, especially since road car EVs have more technology than Formula E allows. where do you think i should go?

“That’s a great question. For me, it’s been very clear from the start where the technical roadmap for all the FIA, not just Formula E, is going. [the organizing body for global motorsport], among all, for me they should be much more segmented in terms of which solutions are better per series. there is. Formula 1 requires drivetrains with the most extreme power-to-weight ratios. Next, Formula E – the most efficient engine ever. So for my part, I would break it down more and make sure the manufacturers they want to develop and invest in do so,” he told me.

“[The FIA] There are championships that can be developed and some of that expertise can be used to cross over to another series, but they don’t overlap. there is. The regulations are not very clear. And that’s how these championships evolve, and that’s the technology that really creates value for the makers, the fans, and the world in the long run, I don’t think anyone has a really clear direction. think. I don’t think it will be easy at the moment. At the moment, I don’t think the job is being done the right way,” said Di Grassi.