Williams wins Formula E Gen3 battery contract

The technology firm produced the Gen1 car battery system, that has been designed and built in under a year, utilized in the inaugural 2014 FE season and continued right through to 2018.

But the present Gen2 deal was awarded to McLaren Applied Technologies – supplier of the Gen1 motor and get a grip on unit – and its battery partner Atieva.

The Gen3 FE car will undoubtedly be boosted to 350kW – equivalent to 450bhp – from the current 250kW maximum and is set to be introduced for the 2022-23 season ahead of the very least three-year cycle.

Craig Wilson, managing director of WAE, said: “We’re extremely proud to be appointed the Gen3 battery supplier, especially as we have already been an integral part of the series right away.

“High performance batteries are one of WAE’s core competencies and I will be confident we shall add further value in the aspects of energy density, thermal efficiency, overall performance and reliability.

“Racing in such a competitive environment can also be a challenge for batteries, but one that we embrace.

“We look forward to supporting the series as it moves to its next exciting chapter.”

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In addition to the ability increase, the look brief for the Gen3 battery requires improved energy density, durability and a 30-second fast charging capability.

The tender process to apply for the supply deal was extended through until April 14, fourteen days later than originally in the offing, owing to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

WAE was then awarded the contract adhering to a June 19 meeting of the FIA WMSC.

In 2015, WAE won the Royal Automobile Club’s prestigious Simms Medal for the design, development and production of the Gen1 FE battery.

WAE in addition has replaced MAT as the official battery supplier for the Extreme E electric off-road SUV racing series, which includes been developed by FE co-founder Alejandro Agag.

At the January 2019 launch of XE, it was unveiled that the 550bhp ODESSEY 21 cars would run standardised MAT batteries and motors.

But four months later Agag announced a switch to WAE, citing a need to pre-empt any complaints about the transfer of intellectual property rights between XE and FE