Rowland: Formula E Gen4 car could be as fast as F2

Nissan driver Oliver Rowland has driven the Gen3 Evo car and heard rumblings about Gen4

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Oliver Rowland has suggested the Formula E Gen4 car could be as quick as a Formula 2 car, which must be taken into account when deciding whether the championship should race on street or permanent tracks.

Details of Gen4, which will begin in Season 13 at the end of 2026, are yet to be confirmed and Nissan, Porsche and Jaguar are the only manufacturers so far to commit to the new technical regulations.

F2 cars are, on average, 10 seconds slower than a Formula 1 car and Formula E‘s current Gen3 car was five seconds off the pace of F2 around the Monaco Circuit, which is the only venue where all three series race.

“The power they are expecting is going to be massive, possibly double the power of now, which is a bit scary when putting them on some tracks,” Rowland exclusively told Total-Motorsport.com.

“The tyres will be a big step forward in grip. The car will be fast, possibly pushing F2 speeds. As long as we don’t compromise the races because of it, it should be good, we just have to be careful with the circuits.

“I like racing on the street circuits but when you’re talking about going that fast on some of the tracks now, either we have to limit the power of the track, which I’m a fan of, but I don’t know if then you make the races longer because the batteries are bigger.

“Some of the tracks we need to keep because it’s the DNA of Formula E. We can’t make it all big tracks because I don’t think that’s particularly exciting.”

Attack Mode to be more effective in Gen3 Evo

Prior to Gen4, Formula E will have two seasons with the Gen3 Evo regulations, that will start at the end of 2024.

The Gen3 Evo will be the fastest accelerating single-seater FIA car, with a 0-62mph of 1.82 seconds and will also be four-wheel drive, with softer Hankook tyres.

Rowland, who is fourth in the Formula E drivers’ championship ahead of the Portland E-Prix, has driven the Gen3 Evo, without the new bodywork.

“The tyres are a decent step forward, the four-wheel drive is a significant step forward but we will only get that in the duels, attack mode and probably the start,” said Rowland.

“So it’s a step forward but I think it’s a baby step compared to what they are trying to do in Gen4, which looks very exciting.

“It’s a step in the right direction. I think some things need slightly tweaking to make the cars less chaotic. But that will come.

“Attack Mode will go back to how it was in Gen2 at some points when you lose time but then make it up easily because the traction is massively improved with four-wheel drive, so it will probably around 1 to 1.5 seconds per lap with Attack Mode.”

John Smith
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Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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