Formula E pioneers talk to The Engineer magazine about the technology driving the new series. Those interviewed include promoter Alejandro Agag, scientific advisor turned team principal Paul Drayson and Peter van Mannen, managing director at McLaren Electronic Systems. McLaren, which enjoys a winning Formula 1 heritage, will supply the powertrain for the standard customer car to be supplied all teams in the first season. A single motor will drive a multispeed gearbox, controlled by a modified version of the electronic engine management unit that McLaren supplies to US racing series NASCAR.
Van Mannen says: “Electric cars accelerate very quickly because of the huge torque you can get out of a motor; they can decelerate very quickly as well. It’s just the sort of thing I’d love to see going around the city streets.”