How Formula E has avoided a fatal mistake

How Formula E has avoided a fatal mistake

On paper it looks like Formula E is missing a golden opportunity to push forward its reputation for cutting-edge technology. But in fact it's avoided making the sort of mistake that has hurt Formula 1 in the last decade

Next season's new Formula E car will be a watershed moment for the series, but also offer a paradox: its big technical overhaul contains what appears to be a glaring limitation. The second-generation FE machine will be fitted with a spec battery expected to run from start to finish and eliminate the mid-race car swaps that currently come in for plenty of ridicule.

Eliminating the lack of range in a formula designed to promote electric vehicles is obviously an important step and represents a significant improvement in just four years. But a spec battery in an electric race car doesn't sound very ground-breaking, does it?

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