More power for the Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02

More power for the Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02

28.11.2021: All Formula E cars are homologated for Season 8, but drivers will still have more power available thanks to a number of changes to the rules. Power on tap in races will increase from 200 kW to 220 kW and drivers will in future have 250 kW at their disposa



All Formula E cars are homologated for Season 8, but drivers will still have more power available thanks to a number of changes to the rules. Power on tap in races will increase from 200 kW to 220 kW and drivers will in future have 250 kW at their disposal when using Attack Mode instead of only 235 kW.
 


However, none of this should pose any problems thanks to the team's forward-thinking approach to development, as they will be able to use the same hardware next season, and yet get more power out of the power unit. "That was part of our work when we opted for a platform homologated for two seasons," said Pierre Godof, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains.



"Part of our durability testing included the duty cycle for Season 8, which we see as the second half of a long season to all intents and purposes. It's why right from the start, we designed the power train so that it could also be used for Season 8."


 

And at the same time, work on making more improvements to setup never stops. "The car is homologated," said Team Technical Director, Nick Chester. "So its basic geometry is fixed, but there's still some work that can be done as regards the vehicle's mechanical setup. We can make further developments to setup as our understanding increases.



It's what we're working on in particular for Season 8 but we're also looking at power unit mapping, on how we integrate these systems into the car and how we ourselves can develop the software and increase our understanding of the tyres and of the actual car so that we can get even more out of it."
 


In another innovation, the race duration of 45 minutes plus one lap could be extended by as much as 10 minutes should there be any safety car or 'Full Course Yellow' periods. 45 seconds will be added to race time for every minute of an SC or FCY period. If, however, one of these periods proves necessary after 40 minutes has elapsed or starts subsequently, then no more time will be added to the race.
 


The first outing of the new season will take place tomorrow, Monday 29 November, during official pre-season testing in Valencia where from Monday to Thursday (Wednesday is a rest day), all teams will have an opportunity to test their cars and run through procedures for the upcoming season.
 


"The new qualifying format will change things quite a bit," said Nick Chester. "So we'll run through it over and over again during testing at Valencia. I think all teams will do the something similar with the new format in mind. We'll also have to learn to deal with tyres and get our timing right. At the moment, race engineers have a lot on their plates, as there's a great deal of preparatory work needing to be done before we can work out how to qualify in the best possible position."
 


We shall be able to see for ourselves what effect these rule changes will have out on track when Season 8 kicks off with the double header at Diriyah, on 28 and 29 January 2022. However, before that happens, the team have an extremely busy period in prospect, preparing for the season ahead.
 



 
 
Sjoerd van Wijk -photos Mercedes


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