Method E’s most profitable racer shares his concepts on racing know-how

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Enlarge / Lucas Di Grassi leads Jake Dennis within the 2022 London ePrix.

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Method E will shut out its season this weekend with its first go to to Seoul, South Korea. It is not simply the top of season eight and the final race for the Gen2 electrical race vehicles but additionally marks the collection’ a hundredth race. The game has come a good distance since its first ePrix in Beijing in 2014, with extra highly effective vehicles, larger batteries, and a capability to placed on an thrilling race at Monaco, one thing that Method 1 hasn’t been in a position to say for a number of a long time.

Lucas di Grassi was the winner of that first ePrix and has raced in each ePrix since. He is nonetheless visiting victory lane, most not too long ago in final Sunday’s London ePrix, and this weekend might rating his 1,000th profession level within the collection. With a background in Method 1 after which Audi’s mighty R18 e-tron Le Mans program, di Grassi is aware of his means round a race automotive. So he is normally individual to speak to in regards to the future path of the game.

Subsequent season the game will get a brand new automotive, one which’s rather more highly effective—and lighter, too. However it’s not fairly as daring, technology-wise, because the idea di Grassi lobbied for. Though that automotive has but to even race in anger, the assorted minds that contribute to Method E’s R&D highway map are already interested by Gen4. Since we had the possibility to talk with the motive force forward of this week’s Seoul ePrix, I wished to know his ideas on the place the game ought to go subsequent. As I hoped, he had loads of them.

Eight years after winning the first ePrix, di Grassi remains competitive.
Enlarge / Eight years after profitable the primary ePrix, di Grassi stays aggressive.

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You’ve been fairly outspoken previously about the place you assume the technical path of the game ought to go, notably as highway automotive EVs characteristic tech that has gone past what Method E permits. The place do you assume Gen4 ought to go?

“That is an incredible query. For me, it’s totally clear from the start the place the know-how highway map goes, not solely Method E, however all of the FIA [the organizing body for global motorsport], of every thing—for me, they have to be rather more segmented when it comes to which options are higher for various collection. Like, endurance racing ought to be specializing in car-relevant applied sciences. Method 1 ought to have essentially the most excessive power-to-weight ratio drivetrains. Then components E—essentially the most environment friendly engines ever. So for me, I’d phase it rather more and make it possible for the producers they wish to develop and make investments, do,” he advised me.

“[The FIA] have a championship that may develop, and it could use a few of that experience to crossover to totally different collection, however they do not overlap. And in the mean time, there’s loads of overlaps between endurance racing, Method 1, Method E. It is that the rules are usually not very clear. And I do not assume there’s any individual giving actually, actually clear instructions that that is the best way these championships are going to evolve, and that is the know-how that really creates worth for the producer and for the followers and for the world in the long run. I believe in the mean time it isn’t a simple factor to do. And in the mean time, I do not consider the job is being achieved in the correct means,” di Grassi mentioned.

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