The FIA has announced new changes for the second season of the Formula E championship by giving teams the option to race its own in-house productions.

In the series' inaugural season all of the 10 teams competed with identical cars, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E powered by the specially-developed McLaren Electronic Systems, but from the second season any team can enter its own powertrains.

To limit costs, teams will initially only be able to alter the powertrain - specifically the e-motor, inverter, gearbox and cooling system - while all other parts will remain the same.

FIA President Jean Todt believes the first season of Formula E has been a huge hit and feels the gradual relaxations on regulations is important to control costs.

"The launch of the FIA Formula E Championship has been a great success. This innovative and spectacular discipline is in the process of gaining its sporting and technical credibility and the arrival of manufacturers for its second season is the next stage in Formula E's development," Todt said. "The gradual opening up of the regulations will promote innovation, while at the same time keeping costs under control. The solutions chosen by the manufacturers will hopefully lead to rapid development of the future-focused technologies at the heart of Formula E.

"In terms of the manufacturers chosen, we are satisfied with the quality of the applications received and the number of manufacturers becoming involved reflects the huge interest generated by Formula E."

Eight teams have been chosen for the initial developments: ABT Sportsline, Andretti, Mahindra, Motomatica, NEXTEV TCR, Renault, Venturi and Virgin Racing.

The next stage of developments are planned for the third season of competition when teams will be able to modify its batteries, and it is hoped enough progress will be made by the fifth year of competition to have one car per driver for each race.

"One of our objectives from the beginning was to promote technology competition but we cannot do that as organisers of the championship, we need 'actors' to join and to develop technologies to fight against each other in the races," CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag said.

"Through this fight we improve the technology and then with this improved technology we improve electric cars in general. We expect more manufacturers to join from season three onwards and we're already talking with many different manufactures and also OEMs."

 

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