Jaguar driver Mitch Evans says the new generation of Formula E cars, which will be introduced for the 2018/19 season, feels “somewhere between a prototype and a single-seater”.
The new generation features greater battery energy – up to twice the range of the current Spark-Renault SRT_01E – and will eliminate the need for mid-race car changes.
All nine manufacturers completed a second test of their new machines at the Calafat Circuit last week, with Evans getting behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-TYPE 3 for the first time.
“[FE] is growing all the time. Obviously in season six everyone will be in,” he said.
“Next season we will have BMW and a few others but it’s starting to get pretty serious now and these cars are a significant step up - somewhere between a prototype and single seater.
“I think the technology is going to develop a lot and I think it should be a good spectacle for everyone watching.”
Evans believes the new cars will add to FE’s popularity, but hopes the aggressive aerodynamic style does not affect the close racing which has been a feature of the series.
“I think it’s going to be huge, even more so now I’ve driven the car just because it’s a different beast, it’s faster,” he said.
“Especially in qualifying mode at 250kW the car is moving pretty quick so I think visually this will be more spectacular around the Formula E circuits.
“I think it’s very hard to improve the racing at the moment, as we saw in Rome the racing is really close.
“Hopefully, the way the aero works with these cars you won’t get any aero wash so you can still run behind cars and get close. I think the future is bright for the series.”