For the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championships, NextEV introduces its all-new powertrain, the NextEV 700R. For the second year running, NextEV has been granted constructor status in the championship, which features ten teams for the 16/17 season. Nine of the teams hold constructor status, with the only team not manufacturing their own powertrain being the new Techeetah outfit.
In the first season of the FIA Formula E Championship in 2014/2015, all teams running in the electric car series were working with a single-spec car equipped with a 200kw emotor, 5 ratio sequential gearbox and 28kw/h battery pack. From the 2015/16 season onwards, teams were permitted to design and manufacture their own powertrains, comprising emotor, inverter and differential.
For the 2016/17 season the NextEV Formula E Team will run a powertrain featuring a twin emotor and single-speed gearbox. Series regulations also permit teams to manufacture their own rear suspension. At a championship level, the new season will see external changes as all teams debut a unique front wing and steering wheel with increased functionality, while internally the regeneration power has increased from 100kw to 150kw.