Its Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi took the drivers’ title and Renault e.dams itself a second straight teams’ trophy in the 2015-16 season finale in London in July.
But already the race is on to make even more gains from the Renault Sport-developed drivetrain that so far has proved to be the class of the field in the all-electric racing championship which has now attracted more automotive manufacturers – all eager to showcase their electric technologies.
Initial testing at Donington Park saw Buemi set the pace while team-mate Nicolas Prost also turned in highly competitive lap times.
At the time of writing, however, more testing was under way at Donington with the new Techeetah team – its car also using Renault Sport’s drivetrain – going even faster.
For the new season Formula E has introduced a new-look ‘high brow’ front wing to all cars which has received a thumbs-up for Buemi.
He said: “I like the look of the new front wing - it looks a little bit more futuristic, and from inside the car you can see the top part of the wing, so visually for the driver there is also a small change. We want Formula E to look different and be different, and the new wing is a good way of showing that. I don’t think it will make too big of an impact on aero which isn’t in the ethos of this championship –but it’s a good way to show visual development heading to Hong Kong for the start of season three.”
Four of the FIA Formula E Championship’s 2016/17 season will include four new cities – Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Brussels, Montreal and New York.
Race dates: Season 3, FIA Formula E Championship
Round Date Venue
1 9 October Hong Kong (HKG)
2 12 November Marrakesh (MAR)
3 18 February Buenos Aires (ARG)
4 1 April Mexico City (MEX)
5 TBA TBA
6 13 May Monte Carlo (MCO)
7 20 May Paris (FRA)
8 10 June Berlin (GER)
9 TBA TBA
10 1 July Brussels (BEL)
11 15 July Montreal (CAN)
12 16 July Montreal (CAN)
13 29 July New York (USA)
14 30 July New York (USA)