Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne wins Formula E world championship

With a second place at today’s 100th Formula E E-Prix, Stoffel Vandoorne secured the Season 8 Formula E World Championship title , as fellow Silver Arrows Nyck de Vries was the series’ defending champion. While Vandoorne was no match for lap 16 winner Edoardo Mortara, a podium finish after a P4 qualifying attempt was enough to hold off his only championship challenger in the final race.

Jaguar TCS’ Mitch Evans put Vandoorne under the pressure yesterday by winning the penultimate E-Prix in wet conditions. The Mercedes EQ driver finished fifth, but was unable to extend his comfortable lead in the championship standings ahead of the double header in Seoul. However, Evans couldn’t repeat the magic of yesterday: he only managed seventh place after starting from P13.

“Just look at the season we’ve had,” said Vandoorne. “The consistency and the car were fantastic and the team did an incredible job. I think every single one of us deserves it. What we have achieved is something special.”

Sunday’s race marks the end of the Gen2 era in Formula E. When the series kicks off in Season 9 in January, the Gen3 race car will be in every team’s garage. The new design, which is both lighter and smaller than the Gen2 model, should allow for more “agile” wheel-to-wheel racing. These cars should be two to four seconds faster in both qualifying and the race, thanks to an electric motor capable of delivering 350 kW (470 hp) of power to reach top speeds of 200 mph (320 km/h). According to Formula E, the electric drives can convert over 90 percent of their energy into mechanical power, and around 40 percent of the energy used by cars during an E-Prix is ​​generated by regenerative braking. Gen3 will also be the first ever formula car with both front and rear powertrains, adding 250 kW to the 350 kW at the rear.

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