An electric powerhouse, the M3Electro carries our in-house developed powertrain for Season 3 of the championship. A revolutionary step ahead from Season 2, it is a manifestation of absolute engineering.
Christened ‘Ampere,’ ‘Voltaire,’ and ‘Arjuna’ (an Indian warrior); these stunners set the streets ablaze. M3Electro was born as a result of 2500 hours of sweat and blood.
The all-electric powertrain is also the ‘powerbrain’ of the M3Electro. A powerful leap from Season 2, it sports more than 300 new components. A six-phase unit with two-speed transmission, it guarantees better performance, reliability and efficiency.
Peak RPM has improved by 14%, while peak torque has increased by 38%. Weighing just 23 kgs, the overall drivetrain mass has reduced by 40% for greater agility.
The M3Electro houses a Williams-developed battery weighing around 350kg, complete with a carbon-fibre safety casing.
During the race, teams are permitted to use 28kWh of energy in each car. In Season 3 the maximum outputs are set at 170kW during race mode and 200kW for qualifying, catapulting the car from 0-100kmh in less than three seconds.
Just around the corner of the famed Circuit de Barcelona lies our European testing garage. This is where our engineers spend hours setting up and fine tuning the M3Electro for the next race.
But the most crucial tool for prep time is the simulator. The team spends close to 100 hours of simulation for every one hour on the track.
Formula E cars are getting rapidly more complex and already have hundreds of sensors and many different complex electronics and software systems.
The M3Electro sports a new and fully customisable steering wheel – with six rear paddles, six rotary controls, ten buttons, LED warning lights and a larger colour LCD dash display.
It’s the most unique feature in electric racing technology. Every time the driver hits the brakes, the car's kinetic energy – that would have otherwise been wasted – is recaptured and converted into electricity. Power is fed back into the batteries, charging them up.
Permitted energy regen increased from 100kW to 150kW in Season 3. However, the maximum power output remains 200 kW.
The 'Made to Grab Podiums' aka MGP3O is a racing
prodigy. Developed in a record time of less than six
months – from drawing board to track – it has been
turning heads since its debut in the 2013 World Championship.
Its stunning curves maximise aerodynamics. Beneath
its taut, yet nimble chassis lies a power-packed engine.
And there rests not one slack bone in its body.
A single-cylinder 249cc DOHC four-stroke, finger follower valve train; drum throttle body with double fuel injector engine enables the MGP3O to accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 3 seconds – reaching staggering speeds of over 240 kph.
Improvements to the engine never cease. Every enhancement since its debut has guaranteed greater power delivery, acceleration and top speed. And podiums!
Moto3 bikes are the smallest Grand Prix racers. But their slender tyres and lightweight bodies (approx. 81kg) make them the fastest at the apex of a corner.
The MGP3O chassis is not only robust, but communicative. It gives the rider a feel of the suspension and tyres. At the same time, it’s rigid enough for precise steering at high-speed corners, and quick change of direction.
Our state-of-the-art engineering and development facility in Besozzo, Italy, is the birthplace of the MGP3O. Developed completely in house from the ground up, the bike goes through high standards of manufacturing at every step of its making.
The facility boasts of computer-aided design and engineering labs. Here, cutting-edge prototyping and manufacturing meet high-tech test and quality control.
Three kms from our development centre in Besozzo lies our engine facility – up in the town of Brebbia.
The facility houses workstations to assemble engines, a fully dynamic engine test bench, and a modern rolling (chassis) dynamometer.
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