Formula E and the FIA have announced the introduction of new financial regulations for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship after they were approved at today’s meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
The new financial regulations will come into force from October 1 next year and will align with the all-electric open-wheel championship’s technical and sporting regulations. Two sets of financial regulations will be introduced, one for Formula E teams and another for Formula E manufacturers.
The team financial regulations are comprehensive with limited exclusions, mainly for costs clearly linked to the commercial growth of the championship. The spending level for Seasons 9 and 10 will be set at €13 million ($14.6m) per season with certain transitional exclusions to address existing contractual commitments
From Season 11 onwards, the spending level will increase to €15 million ($16.9m) per season inclusive of driver costs and other costs associated with the second phase of the Gen3 car, facilitating continued investment in talent and development.
A separate set of financial regulations will govern manufacturer investment in research and development related to powertrain development.
Manufacturers will operate within a spending level of €25 million ($28.1m) over two consecutive seasons starting from Season 9. This includes costs for research and development, manufacturing activities and ongoing mandatory services to support Formula E teams
“Over the past 18 months, we have worked closely with the FIA and all participants in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to create a regulatory framework that will underpin the long-term financial sustainability for all participants in Formula E,” said Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E. “When combined with recent enhancements to our technical regulations and sporting formats, this financial system will strengthen Formula E’s value proposition. In partnership with the FIA, we have created a framework which places long-term financial success at the core of the championship which will support our existing teams and manufacturers while attracting new competitors and investment.
“The financial regulations are designed to complement our ambitious technical roadmap and enable manufacturers in Formula E to showcase the potential for electric vehicles in the most demanding racing conditions. The shift to electric vehicles is accelerating — Gen3 will set the standard for performance and efficiency. There is no turning back.”
Frederic Bertrand, Formula E & Innovative Sport Activities Department Director for the FIA, said: “I must commend the joint efforts of the FIA and Formula E’s financial teams, who have been working on these regulations for some months now, in close collaboration with the championship’s teams and manufacturers. The outcome meets all expectations and — on the eve of the introduction of the Gen3 car — will grant all stakeholders a clear vision of where the championship is headed, enabling them to plan for the future with confidence.
“The adoption of such measures enables the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to offer manufacturers the perfect platform for showcasing their technologies at managed and controlled cost levels while increasing the equitability among teams competing at the pinnacle of electric racing.”
The regulations will be enforced via the FIA’s Cost Cap Administration, which will monitor compliance, investigate instances of suspected non-compliance and update regulatory documentation.
In October and November 2022, Formula E teams will be able to voluntarily submit Season 8 documentation to acclimatize to the new regulations.