An update to the Atieva-built front engine prior to the Portland race had long been planned in the Formula E technical programme.
The “long ear of Electric Motor News” heard a meeting of several technicians in an airport not far from Jakarta (actually on the way back) who confirmed the time to update these engines, obviously for all the teams present in Formula E.
So from this airport, we understood that the teams have received the expected updates on the development car (all teams have a car that allows various details to be developed at home).
In fact, between the last two races in Jakarta and the one in Portland, the teams have scheduled private tests behind closed doors and this is why the “over the air” update is needed, which was promptly carried out.
In fact, private tests are carried out with the teams’ development cars, because the “real” ones are in DHL containers, probably already on some cargo plane bound for Portland.
Obviously these engines can only be touched by Atieva, who absolutely cannot give codes and parameters to anyone, much less to the teams.
So the “real” updates on the “real” racing cars will be done at Portland, few days before the race.
But how long will it take to do this update? Also according to “the long ear of Electric Motor News”, about 10 minutes for each motor.
Here is the video presentation of the front engine
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