London-based studio Beta Design Office designed and engineered the trophy to coincide with the debut of Formula E’s new Gen3 – the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built.
The energy burst-like design of the new trophy is heavily inspired by the power features of the Gen3 – the third-generation Formula E car racing at the very limit of innovation and pushing the boundaries of development in EV technology. The first electric open wheel race car to break 200mph, the Gen3 acts like a power station on wheels, generating more than 40% of energy used in the race during the race itself, and more than doubling the regenerative capability of the previous Gen2 car to 600kW.
The brief was to create an iconic new race trophy for the Gen3 era. It was vital that it conveyed electrification, speed, and movement, whilst also retaining elegance and modernity.
Designers at Beta were influenced by real life components of the world’s first all-electric motorsport world championship. The trophy comprises of 44 fins: 22 larger fins represent the 22 drivers competing in Formula E, and 22 smaller fins representing their cars on the track. The trophy form takes inspiration from automotive spokes, heatsinks and cores within a power cable, combined with flowing lines seen in automotive body panels.
Anodised aluminium was chosen as the primary material for its lightweight, rigid qualities, which also enabled an accurate gold and silver colour-match. It was vital that the final creation felt high-end and premium in keeping with the FIA World Championship status of the sport.
Henry Chilcott, Chief Marketing Officer, Formula E, said: “We tasked Beta with creating a trophy that would be the pinnacle expression of our new brand identity. Inspired by the instant torque of electric acceleration, the trophy speaks to our sport’s role as a powerful catalyst for change, whilst also capturing the excitement and speed of electric racing. We can’t wait to see it lifted in celebration at our first race of Season 9 in Mexico City on Saturday 14 January.”
Mark Reilly, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Beta, said: “We wanted the trophy design to create a sense of electricity, the essence of a cup but with the burst of acceleration. Creating a narrative in projects is important for us at Beta. Both Harry [Mitchell, Co-Founder & Creative Director] and I are fans of motorsport and we wanted the design to act as a symbol of the exciting and fast-paced evolution of Formula E, and a vision for the future.”