While the physical model of the Gen2 Formula E car won't be revealed until the Geneva Motor Show on March 6, the images released show a dramatically different looking machine that not only incorporates the controversial ‘Halo’ cockpit protection device but also features fully enclosed wheels.

The new car is said to have almost double the energy storage capacity and double the range, eliminating the need for teams to make a mid-race car swap - a factor that has drawn Formula E plenty of criticism during its four-year existence.

“These are very exciting times for Formula E,” said FIA President Jean Todt. “Today we show for the first time the design of the next generation car, and I’m sure that everyone will be very excited by how futuristic and advanced it is.

Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Formula E, said the Gen2 car represented ‘the future of racing’.

“When we started Formula E, our goal was to break the mould and challenge the status quo – bringing a revolution to motorsport. This next generation car represents that revolution.

“The cars will be faster and will have almost double the amount of energy storage capacity and double the range, demonstrating the continuous evolution of battery technology. Together with the FIA, we’ve achieved a great milestone with the introduction of this car and I can’t wait to see it on track.”