The second-generation Formula E car has been presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, about a month after we were first shown CGI shots. The new car is certainly quite a looker, and comes with a significant bump in terms of specifications ahead of its race debut in the fifth season (2018/19) of the all-electric race series.

The visually-imposing, batmobile-like bodywork is a radical departure from the current car, which will serve for the final team during season four later this year. Like on Formula 1 cars, the Halo protection device is present here too, but with an LED strip on it. This is to allow fans to follow the strategy of their favourite team or driver – with the lights indicating different power modes and other race-related information.

On the technical front, the car has a maximum output of 250 kW (335 hp), up from 180 kW (241 hp) with 200 kW (268 hp) available during races. Performance-wise, the car will take just 2.8 seconds to do 0-100 km/h, and will hit a top speed of 280 km/h. During deceleration, the setup has a maximum power regeneration of up to 250 kW.

Teams are limited in terms of the amount of energy that can be delivered to the MGU (the motor) by the battery to 54 kWh. A new standard battery produced by McLaren Applied Technologies now gives the new cars the ability to travel double the distance of the current car, negating the need for a mid-race car swap.

The Gen2 machine will have minimum weight of 900 kg, which includes the driver and the 385 kg battery. It uses Brembo brakes and bespoke 18-inch Michelin Pilot Sport all-weather tyres.

GALLERY: Gen2 Formula E car