Electric racing cars.
Whatever next…? Forget Scalextric, I mean full-size, battery-powered, single-seater racing cars. We are only a few months away from the launch of these silent slipstreamers. OK, so it may be like watching motor racing on TV with the sound switched off, but hey, sometimes things have to change… The green spectrum is wide. There are those who have no interest in being green, and others who dedicate their lives to methodically recycling their rubbish and wearing vegetarian shoes. The latter hate conventional motorsport. And they will also hate electric motorsport. The FIA has approved Formula E. This is a one-make global championship that will hold demonstration races towards the end of 2013, prior to its first season beginning in September 2014. The races will take place in the cities of London, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya in Malaysia, Bangkok and Buenos Aires. Although the Middle East is absent from the list, it might be worth keeping an eye on Formula E’s impact. There will be 10 teams. Each team will have two drivers and four cars. The on-board batteries won’t last the race distance, so pitstops will involve changing cars. The original car is then boost-charged for the final third stint while the second-stint car is racing. Such is the torque delivered by electric motors that a Formula E can accelerate from 0-100kph in under 3.0 seconds, with a top speed of 220kph. The cars will be liveried as Renaults; getting a manufacturer on board is impressive. The chassis will be built by Italian singleseater supremos Dallara, and McLaren will supply the motors, transmission and electronics. With little understanding of the laws of physics, environment enthusiasts are seemingly unaware that electricity comes from power stations; an energy source that is usually far more polluting than burning petrol in an internal ccombustion engine. However, one day this may nonot be the case. And you have to start somewhersomewhere. So let us finish by wishing Formula E the very best of luck.
“Environment enthusiasts are seemingly unaware that electricity comes from power stations; an energy source that is usually far more polluting than burning petrol in an internal combustion engine.”