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How’s the noise? Formula E completes first test in France (VIDEO)

Nov 21, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Words will not really matter for this post looking at the FIA Formula E chassis’ first official test at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France, carried out by test and development driver Lucas di Grassi in the Spark-Renault SRT_01E.

My take? It sounds weird. It sounds massively different. It’s a jolt to the system after hearing traditional blaring engines as opposed to an electric motor running on batteries.

But it’s certainly unique.

  1. convincedofthehex - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Sounds like electric karts I’ve raced, but on steroids.

  2. testover6370 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I don’t get why, in a time of major development in electric car technologies, with every major manufacturer working on new designs and upstarts making major breakthroughs, we get a spec electric car series. Racing should help develop innovative new ideas by subjecting them to the crucible of competition.

    I also wonder when we’ll get any details on the, you know, the actual races. They keep saying they’ll have a race in Downtown LA, but I fail to see how they’re just going to get a major section of LA shut down at the last minute (anything under a year counts as last minute) with no track layout in place and no support races. They seem to think street races just happen spontaneously. You need more prep work than this to shut down a street for one block for a small farmer’s market, let alone shutting down an entire city center for a whole weekend to host a single solitary race.

  3. worknman24hours - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    The fundamental problems with battery technology today as it pertains to driving any car is -one. the batteries simply aren’t efficient enough to hold enough charge for a long amount of time and two-the act of ultrafast charging and discharging even the newest batteries generates a huge amount of heat.

    That heat can easily destabilize the chemical matrix of the batteries and lead to fire if the rate of heat increase and the amount are not carefully monitored and controlled.

    I think a battery spec Formula racing series is a great idea because that will place a spotlight on the technology required to fix those two major issues.

    I think it will be awesome if they put battery cells in the cars so they could be fast changed in pit stops.

    You would almost have to have those cells either right our in the open under the car for cooling or in a antifreeze water jacket to cool the cells-as of right now.

    And this opens another area of the e-challenge series as pertains to fuel cells.

    There is another energy technology that could benefit greatly from a comprehensive racing series involvement.

    The whole idea here is not to showcase what we have now but to push the envelope and to speed us to the technologies that will drive our cars tomorrow and in that, no racing series is more on point then the Formula E racing series.

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