We have to face the facts: the beautiful sounds of a naturally aspirated fossil fuel-powered engine will not last forever, and the silent hum of an electric is more akin to what we’ll be used to in the coming decades.
However, that doesn’t mean that Formula E can’t be fast — thankfully. The first Formula E car off the line is the Spark-Renault SRT_01, made in collaboration with McLaren, Williams, and Dallara, presented at a lot in Las Vegas during CES 2014. Battery life is the main issue: 440-pound energy packs used by Formula E cars will last just about 20 minutes (for one hour races), and racers will have to pit and change cars when power is low — which would be frequently.
But the 230 horsepower with a top speed of more than 150 mph isn’t something to be easily reckoned with; plus there will be further progress. Formula E will see its debut for a 2014-2015 season, and all the teams participating will base their deigns off the existing model seen above.
This should be interesting.
Via: Formula E