Toyota's TMG EV P001 – perhaps trying to outrun its boring name – smashed the existing lap record for an electric vehicle on the famed 12.93-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife track with a time of 7 minutes and 47.79 seconds.
Times are changing, and whether or not we like it, this kind of stuff is the future.
Does it? Kill minimum weight and allow closed wheels and large undertrays; the Delta wing was built on this sort of idea, and it runs midpack LMP2 times for roughly half the energy. not bad for a first iteration design. Plus, if you allow 4 wheel drive, you can recover staggering amounts of energy under braking.amc wrote: Let's say we want the cars to be the same speed as F1, and that (to a large extent) means having the same power output.
At FSAE Michigan this year, 2 electric teams were invited to demo their electric cars, in preparation for the category coming to the event next year. Their AutoX run is the first video I posted above. Their time destroyed almost all the combustion car's times, despite running when the track was least optimal (they were the first to run). It is true that this car was built by one of the top teams but in only the third year of the electric category, they barely weigh more than their combustion counterparts and benefit from better packaging and ridiculous torque. In FSAE, 3.9 seconds is incredibly fast for accel (a 75m straight run from standing start). Delft's electric car ran a 3.44 this year.amc wrote: There is no way an electric car will ever be as fast as a petrol one, that is, until someone fits a hydrogen cell.
amc wrote:At the moment those Formula E cars look very limited on downforce levels
At least I can agree with you on thatamc wrote:The idea of a 'green' series is nonsense - there is no eco-friendly way to cart a racing series around the world - but we do need transferrable electrical vehicle technology. Battery powered aircraft? I don't think so. I think if F1 fans in 40-50 years still have a fast, exciting racing series to watch they will forgive a hum or two instead of a V8 roar. Things will adapt eventually.
I think this is the biggest avenue for making an electric-series happen. Have a car slide in, internal jacks push the car up, and in the time it takes to remove the tires a la Le Mans (I believe only 2 mechanics total working on the car http://paddocktalk.com/news/html/story-137734.html) one can swap out a pack. This will place emphasis on capacity, regenerative efficiency, and efficiency in the drivetrain. You won't even have to hot-swap in Le Mans because the car has to be off in the pits.Websta wrote:Would it be possible to change battery packs during pit stops? That would encourage more pit stops and strategy, and keep the weight of the cars down.
Awesome. Simply amazing stuff. While I do agree the sound of a thumping V8 is great, it's not everything. Seeing 2 talented guys (people) go toe to toe in a kart is great or 10 guys road luging downhill - that's racing - the completive act of beating another person. I for one would pay to see these things race.
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