Just_a_fan wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:07 pm
DChemTech wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:39 am
Racing is still fun, there's a reason I follow F1. But it's mainly entertainment and should confine to that narrow niche.
The reasons against hypercars, even electric ones, apply to F1 too.
I could buy an electric hypercar and drive it like an old man and it would be no worse than a boring EV. F1 is entirely indefensible.
Be careful espousing the "I see no need for EV hyper cars" because the same argument can be used about F1.
If that happens, that happens.
For me, road driving and circuit driving are different worlds. I have no problem with a limited number of professional athletes driving excessively powerful cars for the entertainment of many (I do think they are overcompensated at that, but that's another matter). I do also not have a problem with people renting a more modestly overpowered car on a circuit for personal entertainment every now and then. The emissions of this whole affair pale in comparison to the collective emissions of casual road traffic, and are defensible, in my opinion, under the pretense that people need some entertainment every now and then. I do think that the price of environmental impact should be included in the price of the equipment, but no issue with it being used.
Commodity car use, on the other hand, should focus on efficiency and fit for use if we want to have some chance of addressing environmental challenges - not on achieving ridiculous speeds or acceleration rates. And sure, some cars will be a bit over-designed always; as long as the environmental impact is in the price of the car/fuel, fine. But hypercars are ridiculous in a whole different dimension and help cementing the mindset that more extreme is better - leading to 'regular' cars being overdesigned as well; after all, powerful cars bring status, so who wants a boring 'fit for purpose' one? We need to counter the mindset that more powerful cars are better cars, and for that, the mindset in design needs to shift away from a race for the fastest. If we can separate regular use and entertainment, we may be able to keep fast cars around for entertainment in limited settings. If we cannot do that, well, then F1 indeed will need to go, and sacrificing F1 is the desired option over sacrificing habitability of the planet for me.