Glen Hill
1 minute read
17 Sep 2014
12:00 pm

Formula E could answer ecodebate

Glen Hill

Formula E, the fully electric open-seater racing series, should be of interest for more than just racing.

It is an opportunity to measure the rate of development of electric car technology. At present, for example, drivers have two cars that they switch to make race distance. It will be interesting to mark, for instance, when this rule will change, as it is unlikely organisers find the situation ideal.

It allows for too many first-half mistakes to go unpunished when the driver gets a brand-new car.

But if, say, only the batteries could be hot-swopped to make distance that would make pit stops more interesting and presumably refine the process to be adopted by car makers worldwide.

Motorsport has long claimed to make major contributions to everyday motoring through its technological innovations, but many argue it is merely an early adopter, given the amount of money involved. More than ever, motorsport has to justify its existence as it has come under pressure from lobby groups claiming the resources are wasted. In the old
days, the sport could simply say, “our resources and we’ll use them as we please”, but that is no longer acceptable.

Formula E will give us the opportunity to see to what extent motorsport really innovates when it comes to technology.