F1 » F1 wannabe set to spark new 'green' series

Alejandro Agag, once linked to Super Aguri, Honda and Campos, has been appointed as the head of the FIA's new electric racing series.

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Tommo - Unregistered

August 29, 2012 12:59 AM

To me F1 is about the noise of a crackling v8-v10 (v6 turbo) the smell of race fumes/fuel/exhaust. For those new to coming in to F1 they like it or dont. Formula E would be the false economy tree hugging alternative.

Like someone here mentioned the tech that goes in to the batteries are quite noxious. Sure power can be produced by non fossil fuel means but that charge needs to be stored somwhere...enter battery banks.

The battery content these days could rival fuel explosions but worse, without any physical warninig. No doubt tech would be developed to monitor these cells but putting out an electrical fire is different to a fuel fire.

I am all for it but please dont lean on its green benefits because if there are any, its very marginal at best.

Mark _

August 29, 2012 5:32 AM

Before the Indycar race in Sonoma last weekend there was a demo run of an electric formula car. It was very fast but the lack of sound really made it less of a spectacle. I suppose that for TV it is not as much of a negative but there is nothing like hearing an internal combustion race motor in person.

Shakey - Unregistered

August 29, 2012 9:41 AM

Dear god, how many close-minded dinosaurs do we have here?

We're not discussing racing milk floats here. Electric power can be used to build decent racing machines, just look at the Tesla and the SLS E-Cell (and R8 E-tron at a stretch).

F1 is about the noise and the smell? Really, I thought it was about the perfect fusion of mechanical engineering and human ability, the thrill of speed and competition.

If you want noise and petrol fumes save yourself come cash and go to your local bus maintenance depot - all the noise and fumes you can get!

And yes, we all know that the concept of batteries makes the entire "green" angle moot and a PR stunt, but think about the money that goes into professional motor sport - with a tangible and viable development testbed we could have mass-producable Hydrogen fuel cells in a couple of years.

Hell, one step at a time, a big green racing initiative could spark a rework of the internal combustion engine - burn Hydrogen generated by splitting water

Shakey - Unregistered

August 29, 2012 9:43 AM

molecules from an internal fuel tank. Properly zero-emission system whos waste product is actually its fuel.

Not as difficult as you'd think - anybody see the Scrapheap Challenge episode where they built a cutting torch powered by Hydrogen split from water in a jam jar?

19Krpm - Unregistered

August 31, 2012 4:02 AM

Nothing compares to the racing sounds of V8 internal combustion engines. The electric motors might have max torque at zero-rpm, no question, and that is exactly the problem: all-electric will be all too predictable and programmable and quiet and not exciting. Problem is the FIA is late to understand that all-electric is not the environmental answer: it will contribute to pollute the planet even more than anyone wants to admit!

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