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Old 06-27-2016, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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To bring this down to the local level.........A electric powered oval track racing series would be a great way of shutting up the protesters who cry about how "wasteful " racing is.


Imagine a Saturday night at the local oval track...with no engine noise, no smell of exhaust, and no fuel being burned......I wonder how the fans would react to that ?


From the technical point of view, an electric motor is a great idea. It produces maximum rpm as soon as you hit the go pedal. It can be geared ( through a transmission ) to be more powerful than a fuel engine of the same weight. Given the new battery technology, and on board energy recovery system, the batteries are much smaller than in previous years.


I recently saw a on track demo of a go kart powered by a small electric motor. With a driver who weighed 170 pounds, it was able to get up to 140 mph. The motor was a electric chain saw motor, with no modifications. It did have a two speed transmission.


Jim B.
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Old 06-27-2016, 01:36 PM
 
Location: 59N
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To bring this down to the local level.........A electric powered oval track racing series would be a great way of shutting up the protesters who cry about how "wasteful " racing is.


Imagine a Saturday night at the local oval track...with no engine noise, no smell of exhaust, and no fuel being burned......I wonder how the fans would react to that ?


From the technical point of view, an electric motor is a great idea. It produces maximum rpm as soon as you hit the go pedal. It can be geared ( through a transmission ) to be more powerful than a fuel engine of the same weight. Given the new battery technology, and on board energy recovery system, the batteries are much smaller than in previous years.


I recently saw a on track demo of a go kart powered by a small electric motor. With a driver who weighed 170 pounds, it was able to get up to 140 mph. The motor was a electric chain saw motor, with no modifications. It did have a two speed transmission.


Jim B.
I guess you have not seen Formula E? The top speed is only 225 km/h / 140 mph and the drivers have to change cars after 25 minutes. The cars weigh 898 kg / 1.980 lbs. That is a lot for a single-seater. A LMP1 car is actually lighter.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XMVJ3fjOGg
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Old 06-28-2016, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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I live in Canada, where formula style racing is relatively unknown. On the other hand there are hundreds if not thousands of local amateur racers who compete with cars that are modified by them, not hand built in a special shop. That is the target market I was taking about.


Jim b.
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:11 PM
 
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I guess you have not seen Formula E? The top speed is only 225 km/h / 140 mph and the drivers have to change cars after 25 minutes. The cars weigh 898 kg / 1.980 lbs. That is a lot for a single-seater. A LMP1 car is actually lighter.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XMVJ3fjOGg
formula E does interest me, and it will be good for production electric cars overall.
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:06 PM
 
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I just made a remotely similar thread on the "Green Living" forum.
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Imagine a Saturday night at the local oval track...with no engine noise, no smell of exhaust, and no fuel being burned......I wonder how the fans would react to that ?
Count me out! Racing is all about power, sound, and the smell of the action.

Cup lost this 40 year fan (and many others) due to their bastardizing of the product. I'd really be bummed if they ruined my Whelen Modified series cars.
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