PHOTO CAPTION: Spark-Renault Formula E racer debuts at 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Electric Racing Technology About to Show Its Stuff

The advantages of electric cars will be demonstrated on city streets starting in 2014.

Published: 20-Sep-2013

Formula One race cars will take to the track this week in Singapore, where they'll reach blistering speeds above 200 mph, some of them with the aid of electric drive technology.

Prominent racing teams, including Marussia and Williams, are racing this year with kinetic energy recovery systems, or KERS, which are designed to recuperate a vehicle's braking energy and use it during acceleration. Other top teams, including McLaren, Ferrari and Renault, have used KERS technology in various races since the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) legalized it in 2009.

"The advantage of the electric vehicle [EV] platform is it collects that wasted kinetic energy on a turn. I can convert that into electrons, and I can put that right back into my battery for it to be used by the electric motor later. It's like I'm cheating physics a little bit," said John Waters, an energy consultant and EV pioneer who helped develop General Motors Co.'s first electric car, the EV1, in the 1990s.


Lord Drayson with Lola-Drayson Formula E racer.

Former UK Science Minister and now race car builder Lord Drayson, has suggested the Olympic Park could be a venue for the upcoming Formula E series.

Prototype Formula E racer: 10 teams will be provided with 4 cars each.

Spark Racing Technology, in collaboration with McLaren will build the cars for racing series to commence in 2014.

Formula E racer developed by Renault-Spark.

Hong Kong will be third leg of 10-race series for all-electric Formula E race cars.


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