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Electric cars have a bad reputation as ugly, expensive, slow cars with limited range. Cars like the Tesla Model S have gone a long way towards reversing public opinion, but what if there was a Formula 1 for electric cars? Come this September, there will be: it's called Formula E, and we've just seen the series' very first race car here at CES. It's called the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, and it has been made in conjunction with legendary motorsport companies like McLaren, Williams, and Dallara.

There's nothing slow about this electric car: it maxes out at roughly 140mph and accelerates from 0 - 62mph in just 3 seconds. But unlike its motorsport cousins powered by combustion engines, it sounds nothing like a race car. Former F1 driver Lucas di Grassi piloted the Spark-Renault around a small Las Vegas parking lot, and as he burned out and punched the accelerator the engine emitted a high-pitch buzzing sound. In truth, it sounds like a souped-up RC car, and compared to the deafening notes produced by traditional race cars, it's downright underwhelming. Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, told The Verge that they're not considering adding artificial sounds to the vehicles during races

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The batter only lasts 20 minutes, and it's not even interchangeable? So when the batter is low, they have to change the entire car. What the hell kind of terrible design is that?

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a new trick: fans who vote online during races will be able to directly speed up cars as well.

 

Although I'm still all for that old-fashioned vroom-vroom, it all looked pretty good until this turd of an idea.

I wonder, will they also add power-ups next season then...

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The batter only lasts 20 minutes, and it's not even interchangeable? So when the batter is low, they have to change the entire car. What the hell kind of terrible design is that?

 

I assume it's because it's a big ass battery pack that can't just be swapped in and out.

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This is the kind of thing the "Formula" cars need to be once again a driving force in technological innovation. Electric cars are the future and it's important that racing cars represent and carry this trend onward.

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This is the kind of thing the "Formula" cars need to be once again a driving force in technological innovation. Electric cars are the future and it's important that racing cars represent and carry this trend onward.

Whilst we need a replacedment fuel and this will do wonders for all electric cars, things like the Le Mans Series have really adopted Hybrid in some cars which will benefit as well as Formula 1 really starting to have a greater focus on Kenetic Energy Recovery which will benefit electric only cars to an extent.

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