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100 Years Ago, Cadillac Brought Us the Electric Starter – IndyCar Should Think About It

The world hates change, but it is the only thing that has brought progress. — Charles Kettering

Throughout the annals of automobile history, inventions, too many to name, have improved the car and its driving experience. 100 years ago, Cadillac was honored internationally with an award for offering the first electric ignition and starter. Yet, in today s modern world of IndyCar, the cars don t have an ignition starter.

To be accurate, a patent for the electric starter first appeared in 1899 but the first invention that was actually workable, emerged from Charles Kettering at Dayton Engineering (Delco) in 1911. Charles Kettering was a great inventor and innovator of his time and would eventually manage General Motors research department.

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The electric ignition and starter system was integrated into the 1912 Cadillac as standard equipment and it forever changed the automobile landscape, because in-part one of the biggest drawbacks to owning an automobile in the early 1900s was the crank starter. They were dangerous and made a car hard to start and something women stayed away from. So with the advent of the electric starter ignition, anyone including the elderly and women could now operate a motor vehicle.

The Royal Automobile Club awarded its Dewar Trophy to Cadillac in 1913, in recognition of the introduction of the electric self-starter and electric lighting. Interestingly enough, these first starters were also generators, which is something being incorporated into modern day hybrids.

Which brings us back to IndyCar and the fact they don t have starters. So you have to ask yourself, why? Have you seen some of these IndyCar races this year? They can be pathetic.

Several cars get into a mangled mess with several of them stopping and they stall, losing power. The driver has to wait for a track safety worker to hook up the remote starters before they can re-fire and drive off.

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Arguments against having starters usually are that they are an extra weight factor; plus, well, that s the way they ve always been. Some also throw in the fact that the cars aren t easy to start with an electric starter because of too much compression. Baloney!

It s not complicated

When we had a dragster a few years ago, our car had installed in it a small starter with small motorcycle batteries that easily cranked over an 800 horsepower engine. Believe me when I say we were always concerned with weight — but it wasn t an issue. Also, NASCAR has starters on their engines — why not IndyCar?

To be fair, the racing in IndyCar looks good this year but some major clogs, coupled with the inability of the drivers to re-fire their cars, have made for unneeded and unwanted delays.

It s been 100 years since the automobile has had its first electric starter and I m sure the genius at IndyCar can come up with a modern version that will work safely and easily.

Where s a Charles Kettering when you need one?

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