Electric Race Cars Shifting Into Gear Discovery News

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Electric Race Cars Into Gear

Electric (EVs) are increasingly finding way into the world’s most and competitive race tracks. advances in technology have yet to fully electric vehicles to compete alongside gas-powered EVs are making strides toward their traditional counterparts.

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Newly released concepts promise to move us at unheard of speeds and in ways our grandparents didn’t even about.

“Nissan has already been out a fully electric road-going the Leaf, and now we’re taking it to the level by doing a full lap at Le said Rick Kulach, for Nissan U.S. Motorsports. “A lap at Le is eight and half miles, so we there has to be a way to make it work.”


Nissan avoids the dreaded hybrid, the ZEOD RC operates on battery and fuel power. ZEOD features regenerative charging,” said Kulach. vehicle is lightweight and efficient, so a number of laps can be run in fuel and then the final lap range be extended under pure power.”

If it all sounds highly experimental, racetracks have historically breeding grounds for new automotive and some of the vehicles that are technically still in development. The holdup in EV racing now is simply the imposed by battery technology. In a race competition, such as racing, a battery collects on turns and when braking.

That energy advantage not exist on an oval-shaped track, the of track used by many such as NASCAR, according to EV John E. Waters.

“When you to an oval course, when you speeds up to 250 miles per hour, it a tremendous amount of force and drain on the minimal energy of batteries as they exist said Waters, who helped a battery pack system for Motors electric car, the EV1 in the and later founded Bright inventors of the 100-miles-per-gallon, plug-in electric commercial vehicle.

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a better battery life, potential way of racing EVs would be to the track itself,” said “A track that would be to a slot car track would to actually charge the battery as going around the track.”

that happens, researchers are at work figuring out ways to use the battery technology to its fullest While that happens, a of manufacturers are putting the best of current EV technology front and in world competitions. Toyota is hybrid model TS030 in the Le Mans competition, but a road followed by engine failure it to withdraw. This year, the model was re-entered, but overshadowed by R18 e-tron Quattro, also a car.

The Audi model won the 2013 Le 24 Hour race.

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