How Electric Vehicles Are Hitting The Race Track


For the first time, the race veteran, Rod Millen is racing up the 14,100 feet summit of Colorado’s Pikes peak in an electric car. He drove the Toyota EV. According to him, it is easier to pilot an electric car while hitting the race track as you can focus more intensely.

The electric car is much heavier than a gas car. Keep your right foot on the pedal and the left foot on the brake. Thus, you don’t have to bother about the lag in power and torque.

How Electric Vehicles Are Hitting The Race Track
How Electric Vehicles Are Hitting The Race Track

Strict Rules Are Obstructing The Gas Cars In Hitting The Race Track

Advanced technologies supported the vehicles that were only for hitting the tracks. Historically they have been the most powerful cars with an unbelievable speed on any road. But in modern races, to maintain the excitement of close competition, the rules have become strict. These rules are being followed in the circular tracks of South to the circuit of Formulae One in Shanghai. So, the engineers are concentrating on repairing any little loopholes rather than using their innovative powers to bring new models.

Production Cars Are More Efficient In Hitting The Race Track

It is the reason why production cars are more advanced often compared to the racing counterpart. For instance, the traction control system is found in the Ferrari 458 Italia, which is an illegal Ferrari Formula One car. Again, variable valves and overhead cams are present in every showroom model of Toyota, but the Toyota Camry NASCAR racer is not allowed to use it. The Porche racer car lunched till now does not reach the sophistication of 918 Spyder.

Electric Cars Are Taking The Front Seat In The Race

At the Pikes Peak International Climb competition, the rules don’t suppress innovation. It is the fact that fast developments are happening in electric cars. Torque vectoring, power management is much advanced now, even various tests are being conducted every year to improve the speed in the mountains.

Even a few years back, anybody could think of electric vehicles for race. But now, they are a threat to racing cars. There is no restriction other than safety for them.

How Electric Vehicles Are Hitting The Race Track
How Electric Vehicles Are Hitting The Race Track

Toyota’s electric car was the fastest on the high altitude of the mountains in 2012. The twin-motor was the advantage in the mountain peak where the internal combustion cars lose nearly 30 percent of the power in low, dense air.

The MiEV Evolution II cars extrapolated to the top three, not in the electric class only but overall. Greg Tracy, the professional racer said, “the electrical power made me feel more at one with the car.” In a gas car, you need to concentrate on gear shifting and power band always, whereas it is only the linear power. It will make you feel like a roller coaster accelerating. Once you get used to that, you can concentrate fully on the speed.

Another significant advantage of MiEV is its regenerative brake and instant four-wheel torque vector.

But the main disadvantage of electric cars that the racers are still facing is the weight. 

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