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What if all Formula 1 cars were required to run off of electricity rather than traditional fuel?

It has been stated that electricity is instantaneous when receiving power, while gas takes time (seconds) to achieve its desired power. If the the designers of formula one cars are trying to make cars faster, why are they not trying to utilize instantaneous power?

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  • Aug 6 2013: Ian, this in happening in Formula Electric starting next year. I wrote a blog on this last week making the same connection - see http://bigsustainabilitydata.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/formula-1-evolution-to-formula-electric/ which has a link to the Formula E website.
  • Aug 9 2013: Hi Ian,

    To my knowledge, electric formula 1 cars would not be as fast as standard fossil fuel powered ones. Electric batteries would increase the weight of the car dramatically making it difficult to corner. Electric batteries would not last for 2 hour race (not even 30 minutes, I believe). When the battery runs out, it requires somewhat like 24 hours to change it back up.

    It is a great concept and I do agree with the idea that formula 1 should be driving innovation in moto engineering.
    I hope electric formula 1 cars will come in the future.
  • Aug 7 2013: Yes, Yes, 100 times yes - got to get away from those fossil fuels.
    Competition drives improvement and we will soon see a better product
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    Aug 7 2013: The major sponsors are Russian, Arabic and Oil Companies. There is no interest in electrical engines. The only electrical you will hear in the next years is the KERS. Next year the F1 engines will change to turbo engines, 1600 cc... That´s the only change to kept in mind...
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    Aug 6 2013: The crashes would be much less explosive. That would hurt the gate receipts and TV rights. Maybe they could invent incendiary batteries.
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    Aug 6 2013: on behalf of the Earplug Manufacturers and Traders Society, i object.
  • Aug 6 2013: it would be very slow and much worse for the environment.
  • Aug 6 2013: Same race different fuel.