• Jun 17, 2012
There seems to be a certain element of sexiness missing from electric car racing. The quiet whir of a field of motors simply lacks the carnal pull of the bark and fury of a chorus of internal combustion mills thrashing their way to the podium.

And then there's design. Slaves to efficiency, electric racers typically adopt aesthetics borrowed from more from the suppository market than the race track. But the FIA's upcoming Formula E may change all that. Take the Bluebird GTL Formula E race car concept as evidence. The design looks to be heavily influenced by the latest crop of closed-cockpit Le Mans prototype racers as well as Formula One design. There may be a little Dark Knight thrown in there as well.

Details are scarce on the vehicle's drivetrain at the moment. Team Bluebird says right now, the car is mostly just a design concept penned to demonstrate the significant aerodynamic work being performed, and may be more opportunities for sponsorship in the fledgling Formula E.


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      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope this helps speed up developement and advancements in electric cars that can be used to make better electric car production models .
      MustangMatt429
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Batmobile
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs TRON-like lights along the body's lines and the races ought to be held at night. I guarantee people will embrace this electric racing series if this is done.
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      Electric F1 car? What's next, an electric Harley-Davidson? These goofy, environmental, liberals with their white middle class guilt are ruining the world. It's not enough that they're getting rid of a proper light-bulb, and make make us buy Phillips ones for $50. Probably same cretins who advocate affirmative action. Yes, I went on a tangent, let the Daily Show and Huffington Post fans commence and vote me down!.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RGT881
        Lightbulbs? What kind of sissy liberal nanny-state do you live in? I still butcher my own whales and boil the blubber for lamp oil.
      Val
      • 2 Years Ago
      I watched some of the 24 hours of LeMans yesterday... and then some of the motoGP today... And I am again amazed at WHY and HOW people watch those on TV and are able to hear the engine noise. It is barely audible on the TV, much lower than the commentator's voice, the only time when one can hear engines is when there is footage form a camera on the vehicles/bikes. And then it is anything but magnificent, as the microphones can never capture the full sound, and speakers can never reproduce it, and the decibel level is many times lower than what the drivers are hearing. Or the audience on the track. Loud noise is just one of the reasons why combustion engines are so inefficient. And then the article says that electric race cars (which ones?!?!) are Slaves to efficiency, with aesthetics borrowed from more from the suppository market than the race track... WTF? What are the aesthetics of the LMP cars then? Why do the new audis suddenly have this fin on the back that wasn't there last year?
        JDam4131
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Val
        it was there last year, started in f1 cars, and I'm guessing it helps divert cleaner air to the rear wing for more efficiency. But I've also heard someone say alms did it was to prevent cars from flipping end over end...maybe its both?
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Val
        Golf. The new sport for you.
      Robb63
      • 2 Years Ago
      The article is actually mislabeled. It's not an F1 car, its a look at a Formula-E car. Proposed by the FIA. I competitively raced electric 1/10 scale RC cars in youth, and let me tell you those things can fly. This is just the thing electric cars need to reverse the damage that cars like the Prius have done to their image.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope this helps speed up developement and advancements in electric cars that can be used to make better electric car production models .
      rocketmoose
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait, this produces as much downforce as a current-spec F1 racer?
        Anon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rocketmoose
        This looks like there are no downforce generating elements at all.
          HollywoodF1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anon
          From the three-quarter view, i.e. side and rear, you can see what appear to be wings on the front and back of the car. Also, the wheel cowlings are shaped for downforce.
      Michael Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the design team where all Batman fans. Where is Robin going to sit?
      Kevin Potts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope this isn't the official paint scheme for this car, otherwise it's going be another DeltaWing incident.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Morgan engineers are all saying 'told you so!'
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