One hundred and twenty-four miles per hour inside an open Formula E race car looks like fun, according to this GoPro video on the helmet visor of Audi Sport ABT driver, Lucas di Grassi. This particular race car is capable of 0-60 in less than three seconds, thanks to the instantaneous torque provided by its electric motor and high performance battery.
Electric cars have been a bit of a hard sell to some people. However, Formula E seems to be a forward movement that many fans are willing to at least give a chance. The reward is cars that will need a different strategy to be successful, which is one reason why di Grassi could be just the man to help guide these silent giants to national popularity.
Di Grassi has had a promising career, filled with many highs and lows. It is unfortunate that many of the lows are what fans remember most, including spinning out of control at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix. Today’s video shows him in a new era working under an entirely different set of rules.
Formula E will allow for more possibilities of overtaking, thanks to the “push to pass” rule. The key to winning will be keeping an eye on the cars behind you, while also maintaining the power in your battery. Another difference to Formula fans, as demonstrated by this video, will be the silent turbulence of air, as opposed to the scream of a high-winding gas engine.
The wind noise in this video will not be a part of the sport from the stadium point of view. In fact, hosting tracks are considering using music to enhance the entire racing experience, in much the same way that an organ rouses the audience in a baseball game.
Prepare to position yourself behind the visor of Lucas di Grassi for the first time in history, as he rampages one lap on a track in a lot less time than you might expect from a fully electric race car.