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FIA Adds Rome To Formula E 2014 Inaugural Season 91

New submitter muon-catalyzed writes "Formula E — the new eco-friendly forumula racing just secured a major european city. Rome joins a growing eco-racing scene after Rio de Janeiro agreed to be part of it in August. Additional cities are expected in the coming weeks, this should quickly lead to a solidified race itinerary, the FIA says. Having Rome onside won't get cars to the starting line any sooner, but it may underscore Formula E's advantages in noise and pollution over gas-powered leagues — when its cars can race around the Colosseum without creating a ruckus, other cities (and spectators) might just follow suit."
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FIA Adds Rome To Formula E 2014 Inaugural Season

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  • Extreme racing (Score:2, Interesting)

    by JanneM ( 7445 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @09:19AM (#42167875) Homepage

    Racing at the very top is supposed to be about the most uncompromising cars possible. As Formula 1 doesn't allow all-electric vehicles it feels like a natural progression to have a separate league for the topmost machines in the world.

  • by gl4ss ( 559668 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @09:20AM (#42167879) Homepage Journal

    if they don't go 200mph, it's not really a contender.

    wouldn't be so sure about the creating a ruckus part either. however, formula 1 is so rule suppressed that the tech isn't that interesting nowadays, if they have wider variety in E it might be interesting. but going 200mph is going to create a ruckus, electric or not.

    and swapping the whole car at the pits? wtf dudes, just regulate the juice pack. easiest thing to regulate, everybody gets the same packs and that's the only fuel, after that it's a free for all. now THAT I would watch.

  • Re:Extreme racing (Score:5, Interesting)

    by b_dover ( 773956 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @09:30AM (#42167931)
    If this were true, F1 cars would be alot faster and more powerful (remember the turbo era of the 1980s?). F1 is about using the most advanced engineering and technology to meet the limitations of the "Formula". the "1" is just that its the formula that allows for the fastest cars, but its still limiting by its nature. The details of that formula is not important, so F1 could go electric. Having said that, the long history of F1, its connection with the evolution of IC engines and people not liking their sports screwed with, I suspect Formula E will separate.
  • by somersault ( 912633 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @09:57AM (#42168115) Homepage Journal

    You don't have to be going at 200mph for a race to be interesting. As long as everyone has a similar specced vehicle, it's the way drivers handle braking, acceleration, lines through the corners and overtaking that makes a race interesting.

    I really enjoy watching Touring Cars and rallies, but don't find F1 as entertaining. Touring cars tends to have packs of cars jostling for position and not so afraid to get up close and personal with each other. Rallying is of course just spectacular with all the drifting and varying terrain. I think it takes even more skill than being a good F1 driver. DTM is fun to watch too, it's like a mix between Touring Cars and F1.

  • Less noise? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by cayenne8 ( 626475 ) on Monday December 03, 2012 @11:12AM (#42168883) Homepage Journal
    Geez...half the fun of seeing a race, or driving a race car or a motorcycle is the freakin' noise it makes.

    A well tuned sports car engine is a thing of beauty...hell, even the sound of an old 70's muscle car can bring a feeling of lust into your chest.

    And I gotta say, the day they turn motorcycles the day a lot of people may give them up.

    The roar and rumble of the engine between your legs is part of that feeling of freedom when you hit the open road.

    I don't think an electric engine, with a mp3 player and an external speaker system will generate that same type of emotional may perform in a superior manner, but it just want "feel" the same....

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