There’s no way to go at it any differently, this new electric propulsion system will get a chunk of the heart of the population when it races them. If you think about it, racing has always played an essential role in the automotive world that sees new technology first tested on the racetrack before making it into our daily drivers.
Fast, Speed, Range? The problem with racing electric cars is that none of the current races fit what these new cars can do. We cannot see just yet an electric Formula One car race duking it out for hours with the current state of technology that would limit such duels to a few lapses with long recharge time out. Of course there are different races we must create, the hardest part if winning the people over to it.
Getting People To Try Something New. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll know how far you’ll go for your favorite team. Racing is no different, but what needs to happen with racing electric vehicles is that people don’t expect a rematch of what the gasoline world does right now. In essence, people need to be intrigued about racing an electric car in ways that doesn’t remind them of what they’re used to, so they don’t ask for it either.
Endurance racing cannot happen at this stage since current electric cars don’t have the range and endurance, at least for the next few years. If funds were found to laden entire racetracks with wireless inductive chargers, electric car race would become a more palpable and feasible event. In the meantime, smaller Formula types of races should happen, although hill climbs and other rally race sanction event should allow electric cars. After all, distance is never a problem on these racetracks.
Racing a standard one-seater or two for prototypes is a tricky proposition for ether types in this new world. Racing will accredit electric cars in the eyes of the world when they finally see the incredible torque delivery an electric motor has.