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4 Reasons Why Electric Racing Does Not Suck

May 182022

It’s a brave new world out there. Traditional fans raised on petrol and turbos are just going to have to suck it up; and like it or not, electric racing is here to stay. It’s not just all about saving the planet either. Motorsport is big business - think billions of dollars in Formula 1 - so if the companies involved are all looking at electric for their road products, then you can be sure that the race cars will go the same way. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday, right? Well almost. 

Zero emissions championships, such as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (Formula E), Extreme E (XE), and FIM Enel MotoE World Cup have been emerging since 2014. It’s about attracting a new generation of fans to motorsport too. After all, young fans now don’t have the same stuff to watch and entertain themselves with as kids 30 years ago. E-sports, fanboost and social media voting were not even a thing 10 years ago; but are now everyday language for a modern race fan. So it makes sense that the racing itself sticks with the times. 

Between the insane performance figures, lack of busted oily parts, and formats that lend themselves to creating a better spectacle for fans; here are four reasons electric racing does not suck…
 

   

INSTANT TORQUE

 

Forget what you know about turbo lag and fuel injection, think of the throttle in an electric race car as more of a power button. Want instant action? You’ve got it! Ok, so it’s a little more complex than that - after all; it’s more than just a simple ‘on’ or ‘off’ - but you get the idea. There are no turbos to spool up, or revs to build. Simply that full power can be delivered from a near-standing start. In other peak power in the case of the RX Cartel’s new FC1-X racer is 800 kW (which is just over 1000bhp in old money), or nearly double an ‘old’  rallycross supercar’s power output). All delivered through a three-speed transmission at the rear and single-speed transmission at the front – there’s also a propshaft handbrake, a first for an electric race car, that’ll provide more feel than the typical method of merely cutting motor power to the rear wheels.

YOU’LL WANT ONE

 

While most electric cars to date have been more like an iPad on wheels, we are fairly sure that you’ll want one of the FC1-X machines, that Andreas, Robin, and the rest of the NitroRX drivers will be campaigning this year. Between the power and torque (see above for that one) as well as the huge suspension travel, meaning it can eat up bumps and jumps like nothing before it, the aerodynamic body makes it look mean AF and ready to rip. And while we might be a touch biased here, the black-blue-gold RX Cartel colours get our vote for looking the most Insta-worthy. So come on, tell us that you are really going to turn your nose up at the fastest accelerating and most powerful rallycross car ever built…

FAST RACING

 

With ten rounds across the world and a full selection of former champions - see Andreas Bakkerud and Robin Larsson - at the wheel, you can guarantee that electric racing in 2022; specifically in the Nitro RX championship is going to be on! Monster Energy RX Cartel driver Andreas Bakkerud put it best: “I’ve been raised on petrol and turbos but the new electric era called Group E is here, and it’s time to get onboard with it. These new FC1-X machines are something else. The car has more power, a bigger chassis, longer damper travel and will fly harder and faster over the jumps than anything I’ve raced before. It blew my mind straight out the box, and I think the fans will love it too”

KEEPING THE SPORT ALIVE

 

Greenwashing is a term thrown around alot at the moment. It’s obvious that the main point of running electric is to keep motorsport sustainable. What fewer critics and fans say is that by running electric motorsport, it’s actually keeping the racing alive. Many of the established circuits and venues are coming under increasing pressure for noise and pollution, and without an exciting alternative, eventually the chequered flag would drop for good. Think about it this way, would you rather enjoy another 50+ years of wheel-to-wheel live and in the metal at your favorite circuits around the world, or catch another few more years of petrol powered racing while it’s still viable before it's all stopped forever?

 

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