The video game sounds really ambitious, as most racing games suffer from lag even when trying to keep up with people in the same country. Let alone actual racecars in another country..
As for the vote-to-push-to-pass, I get where they get the idea from, but don’t really agree with it. Websites such as Tumblr promote fandoms, so drivers could find themselves appealing to certain demographics in order to secure more boosts during the race. I’d like to hear a little more about that before I think of that as a good idea.
Let’s speculate on the drivers – development driver is Lucas Di Grassi. I could see people like Ma Qing-Hua driving in this if they still have backing, it’s cheaper than F1 and still has a global reach. WEC has many non-F1 drivers at the moment, but the extra cars are struggling to race at venues other than Le Mans.
For interest’s sake here is a Formula Lightning pitstop, showing ‘fast’ battery changes rather than battery charging or car switching. I believe this was an American University challenge series back in the 90s.
If you look at the side shot you will notice that the nose is not high enough to enter the cockpit in a t-bone crash.
This was the main thing the FIA were worried about when they lowered the noses in F1.
I really like how this car looks, it’s a bit like a crossover of an LMP2 and a GP3 (but maybe that’s just me). I hate the idea of swapping cars during the race though, as it emphasizes the lack of range of an electric vehicle even more than changing the batteries would. I still look forward to this series, I hope the copious amounts of torque and some talented drivers will deliver some great racing!
I love everything about this other than the ‘vote to pass’ idea which seems utterly stupid. If you want to have an overtaking system with a boost function, how about a ‘boost meter’ which fills up every time the chase car is within a certain distance of the back of another car. It could have, say, three stages. 3 seconds boost, 10 seconds boost, and 30 seconds boost, so there’s a driver decision to be made – do you take the short boost and go for an easy pass, or keep trailing and build your boost up and then put in a super lap? You could have a visible boost meter illuminated on the sides of the car.