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14th September 2014, 21:08 at 9:08 pm #274708
I was thinking over the battery/range/power issue over the weekend. Obviously these cars are quite heavy because of the battery pack.
What I would quite like to see is Tesla to become involved, their top battery/motor combo produces 310kw and gives 265miles which equates to 424km of range at average driving conditions, so obviously going flatout will reduce range considerably.
However, considering the entire race length of the China ePrix was only 54km, 3.44km*25laps, at most economical driving conditions the Model S could complete 123 laps of the circut, which is nearly 10times as many laps as the Formula E cars could manage, honestly going not that much slower, so even at full race chat based on China we could see the FE cars complete the whole race on a Tesla battery system.
Now to my actual point, given that the Tesla battery system is by far and away the longest range system avaliable, once they have their Gigafactory up and running, could we see them in a partnership with Renault and Formula E to provide batteries to complement the Renault motor and see either the cars completing the whole race as I said above, or continuing to use two cars but going a hell of a lot faster in each car?
Obviously the battery pack would have to be smaller to fit into the smaller FE cars, but considering the lower weight and everything, they would still give a significant range boost.24th August 2014, 7:50 at 7:50 am #271715
@sircoolbeans Congrats on your success, just had a look on the app store and Motor Sport manager is number 34!6th June 2014, 11:19 at 11:19 am #262418
I was at Melbourne, and yes, the sound is much quieter than previous years. However I honestly prefer it, theres no need for earplugs because they aren’t at deafening screaming levels and even more better because the engines are quieter you can hear the tyres and in my opinion actually get more enjoyment because its not all overrun by the engines, you can hear everything else as well. And yes, you can hear the announcers, obviously not when cars are right at your point on the track, but unlike previous years
Also, I prefer the engine note this year as it sounds more like a proper engine, you can hear the revs change as they are accelerating and breaking. Last year it was just an increase in the pitch of the scream.
Obviously others will disagree but overall I think they sound better, especially live.6th May 2014, 22:10 at 10:10 pm #259031
No, just $73.37 in total, the other two numbers were just for showing how the total was calculated28th April 2014, 5:56 at 5:56 am #258345
Yes, was a shame to see Scott loose all that time in the pits, but he had a much shorter first stop so thats how frosty got ahead. Still a good effort for Volvo’s first season though.11th April 2014, 20:34 at 8:34 pm #256729
The motor, gearbox and battery pack rule is the same as the 5 powerunit rule for F1, just tougher, it means they can’t replace the motor/gearbox/batteries at any point in the season without getting penalised.
I suspect the reason for no formation lap is unlike other categories the engine doesn’t need to be heated before it can be run hard, an electic motor can run at full power as soon as its switched on.11th April 2014, 9:58 at 9:58 am #256636
@keithcollantine Sky NZ with the sports package is $NZ73.37/month with no joining/installation fee
$46.92 for basic (Over 50 basic channels) with the sports pack being $26.45 per month
12 month minimum basic contract, optional packs can be dropped with 1 months notice as far as i’m aware6th April 2014, 5:29 at 5:29 am #255636
I don’t think we will see reliability issues feature in F1 2014, as many people, (myself included) would find it incredibly frustrating. The only way it could work is as an optional feature and I doubt Codemasters will waste time building a code system for reliability that only a handful of people will use, when they could spend that time on things like handling/track behaviour etc… that everyone will benefit from31st March 2014, 8:16 at 8:16 am #254846
The minimum seat+driver is similar to what indycar does, they allow for weight to be added to the back of the seat or surrounding area, hence the same weight is in the same area and doesn’t provide an advantage in ballasting.27th March 2014, 2:18 at 2:18 am #253992
1. What country are you in (and state, if applicable)
2. Which channels broadcast F1 near you?
3. Do they show all the races live or only a limited number (if so, how many?)
Yes, ironically enough using the BBC commentary not Sky!, also coverage only starts when cars are on the grid, but before the parade lap
4. Do they also show qualifying live?
5. Do they also show practice sessions live?
6. If they are a subscription channel, what does a full year’s subscription cost (excluding limited time offers)?
Yes, they are a subscription channel, think its about $1000-1200/year, but not 100% sure as I can’t remember all the different package prices
7. Do they broadcast coverage online? If so please post link/s
Yes, but you have to have a Sky NZ account
8. Please supply any other relevant information such as alternative viewing options
They also have a mobile app, but as above you need a Sky NZ account to access it, also AD free21st March 2014, 8:20 at 8:20 am #253344
I think thats a fair reason for double points, they are all significantly longer than the rest of the races and thus prestige positions.
On the double points theme, not sure if its been advertised but at the Australian Grand Prix, the V8 Supercars did double points for the final race (4 race minicompetion, not championship points) and Shane VanGisbergen who had won all the other three races ended up 5th in the championship because he dropped down the field to about 12th from memory.
That shows what a farce double points can be, obviously it won’t be quite as bad as this in F1 because there’s 18 other races not 3 but still.
Got slightly off topic but still, I think the Indy Car idea is a fair one.29th December 2013, 23:23 at 11:23 pm #247692
Heres hoping he’ll pull through, thankfully he was wearing a ski helmet, from the reports of his current condition, that most likely saved his life.14th December 2013, 10:48 at 10:48 am #247186
@prisoner-monkeys would the numbers not just be a single pool, irrespective of category, certainly since GP3-GP2-F1 is the established path and support series. If it was me, I would make all three categories choose from a single pool, to ensure numbers stayed the same through their whole career.14th December 2013, 4:40 at 4:40 am #247180
@prisoner-monkeys I would imagine they are waiting to see how it pans out this year (2014), and then maybe introduce it in 2015 to the lower divisions. However, then you have the problem of, do the test-drivers get to pick their numbers first, even if they aren’t in the official tier system? i.e Renault 3.5, DTM, etc…
If they did, I would imagine they would have to increase the numbers to allow for the tripling or more of the driver pool, i.e up to say 150 or so. Then they would have to allow F1 drivers to change their number if they had a preferred number in that increased range to their current one. Then F1 test drivers, then GP2 in championship order inc test drivers, then GP3 in championship order and finally GP3 test drivers.
Obviously, some would be above their championship position if they are a test driver. BUT being a test driver means you are closer to F1 thus should have better number selection position. This would also then be the template for new drivers, F1-GP2-GP3.12th December 2013, 11:51 at 11:51 am #247086
I really like the idea of not limiting engine type/size but fuel usage. It would make for a much more exciting development. Do you go for the more powerful but fuel hungry V10 with a big KERS engine to reduce fuel consumption on the straights but carry more weight. Or go for the smaller less powerful but lighter and more fuel conservative V6 turbo?
So many different options and it would encourage engine development and take some focus off the aerodynamics.