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Is The Fiat 500e Sexy?

By   November 25, 2014

Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e

So, I took my Dodge Challenger in to get a routine oil change only to find out my water pump needed to be replacing. I don’t know the reason but I am so thankful for warranties.

I had no other transportation so the dealership (yes, I took my car to the dealership for the oil change as they are free for the first year) let me borrow a Fiat 500e. I’ve always wanted to try a Fiat (they are cute and cool!) but never had the chance. The car is literally half the size of my Challenger which was amusing and a little scary.

Fiat 500e Rear End

The details of the car were nice: leather seats, leather steering wheel, heated seats, bluetooth, etc. The car is a bit like a tin-can; small and not much between yourself and the vehicle next to you. Driving by trucks and other larger sedans was extremely intimidating and I prayed they saw me before changing lanes.

The dealership gave me the car with only 33 miles left till it needed to be charged. I had to make a quick stop to get toilet paper (yes, I have a luxurious life!) and I realized that I didn’t have much space to put it. The Fiat website claims that the car can drive 122 in the city and 108 highway on a single charge. For an in town commuter car would work great (as long as you don’t have drive more than about 50 miles each way). However, if you want power and storage this just isn’t it.

It sounds space age when driving it. The electric motor just makes a slight whirling notice and since it is a one speed transmission you loose the sense of speed that you get from changing gears. While fast enough for traffic it isn’t quite as quick as a performance car (as is to be expected from this type of car).

It is impractical for a family and doesn’t give you the feeling of having a lot of power. However, strangely I find myself wanting one. Not as my primary car, but as a second run around town car. There are certainly better cars out there and yet this electric machine stole my heart (or at least a small part of it).

Formula E Spark-Renault SRT_01E Has Successful Debut

By   November 22, 2013

Formula E Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Formula E Spark-Renault SRT_01E

Most agree that fully electric cars are likely the future of the automobile (that is if cars like the Tesla Model S stop catching on fire). One of the most important things that auto manufactures engage in is auto racing. Racing is where many technologies are conceived and tested.

So, if we are all going to be driving all-electric cars in the near future then an all-electric racing series makes sense. That is the idea behind Formula E. The series will feature all-electric powered cars going against each other in what will be the quietest racing series ever run.

Recently, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E made a successful testing debut as the car is fine tuned to get ready for the racing series. Of course the problem with all-electric cars is how long they take to charge. To face this challenge each racing team will have multiple cars and at a “re-fueling” pit stop drivers will actually change cars.

Formula E should be interesting to watch, but do you think it will be successful long term? Let us know in the comments.

Press Release

Formula E’s new fully-electric race car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, completed is successful test debut recently at the La Ferté Gaucher circuit near Choisy-le-Roi, France.

Unveiled earlier this year (September) at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new single-seater was driven by Lucas di Grassi who will be undertaking the early test and development work. The zero emission car completed around 40 laps over two days with the initial task of checking all systems were functioning correctly. For the test, the car was fitted with a 50kw battery which is a quarter of the maximum 200kw power (270bhp equivalent) the final car will produce.

“It is a great feeling to be driving the Formula E car for the first time,” said Di Grassi. “I can assure all the drivers will have a lot of fun with this car – even with just a quarter of the power it has quite a lot of grip and the electric motor produces huge torque.”

The SRT_01E has been designed and built by French based Spark Racing Technology together with a consortium of the leading manufacturers in motorsport, and will compete in the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first global electric race series beginning in September 2014. The chassis has been constructed by Dallara, with McLaren Electronics Systems providing the electric motor, gearbox and electronics, Williams Advanced Engineering the batteries, Renault the overall systems integration and Michelin the tyres.

Frédéric Vasseur, President of Spark Racing Technology, said: “Everything went very well and it was a very positive maiden run for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. The car ran for around 40 laps with no issues straight out of the box, which looks good for the overall reliability. We were also running with a much smaller battery than we will use – just 25% of the full power – which again gives us confidence going forward. The next test is planned for the coming weeks where we want to increase the mileage on the car, working our way up to a full race simulation.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoters Formula E Holdings, added: “The first test was a historic moment for the championship and we’re delighted with how it has gone. We think teams, drivers and fans will love the way it looks and sounds. Now Frédéric and his team, together with Lucas, will begin to put mileage on the car, focusing on durability. It’s a very exciting development and we can’t wait for that first race in Beijing in September 2014 to see all 20 cars lined-up on the grid.”

Formula E: The Future Of Racing Will Get Covered On FOX Sports

By   August 9, 2013

Formula E Will Be Covered By FOX Sports

Formula E Will Be Covered By FOX Sports

FOX Sports has made a multi-year deal with the new Formula E racing series. The series is the first racing series to feature all electric cars racing. It was created to promote the improvement of technology of electric vehicles.

The hope is that through racing development that future all-electronic cars will be able to perform better and charge faster. This is a good thing for us that like performance cars as it looks like all-electric cars are likely the future of the automobile.

Of course this is the infancy of the new series, so the technology is still very new. In fact because of the amount of time it takes to recharge the electric racing cars batteries pit stops will involve changing cars. The races should be worth watching just to see that happen. The open wheeled racing series will also be the quietest racing series ever.

The deal with FOX is a multimedia deal and will involve various networks including the new FOX Sports 1 (formerly SPEED).

Let us know in the comments if you will watch Formula E and what you think of racing with almost no sound.

Press Release

FOX Sports, one of the largest global sports networks, has signed a multi-year, international multi-media deal with the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric car racing series beginning in September 2014.

Formula E (www.fiaformulae.com) is a new FIA Championship featuring open-wheel cars powered exclusively by electricity and racing in the heart of 10 of the world’s leading cities, including two in the US with Los Angeles and Miami. Designed to promote interest and investment in electric vehicles and sustainable motoring, 10 teams each with two drivers will compete in one hour races using Formula cars capable of reaching speeds of more than 220kph with zero emissions.

“This series makes racing very relevant well into the future,” said Carlos Martinez, President Latin America for FOX International Channels, who helped broker the deal. “With a global approach to acquiring knowledge and fast-tracking technology through the world of international racing competition, the FIA Formula E Championship is much more than just another weekend at the track…it makes racing an integral part of solving one of the world’s most daunting challenges and we are thrilled to be a part of that process.”

As well as full US broadcast exclusivity across the FOX family of networks, including FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network set to launch on August 17th, FOX Sports also has exclusive and non-exclusive rights in more than 80 territories including Canada, Latin America/Caribbean, Netherlands, Italy, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, key Asian territories and other areas of Asia, India and Africa.

The deal, across all territories, includes exclusive and non-exclusive on-line and mobile transmission rights.

“We are very proud to announce this major agreement between FOX and the FIA Formula E Championship and to be partnering a truly global organization that fully believes in the future of racing,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoter Formula E Holdings. “This global broadcasting deal will bring our Championship to nearly 90 countries and a potential 180 million households worldwide, giving our partners, our teams, and our team’s partners a platform to visualize the association to the values of this competition. We are particularly happy to join FOX at the time when FOX Sports 1 is being launched. America is a key market for electric cars and to show our races live in the US will be central to promoting this type of mobility.”

As well as two races in the US, last month saw leading IndyCar outfit Andretti Autosport become the first US team to join Formula E. Six of the 10 teams have now been signed for the inaugural season, three of which have already been announced with Andretti Autosport, China Racing and British-based Drayson Racing.

FOX Sports internationally is largely operated by FOX International Channels, 21st Century FOX’s international multi-media business operating over 300 entertainment, sports, factual and lifestyle pay-TV network and non-linear services worldwide.

Chris Harris Drives The Mercedes SLS Electric Drive – Video

By   April 11, 2013

We are used to seeing Chris Harris drive noisy high powered cars and take them into large slides. But can an all electric car ever compete with a gas powered performance car? Well, Chris decides to find out what the future may hold for us automotive enthusiasts.

This video shows Chris putting the Mercedes SLS Electric Drive through its paces on the track. He shows just what you can do with an electric car and gives his thoughts on the car.

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