It helps to have friends in the business, especially if that profession is auto racing.
We recently got access to the pits at the American Le Mans Series raceway in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Calif., thanks to Avnet Express and Mouser Electronics, which sponsored cars at the respective events.
Le Mans became a stop for the Chevy Volt that EE Life editorial director Brian Fuller is taking cross-country on the Drive for Innovation. The trip is a partnership between Design News parent UBM Electronics and Avnet Express. The Volt drove a parade lap around the historic speedway, and then we stuck around to get some shots of the races and 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal.
Seven days later, we were at the Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. We met driver Ho-Pin Tung, who was driving Mouser-sponsored car 88 (pictured below).
Click the image below to view our slideshow of the two races:
Driver Ho-Pin Tung in his Indy car at Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. (Photo courtesy Mouser Electronics)
For Further Reading
To keep up with our Chevy Volt coverage, go to Drive for Innovation and follow the cross-country journey of EE Life editorial director, Brian Fuller. On his trip, sponsored by Avnet Express, Fuller is driving a Volt across America to interview engineers.
all electric Indy racer? NOT IF THERE SMART naperlou I agree that IS THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION, but disagree that it is the PRO BUILDER, OWNER & DRIVER perception. I say this because the state of the art was DESIGNED, ENGINEERED, AND PAID FOR NOTBY INDYbut, all the others involved in RACE CARS WORLDWIDE.
Indy Motor Speedway over the last 2 decades has inflated costs on everything to the extent a LARGE part of the public can't aford to attend EVEN WITH THE TV & COMMERCIAL UNDER WRITING. And if you think I am kidding check out the cost of a summer nylon jacket in their Track Store next time you go there.
Names like OFFENHOUSER, CURTIS, CHEVY, FORD,HONDA, and the list goes on, longer than your memory will hold, left their MARK and BLOOD on tracks arround the world. As I see it the LAST PLACE EVs will be RACED, AFTER THEY are proven, is gasoline alley ...to mark thepassingof an era.... and CELEBRATE THE END OF FOSSIL FUEL.
Without rules, more rules and more rules again, races would be won by the team with the most money. When you're dealing with the technological comlexity of an Indy car, only the wealthiest teams can compete and even then, the team with the most money usually has a significant edge. A team that can drive a million dollar race-car to destruction and have a ready spare is going to push harder than a single-car team. The most successful racing teams are the ones that can bend the rules without quite breaking them. Nice article and pic's.
What you're seeing in the photo's is just the tip of the iceberg. Compared to the technology in Formula One, this is kindergarten stuff. Before it was outlawed, F1 had bidirectional telemetry - the car could be remotely modified by the engineers in the pits and, on occasion, from the factory. Also, since real computers are needed in the pits, you won't be seeing too many iPads and such - not enough power or screen real estate - F1 engineers monitor upwards of 100 data points during a race.
EV races, for me, wouldn't cut it as a fan driven sport. Maybe when everybody, and I mean everybody, drives an electric car, and the speeds for racing were exceptional, would it be acceptable. For a lot of race fans, the sights, sounds, and smells of these 750+ HP machines are as much a part of the experience as the competition.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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