Yesterday I was teaching at the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam and speaking about electric autosport. One of the students raised the lack of noise of EV’s, a point that keeps coming back actually. The argument is that people won’t like electric racing because it doesn’t have the noise that internal combustion engines (ICE’s) have. Here is my take on that:

I LOVE THAT SOUND
Really, EV’s aren’t completely silent at all, and especially the more powerful ones have a whine that goes all the way through your spine. As long as the machines have plenty of kW’s and they are fast, as long as there is a sense of danger I am convinced we can do without the roar of the dinosaurs. So while driving an EV I love that sound, next to the track it continues to amaze me, and when it’s used in video the sound is great. In video the noise is actually the same level as ICE’s and really adds to the visual experience.

IT’S LIKE POP MUSIC

Some people will never fall for the sound of EV’s, they need the roar of explosions. The good news is, not everybody needs to be convinced! It’s a generation thing, it’s a taste thing. Perhaps your parents loved the Stones and you like electronic music. There is no way you will be able to convince your parents that Tiesto is a better artist than Mick Jagger. No way. So Electric Autosport will find it’s own following. I already met loads of them, fans that would choose the sharp sound of an EV over that of a roaring ICE any time.

Here two video’s to prove my point, the sound is still super important but just….. better!

A video on board the Toyota record lap
A video of the TTXGP championship

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Godert van Hardenbroek

For many years now I’ve been convinced of the pulling power that zero emission racing has to draw in a new audience to get excited about super clean cars. I was one of the crazy ones that was ahead of the curve when we established Formula Zero, a race class for hydrogen electric vehicles, but now a trend with electric racing is clearly and visibly emerging. We will provide reports and analysis of these trends as we see them happen.

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For many years now I’ve been convinced of the pulling power that zero emission racing has to draw in a new audience to get excited about super clean cars. I was one of the crazy ones that was ahead of the curve when we established Formula Zero, a race class for hydrogen electric vehicles, but now a trend with electric racing is clearly and visibly emerging. We will provide reports and analysis of these trends as we see them happen.

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