Quieter engines in Formula 1 boosted the discussion about sound production of (hybrid) electric race cars and the future of motorsport. Formula E, world’s first championship with fully-electric vehicles, responded well to this topic. Scheduled or not, it was perfect timing for CEO Alejandro Agag to share the world his opinion of the future of motorsport when it comes to sound and to prove that electric racing will not be quiet at all.
There have been a few videos released starring the Spark-Renault electric single seater car that will be used for racing from September onwards, but that car was powered by just a fraction of battery-power of what it uses today. “We think the sound of Formula E is going to be a big surprise for everyone. The sounds that comes out is completely futuristic, new, different,” Agag told news agency AFP in a telephone interview.
To be more specific, he said: “It sounds more like a jet, a fighter jet. Or like the Podracer in Star Wars. So that’s the kind of feel we want to give to the fans, much more futuristic. It doesn’t sound at all like a combustion engine.”
A video of the car with the current sound experience will be put online next week. “I think the sound will be quite a shock, because it’s actually quite loud.”
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