We got 3.6 seconds to change that battery

The guys behind Formula 1 racing have come up with Formula E, for pure electric vehicles, and Tam is doubtful about the prospects:

[T]his has the potential to turn the proposed Formula E into the least exciting thing since the invention of competitive paint-drying during refueling stops.

Plus, the whole force-fed nature of the thing feels artificial. It feels like the American Medical Association sponsoring a High Fiber Vegetable Eating Contest, which just wouldn’t be as fun to watch as fat guys burying their mugs in blueberry pies.

There’s always the technology trickling down: racing, they say, improves the breed. On the other hand, I don’t particularly want to be a witness to activities that involve breeding.


  1. McGehee »

    10 September 2013 · 7:05 am

    I was actually thinking this could lead to improvements that would find their way onto Cedar Street. For example, they might just need to find a way to switch out batteries quickly. Competition creates imperatives federal subsidies simply can’t.

  2. jsallison »

    11 September 2013 · 9:14 pm

    Watched the Italian GP recently, I swear I never saw anyone actually change tires. They’re standing around, the car comes in, I blink and the car’s halfway down pit road outbound… Howdeydodat? There’s no way they could’ve topped off the fuel, geez they’re getting quick.

  3. CGHill »

    11 September 2013 · 9:16 pm

    It takes me a good 15 seconds just to check tire pressure. Obviously I’m not cut out for life in the fastest lane.

  4. Barks »

    13 September 2013 · 8:30 am

    Think WNBA.

RSS feed for comments on this post