Setting the electric pace

2015-05-11 11:19

Think electric cars can’t burn up a racetrack? You’d be wrong!

There’s enough clever technology involved in Formula E racing to tempt even dedicated petrolheads to take a new look. And electric cars can drift with the best of them! Check out Nelson Piquet Jr putting the BMW i8 through some gruelling moves on the race track:

BMW sets the pace

Since last year, the German luxury auto manufacturer has provided two high-performance BMW i8 hybrid sports cars and two all-electric BMW i3 vehicles, to act as safety and course cars for the exciting Formula E race circuit. Hybrid and electric cars in this important role are definitely the trend: NASCAR has been using hybrid cars as pace cars since 2012.

To add to the excitement, these specially adapted BMW pace vehicles have the capacity to be recharged through a wireless system using magnetic inductive receivers. This is an amazing innovation that may lead the way for a future where electric vehicles on the road can be recharged using this system.

The BMW i3 is an all-electric car that compares to any luxury conventional vehicle, and could beat most of them out of the starting blocks. Electric motors immediately reach full torque - the sporty BMW i8 (pic below) goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds.

Catch the Formula E action

Fancy keeping up with the Formula E action? The next two events are as follows:

May 30 in Berlin
June 27 in London
You’ll find the full calendar of the inaugural Formula E season here.

Find out more about the cutting-edge technology of the stylish visionary electric vehicles at bmw-i.co.za

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