Formula E is a ‘hotbed’ for developing road technology for future electric cars
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He said the all-electric racing series which touches down in London this weekend is “certainly relevant” to road car technology now and in the future. Manufacturers will be able to “explore different things” which will likely lead to road cars having greater efficiency.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mahinda Racing driver Alexander Simms said the series was even more relevant for road cars than Formula One.
He said: “I think Formula E is certainly relevant to road car technology both now and in the future.
“I think Formula One has become less and less relevant to your modern day road car embrace the technology has just gone off on such a high-performance tangent.
“Although there will be some crossover it’s just becoming less and less relevant and I think Formula E is taking up that mantle of bringing relevance back to racing.
“It’s still heavily a marketing exercise as well and spreading the message and showing manufacturers are involved in electric car activity in a cool way.
“Certainly, the development we make during the year is quite a unique scenario that a manufacturer will face.
“In normal road car production, they have got years to develop the next cycle of their road car.
“Cost is obviously such a big factor they won’t explore other avenues they can do in racing.”
He added: “Individual manufacturers will be exploring different things but you can try out new materials, new metals, new magnets that give different efficiency.
“It’s a hotbed for developing new technology that is going to be relevant for electric cars in the future.”
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Formula E has seen a surge in manufacturer entrants with each now considered a market leader for electric car development.
BMW joined the series at its 2014 inception and has since become one of the new forces in the EV market.
The German marque launched their iX3 Premium Edition last year capable of a range of up to 282 miles.
Porsche joined the series in 2019 before launching their new all-electric Taycan sportscar.
Nissan joined back in 2018 and has since developed their new Ariya electric SUV, seen as a challenger to the Tesla Model Y.
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