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    So what are your thoughts - bright or dim future?
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    Dim. Unless they find some way to add internal combustion engine sounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeyBear View Post
    Dim. Unless they find some way to add internal combustion engine sounds.
    Bright. There are race tires, adjustments, adrenalin, and speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papatik View Post
    Bright. There are race tires, adjustments, adrenalin, and speed.
    Well said, Jim. We have difference of opinion. Let's agree to disagree.

    By the way; What say you Ric?
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    Jimmy, I agree with Ron. I'd like a little engine noise.

    Yes Ric how about you chiming in.

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    I agree with Ron. The only noises you hear are occasional tire squeal and a horrid continuous screech from the electric motors. Overall they've got good drivers, good cars, and good teams. But unless they get some real range out of those stupid batteries it won't catch on. Racing is expensive to begin with, but when you need 2 cars per driver to compete in one 25 lap race on a circuit that's just over 2 miles, the costs are obviously far too high. It's only worsened by the fact that they're managing power usage as early as the sighting lap. It is a good idea, but a bit too early for where the level of technology is.
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    I kinda agree with James, We're still early with the technology. Remember, even the longest
    journey begins with one step. (I got that from one of Kurts' Uncles) I think a series like this
    will accelerate the progress of the technology. I watched the 1st race from China and I thought
    passing was difficult. The cars didn't seem to have a lot of downforce. The tires looked to be
    Michelin Pilot Sport street tires. I also believe the race events all take in one day. It will be
    interesting how the promoters will recoup their investment. I am looking forward to the
    Long Beach race just to be a part of history.
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    Personally, I don't like it but, It's the future so I say if they do it they should amplify the motor(not an engine)sounds. Electric motors sound pretty cool at high rpm but are to quiet to be heard from the stands. People are looking for a visceral experience as much as viewing one so why not give them some loud electric motor sounds. Other than that performance should be off the charts in the acceleration department.
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    I'm curious about something regarding Formula E... Anybody happen to have any idea in what is restricted? On paper it seems like a bit of a spec series, but if there are no(or very few) limitations on the cars, maybe this series would have a chance.
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    This is very much a spec series and looks to have a very strict build process.
    The link is to the car specs.

    http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/guide/car.aspx?page=1334
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