IndyCar will take part in the 105th Indy 500 race this weekend. Things changed after the first race at Brickyard on May 30, 1911. Back then, cars were rough-screaming animals. Today, they are sophisticated machines that represent the pinnacle of internal combustion technology. Some innovations, such as the Andy Granatelli turbine car, were banned by the sport, but the transition from front-wheel drive to rear-engine racers, sparked by Colin Chapman and Jim Clark, continued.
Car racing is at a crossroads. At a time when more and more people are realizing that the era of fossil fuels must end, does it make sense to continue with a series that celebrates the miracles that occur when gasoline explodes indoors?
For the past 7 years, Formula 1 has been using hybrid powertrains that combine a gasoline engine with an electric one. Now IndyCar plans to introduce hybrid powertrains in 2024 (ten years after Formula 1). They will use a 2.4-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine that produces 800 horsepower and an electric motor that adds another 100 horsepower.
Will fully electric racing cars come? Meyer Shank Racing says hello Castroneves and teammate Mike Schenk, who won the Indy 500 last year behind the wheel. Autoblock, “It simply came to our notice then. When we talk about electrification, of course, the hybrid is a fruit hanging down. These are not just hybrids, but pure electric cars. What we try to do as a team is to prepare for it. Technology is advancing rapidly, and this is a very important hot button for all OEMs, we all know where it is going. ”
The voice of silence
Is the world ready for silent racing cars? Mike Hull, managing director of the 14-time IndyCar Series champion and four-time Indy 500 winner Chip Ganassi Racing, says. Autoblock, “Voice is something that comes from generation to generation, but the generation that will determine the future for future generations (will be) has grown accustomed to a voice different from ours.” As the Hull electric race car accelerates to 230 mph, I imagine a man standing near the 1st turn on the Indy. “You’ll think, ‘A car that goes so fast shouldn’t sound like that, but it will.’
IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand says electric racing cars can’t compete in the Indy 500, which accelerates it to maximum speed, accelerating from start to finish, with only one deceleration and braking occurring in half. when drivers fall into the pit for fuel and tires. He says there is not enough time for the regenerative brake to charge the battery.
“In order to be able to drive an average of 180 miles per hour for 500 miles, we are far from the technology that can do that. If we look at the highest level of motor sports, the fact that the electric car competes with the internal combustion engine is one of the most difficult to do. Hildebrand is not just a driver. He is an assistant instructor in the vehicle dynamics program at Stanford and is involved in STEM programs when he is not competing.
If he were in charge of the IndyCar races, Hilldebrand says, “I would almost start finding ways to combine the X-award style – come and show me what you get – electrification is a mechanism that will be immediately welcomed. Speedway in the context of the IndyCar race.
“You can imagine that working at a reasonable pace will come faster than being able to work at that speed for 500 miles. If you leave it completely open to say that anyone who fits any of these technologies will enter the race, it’s a little too obvious. You can soon have a car that adapts, but you have nothing to do, competing for 500 miles. The purpose of going to the competition is to demonstrate different ways of working. I think Indianapolis 500 … is a place where such things have been allowed to be explored in the past. ”
Formula E is the first open-wheel racing series for electric cars, but it runs shorter races. The cars of this series are not close to competing at a distance of 500 miles.
“Because of its history and being one of the hardest places to get anything good except an internal combustion engine, Indy is kind of like, ‘Well, bring it!’ is like the perfect place to say. There is no risk in that. By doing so, it is likely that everyone will turn to where they went to see it happen. If you think how crazy it looks to see a single-turbine car in 1967, imagine how completely insane people would be if you legally owned electric cars at the same time as internal combustion engines, and that’s a crazy reward. Think about the degree of unpredictability of what we are facing now. The enormity of this situation cannot be exaggerated. “
An electrical engineer is required
Says Mike Hull Autoblock that race teams are already searching around the world for young electrical engineers who want to take part in the race. The Ganassi team works closely with Indiana University and Purdue to encourage young engineers to get involved in the future of the race.
“We encourage all students there to be involved in the competition program in some way, even if they volunteer for the weekend program. That’s why they get their hands on it, so they understand how to equate a textbook with a practical aspect of driving, ”Hull says.
He added that the next stage of development for the race will be hybrid technology, as street vehicles do. “Engineering ability must develop rapidly in this direction. Today, we are looking to the world to try and find young, brilliant engineers who want to work on automotive driving around hybrid and electric technology, because that’s the next job we’re going to compete in. Universities from all over the world are working on it, and we will work on it soon, if not today. ”
The race is getting greener
Racing is more than just racing cars. Teams travel with hundreds of tons of equipment, spare parts, mobile devices and people. Today, transporters transporting Indy cars and equipment from race to race run on biodiesel. Electric vehicles are more prevalent around the lane this month, from two-wheeled scooters used by many drivers to electric mobile trucks.
Firestone, IndyCar’s sole tire supplier, delivered all the race tires to be used at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month on trailers powered by Freightliner eCascadia electric tractors. Firestone also developed an environmentally friendly alternative tire made of natural rubber from guayule sleeves that will be used in race cars in Friday’s pit stop race. The first race on this wheel is scheduled for August in Nashville.
Formula 1 could be a few steps ahead of IndyCar in “green” race claims. The nature of the tracks he races provides many opportunities for regenerative braking to recharge the batteries in race cars, but it is still one of the biggest pollutants in car racing.
The bigger question is whether the competition will be relevant in the future? It depends on whether the cars are relevant in the coming years. If they do, race has always been a way to improve sexually. “The purpose of going to the competition is to demonstrate different ways of doing things, and to show that under certain conditions some things are better than others. That’s why we’re competing, “said JR Hildebrand.
There is a legitimate question as to whether the world can continue to produce tens of millions of private cars each year. It makes little difference whether they run on gasoline, electricity or moonlight. Again, no one will be interested in watching the robotics compete. Changes are coming, but it’s not clear what that means for motor racing.
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