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Much of the innovation we see in cars (aerodynamics, breaking technologies, computer engine management, materials) are a direct result of racing series such as formula one.
I propose creating an open wheeled race car series similar to formula one where the cars run on hydrogen fuel cells. This
would further stimulate fuel cell innovation.
The cars could have fuel cells capable running an electric motor with over 500 lb/ft of torque. The cars would be extremely fast but only make around 60 decibels of noise.
The cars could feature regenerative breaking that uses capacitors instead of batteries for short bursts of acceleration.
||Or just enter a kick-ass H fuel cell car in a formula one
race (pending rule changes, no doubt). If you win against
gasoline (petrol), then you'll see some wider public
acceptance and demand.
||You'd have to make the courses
small and twisty, to account for
the fact that electric motors
develop all their torque just before
they stall (around 1-10 RPM) and
drain batteries/fuel like anything
at high speeds.
||Maybe you just need a good CVT.
||[Macwarrior] I think the point is that
*currently* motors behave like this as
people have not been arsed to sort out
||New motors such as transverse flux
machines that work in-hub,
ultracapacitors and other aspects need
to be rigorously tested and break out of
friction brakes mindset.
||They might realise that although weight
has a penalty with accelleration, it can
give most of it back in regeneration. It
will be a whole new equation out there.
||With such a contest we might get half-
decent hybrids that do not rely on
farcical gearboxes/transmissions and
nonsensical attempts to have a physical
connection between engine and wheels.