While comparisons like that make for entertaining TV, putting any true racecar against a street car very very often has a similar result. If nothing else, the mclaren is carrying many hundreds of pounds of extra lights/wires/crash protection/seats/windows etc.Then there is this....
Volkswagen's I.D. R doesn't have the same power that the McLaren does, but holy crap is it fast off the line.digg.com
It may or may not kill traditional tracks, but it will also open up a whole new world. Electric can race on indoor tracks or tracks very close to a city without needing a huge separation to deal with noise. Track days would be a lot more popular if you could wake up at home and drive less much less than an hour to get to the track.
It only took eight months to build, but Volkswagen’s I.D. R racer didn’t just destroy the all-electric record at Pikes Peak this last Sunday, it just set the fastest time ever during the race’s 100th anniversary.
The car – piloted by French driver Romain Dumas – was at the Colorado Springs, CO event to break the all-electric vehicle record, which it did by over minute. What was arguably even more impressive was the fact that it broke the all-time record set by rally legend Sebastian Loeb five years ago in a twin-turbo powered Peugeot 208T16 by 16 seconds, posting a 7:57.148 up the 156-turn 12.42mile hillclimb.
This dominance of Pikes Peak is yet another strong sign that electric racecars are the future of motorsport, with the popularity of Formula E growing ever stronger and World Rallycross announcing it’ll switch to all-electric vehicles in 2020.
Not to say, “I told you so”, but here at K1 Speed, we knew what we were getting into when we decided to use all-electric go-karts in our indoor karting center fifteen years ago. The instant torque the electric engine delivers eliminates any lag once your pedal hits the medal, so you can launch out of those technical corners rather than waiting for the engine to rev up. We were ahead of the time then and continue to utilize the latest electric go-karts moving into a very near future that is sure to feature more electrified grids in motorsport.
For the dirt bike and off-road people, are electric dirt bikes at a point where they can do a double or triple jump that 250/450 motocross bikes do?
Someone else here has one. I like them in theory but I get annoyed when marketing gets way ahead of engineering. Be honest with what they are and aren't. They have some significant real advantages, strip all the bs out of the marketing as it just makes me ignore everything and assume you have polished a turd.
You're not the only one! What do you have? @Evoex speaks the truth, I'm on a DS. Two full riding seasons on and I still love it and have no interest in going back to gas!