Don’t worry folks, the driver walked away from this one unhurt….

Here is a bit about it from the NYTIMES

“The world’s first fully electric motor racing series, featuring battery-powered racecars that can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds, opened here Saturday. Known as Fomula E, this 10-stop international circuit is approved by the International Automobile Federation and aims to inspire developments in electric car technology and attract a new generation of fans. The inaugural race, the Beijing ePrix, was unexpectedly dramatic. A crash at the last turn of the final lap involving the leading cars allowed the Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi of the Audi Sport ABT team to win. Nicolas Prost had long been in the lead when his car touched Nick Heidfeld’s. Heidfeld’s vehicle flew end over end and landed upside down in pieces. He emerged unscathed.”

One thing to note about formula E racing is that during pit stops rather filling gas, changing tires and making minor adjustments, teams actually switch cars entirely for one with a fully charged battery.  There are still major limitations to electric cars but with the tech push that racing brings to any sport I’m sure we will see many new advancements to come.

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