It weighs 200kg, it endures temperatures up to 140 degrees, and it's been on a four-year stint that amounts to the same distance as going around the earth and then some. Not my luggage, despite what you might assume, but the absolute unit at the back of the first generation of Formula E race cars. Slapping the roof of this bad boy would earn you a disapproving look from the engineers but you can fit 54,500km of racing without a single failure inside it.
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If you're worried that electric cars will ruin racing, let me kill that thought once and for all. I got the rare chance to do something usually reserved for ex-Formula One and Le Mans drivers: drive a Formula E car. I stepped out of the car laughing like a madwoman because it was that much fun to drive.
Autonomous car racing is real, and happening soon. From a technological standpoint it's all quite impressive, but there's one big problem: it sounds boring as all shit to watch. How do you make autonomous racing interesting? The answer is pretty clear: they need to blow each other up.
Those in attendance at the Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix witnessed history yesterday. Roborace debuted what's being billed as the first competitive race between self-driving cars on a professional Formula E track. How'd it go? Great! Or, it was at least great for the winning car.
Video: Besides a bit of YouTube fame, it's hard to say why stuntman Damien Walters challenged himself to perform a daring backflip over a speeding Formula E race car -- which he couldn't actually see coming. It's a stunt more impressive than anything you'll see in a Hollywood movie because there are no wires, and no computer graphics.
Jarno Trulli is one of the all-time greats of Formula One racing. With 256 Grand Prix starts under his belt, he's up there with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello -- he knows more than a little bit about how to drive a fast car quickly. Like most F1 champions, he's a jack of all trades, with history in karts and Formula 3 as well. He's now turning his attention to Formula E -- the all-electric racing class that's turning a lot of heads.
A lot of people are not happy with the sound of the new engines in this year's Formula One. As a result of extensive rule changes, the 2014 F1 cars are much quieter than last year's models, with none of that ear-splitting high-pitched scream that made 2013 and earlier cars so appealing. And now, a competitor is putting them to shame.