With the increase in EVs in the commercial and private auto markets around the world, you would expect there to be a similar trend in Motorsport. Indeed, much automotive technology comes from Motorsport where there is less regulation and large financial rewards for taking the engineering risks that produce a higher rate of technological development. However, when it comes to electric, this does not seem to be the case. Most observers would likely conclude it is due to an established culture of ICEs in Motorsport.
Nevertheless, there are beginnings of the electrification of motor sport. And at the expo we will have 2 insights into these beginnings.
The Team Swinburne 2017 Formula SAE vehicle
Each year the student engineers of Team Swinburne design, build and race an electric open wheeled racer that looks much like a smaller formula one race car. This vehicle will be in the Show’N’Shine so you will be able to have a look at what such a vehicle looks like and what it takes to design one.
You can see more about this on the Show’N’Shine page.
Paul Baker and Formula E
Paul Baker is the co-leader of a team trying to secure the Formula E series in Adelaide.
He has +15 year Motorsport experience racing Mini's at a car club level, winning the Victorian Mini Club State Championship in 1999 with his Mini Cooper S. Paul will be using these insights to share with you what the future of eMotorsport could be like.
You learn more about Paul and his presentation on the Lecture Series page.