Thought I'd re open this one after reading this http://www.bbc.co.uk...siness-19402383
"Circuits around the world regularly echo to the earsplitting howl of racing V10s and V12s at full throttle. But perhaps, not for much longer.
Motorsport's governing body, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, or FIA, has announced plans for a brand new motor racing series, designed exclusively for electric cars.
The new championship, known as Formula E, is due to begin in 2014.
Manufacturers are being invited to design and build their own cars, which will race on city-centre circuits around the world.
It will be run by Formula E Holdings, a consortium of investors led by the Spanish billionaire Enrique Banuelos, who made his fortune in real estate and agribusiness.
The FIA says it represents "a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades".
If you read further:
Fast but silent
Yet the idea of electric motorsport has plenty of critics. They claim that electric cars lack something which motorsport fans yearn for - noise, and plenty of it.
But according to Lord Drayson, they're missing the point.
"What we're trying to do is create a new racing experience. It will be a different type of car, racing through the city streets, before new audiences, in places where we haven't raced before."
He believes that while older fans may lament the lack of a howling exhaust note, young people simply won't notice.
So if you put too high a priority on the noise then you are too old!
My opinion is electric motorsport can and will happen so why resist it?;) I grew up racing electric R/C buggies, I've driven an electric go kart, I'm convinced electric motorsport will be just as good as IC motorsport at some point in the near future and this series could be the first step to making it a reality. Technology and science will solve the shortfalls that currently exist and the only thing stopping people embracing it will be preconceptions and ignorance. Or age!
"before new audiences"
Yet current Motorsport fans will be sticking their oars in, suggesting that there will be no show without an engine roar (or in F1's case, high pitched scream requiring ear plugs for the rich as they dine during the race)
shame that it's predominantly the sound of wasted energy that keeps the attention span of the viewer, that in turn makes it a good business.
Motor racing is also about the competitors and the team entrants. Racing drivers will race anything. Sadly the issue of noise pollution that affects grass roots motor sports, is lost on the FIA's conscience for climate change.
It's also sad that along with a green and less wasteful formula, they couldn't come up with vastly cheaper formulas, where everyone can have a go.
I would hope that support races could be offered using electric Karts, some basic training and get more kids involved rather than worrying what the rev heads with sky subscriptions think.