Adjust Your Volume: Formula E’s New (Whiny) Era of Racing
The superfast electric cars could drive innovation, but they're not music to everyone's ears.
If the future of automotives has a sound … well, that sound might drive you to plug your ears.
"The car sounded like my grandmother's scootmobile going through the supermarket mixed with my granddad's wheezing cough." That was one racing fan's assessment on Reddit of the new, all-electric version of Formula racing, which arrived last weekend in the United States after debuting in the fall in Asia.
The Formula E cars aren't exactly silent, as anyone who's driven a Toyota Prius or other battery-powered car might expect. Fans have likened the whir of motors on the raceway to vacuums, toys, and Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett playing slide guitar while on LSD.
Auditory experience aside, Formula E's objective is to make