Will Tesla ever compete in Formula E? More than likely… no. That’s what Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims and he insists that “output and scalability” are far more crucial. While Tesla is pegged to produce some of the greatest electric cars ever built, their implementation in motorsport is far from the CEO’s objective. However, this did not deter the automaker from pursuing alternative plans for creating high performing cars.
For example, some businesses, such as BMW and Audi went in the opposite direction. Before the Formula E Series became a trend, these two firms were among the first to create a single-seater, all-electric powertrain that was incredibly close to the blinking quick F1 variants. The main distinction was that these modern sustainable sports cars were not as noisy, obviously.
These manufacturers decided to operate in contrast: instead of designing mass-market cars that would boost the company in a variety of ways, like many German automobile companies, they returned back to their origins. They skipped on developing a stable EV tech system or processing plants to construct them. Rather, they focused on a few fast cars that will compete on some of the world’s hardest circuits on the weekends. If they have done it in the right order, they could have killed two birds with one stone, which is Tesla has already been planning.
A recent Bloomberg article reveals that at the end of this season, BMW opted to formally scrap its Formula E team, transitioning its emphasis from racing onto the widening EV market. The resources it would save by not spending on turning out quick laps at world-famous circuits will now be diverted to the production of EVs.
In the era when BMW was racing in Formula E, the automaker only managed to launched i3, a visually unappealing car. There are plenty of chances to develop a competitive portfolio of all-electric vehicles in the future with plans to introduce the iX, which it announced only last month.
BMW has won just four races since it began racing in Formula E. which had its first race seasons ago. The firm has “exhausted the opportunities to transfer the pioneering racing technologies of Formula E into passenger models.”
With the unpopular and doomed i3, BMW is back to square one. Especially now that their run at the Formula E has ended. This is where the right order of things could be their advantage if they have started right.
And also, this is where Tesla is gaining its lead if Tesla ever considers producing cars for competition. Tesla produced consumer cars that have the capacity to compete against racing cars, like allegedly racing platforms, such as the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
Take a look at Tesla’s Roadster with a 0-60 in 1.9 seconds, has a quarter-mile acceleration of 8.8 seconds, and a capacity to seat four people. The powertrain is powerful enough to compete in some rough racing circuits, but there is no reason that the Next-Gen Roadster would not be extremely competitive in some racing series if Tesla were to refine it slightly and build a new, more reliable chassis that would benefit racing scenarios.
Another example worth mentioning is the Model S Plaid which has already broken several records including “unconfirmed” Nürburgring in Germany and the Laguna Seca Raceway in California.
Another instance is the Model S Plaid. Several records have been smashed, including one at Germany’s Nürburgring (which is unconfirmed) and California’s Laguna Seca Raceway. To take on rough tracks that are windy and complicated to maneuver, it already has the handling, velocity, and downforce. To call it a “racecar,” it will only require some small enhancements.
This is where Tesla wins a big edge with its framework. If the organization will actually race any of the vehicles or not is irrelevant, however, if it wanted to, it will be ready now.
The innovation and development Tesla is currently making doesn’t work particularly well with other global automakers. Every day the company is improving in range or efficiency or battery technology that allows it is lead greater than ever in the EV industry. For now, Tesla has the following lineups: the four-passenger cars: two sedans, a crossover, and an SUV. It’s got a Supercar on the way, a truck rolling in next year, a Semi that’s going to be released soon. If Tesla would race now, it is probably ready with a competitive high performing car.
This is where German automakers failed: they prioritized competitive race cars rather than putting gas-driven cards off the road.
And if you’re curious, Musk said that Tesla wasn’t trying to get into racing. His focus is on Tesla’s “development and scalability.”