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More on Night Races

Or should that be Moron Night Races? Never mind, Bernie wants them, so it is bound to happen. It is good to see that others are at last noticing the way in which the idea conflicts with other stated aims of the FIA, however. Far be it from me to say, “I told You So.”

Daytona

Daytona chicane at night

In previous posts I have made my position on the Great Global Warming Scare quite clear – in a nutshell, I believe it to be unsupported by the evidence and a deliberate political scam instituted by unscrupulous people hungry for power. But that does not mean that I think efforts to make cars more environment-friendly are wasted. It makes good sense to look for alternative power sources since, sooner or later, the oil will run out.

So I was heartened to read Pitpass’ article about a new and more efficient solar power cell invented in Australia. It does sound as though this is a huge breakthrough and could make the use of solar power more practicable and widespread. Bonza, Australia!

It is not the whole answer, however. There remains the problem of where the power comes from in countries where the sun does not shine as much as it does in Australia. Batteries can store power from the sunny days for a while but there will always be the risk of it running low through a prolonged overcast spell. But be of good cheer, fellow Brits – our cousins across the pond have demonstrated what may well be the ultimate alternative power source for the automotive industry.

It is called the GM Hy-Wire and, having already written about it in another of my sites, I am going to take the lazy route and suggest you click on this link to see what the future holds. This, surely, is the future of both motoring in general and F1.

HyWire

GM Hy-Wire

You know, if we could all drive one of those, Bernie’s night races might even become feasible…

4 Responses to “More on Night Races”

  1. This is fine as long as no British brands try to build this. We all know the track records with Brit cars and their electronics.

  2. Oooh, that hurts, Dan! At least the Brits are good at building race cars.

  3. This is true, where would we be, especially in F1 without you guys… If Americans were relied on for innovation then we would have been watching Micheal Schumacher driving a Monte Carlo stock car around well…. Monte Carlo.

    As far as British road cars go, my girlfriends father restores an old MG roadster, he loves it. BUT HOW DO YOU BUILD A CAR WITH NO ROOF. It rains 90% of the time!

  4. Simple – we keep them in the garage until we get a sunny day. This also ensures that the car only gets used about three times a year, thereby saving on wear and tear. :)

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