EV Racing Crash / Vapor - Smart Car Forums
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 188
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 1 Post
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Question EV Racing Crash / Vapor

Saw this link on Jalopnick (https://jalopnik.com/smart-eq-racing...-in-1838286933). It's a fun video about Electric Smart racing but I have a question.


I have had my Cabrio since 2009 but don't know much about the new Electric smarts. If you watch the video, you will notice that in some scenes, there is Smoke/Steam/Vapor escaping from the front of the car(s) in the "Incidents". Since these are electric, is there still some sort of radiator/cooling system for the Battery and/or Motor? Or is there some other explanation for the vapor cloud.
The GMan is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 11:41 AM
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
Posts: 1,038
Thanks: 13
Thanked 128 Times in 106 Posts
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 386 Post(s)
Yes, the Smart ED, and most other electric cars have radiator/cooling systems (which also are used as warming systems in cold weather) for various components like the inverter/controller, charger, battery pack, and in some cases (including the 451 Smart) the motor.

The cooling demands are pretty low though - the coolant never gets more than lukewarm in my ED under normal use, and the radiator fan has never run except when using the AC. But racing is another matter.

What would be interesting to a lot of us is how those racing Smart ED's had their drive train control software modified to remove the speed limit (140 kph/85 mph) and allow continuous wide-open operation.

But more likely, of the stock electric components were replaced with all aftermarket stuff.
Yinzer is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Yinzer For This Useful Post:
MineCooky (09-24-2019)
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-21-2019, 02:52 PM
 
NW453's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 117
Thanks: 22
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Garage
Well next to Formula One, I think I just found a new race series to watch!!!
And I own a 2018 EQ...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg #3 Final.JPG (126.6 KB, 24 views)
NW453 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-22-2019, 03:15 PM
 
Bob Denman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Grahamsville, NY
Posts: 192
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW453 View Post
Well next to Formula One, I think I just found a new race series to watch!!!
And I own a 2018 EQ...
I think that I'd miss the rumble of a well-tuned V-8...
Bob Denman is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Smart Car Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Clubs, Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.