The future of motosports came to Berlin. Although everybody knows that the engine of a Formula 1 car produces a lot of carbon emission, millions of fans are coming to the races every year. Fast cars, an astonishing technology and exciting overtaking manoeuvres are only a few reasons why fans love to watch Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rossberg and others at work. But is the Formula 1 still up to date? The Formula E brings the same fun and excitement but it is eco-friendly. The electric cars can reach a top speed at 225 km/h without causing carbon emissions and they also produce a lower volume than Formula 1 cars.
Last Saturday, the Formula E series came to Berlin. Thousands of fans saw an exciting race on the street circuit at Karl-Marx-Allee, right next to Alexanderplatz. It was Swiss driver Sébastien Buemi for team Renault e.dams who won the race after 48 laps. Of course, we went to Berlin to be part of the second ePrix in the German capital. Although we couldn’t keep up with the speed of a Formula E car, we built our own Tinkerbots racing car and brought it to the race track. Our red racer consists of the Tinkerbots model “Racer, but we made some changes to the original car. It is powered by our motor module and you can change the direction through the pivot module. To control the car on the race track, we used our Tinkerbots app.
Letting our Tinkerbots Formula E car drive on the Berlin street circuit was easy. The biggest challenge was to create a car with the typical Formular E design. But after combining the Tinkerbots bricks and modules with our adapter for LEGO®, we only had to find the right bricks to get this task done. Now we have a unique red Tinkerbots racer that can only be distinguished from the Formula cars by its size.