It was all kept pretty hush-hush as to not expose the fallacy of EV and EV racing, but now we learned Formula E driver Sergio Sette Camara narrowly escaped injury when his battery exploded before the Mexico City E-Prix.
As Sergio Sette Camara made his way to the start of the Mexico City E-Prix in his Formula E car last week, trouble erupted. A red light lit up inside his car, he hopped out, and then shortly after that, the battery exploded and left the car significantly damaged, e-Formula.news reports.
EV Driver did not have time to bend over and kiss his ass goodbye
“There was a very loud noise at the back of the car,” Camara told Motorsport.com, according to e.Formula.news and MotorsportWeek. “That was definitely a bigger problem. There was smoke and I saw the red light on the car, which indicates that the car is not safe. Then I jumped out of the car.”
A statement from the FIA to e-Formula.news also seems to indicate a battery-related issue.
“Together with the single supplier for Formula E batteries (WAE) and ERT Formula E Team, we are currently investigating the cause of the issue. Further information will be shared in due course.”
If it turns out to be a battery issue, this would be the second battery incident in the last couple months. Back in October during pre-season testing in Valencia, a battery fire in the garage of battery supplier WAE resulted in all testing being suspended for a couple of days.
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