Indoor Race Tracks for Tesla cars

Indoor Race Tracks for Tesla cars

I wanted to know what others thought about Tesla investing in building race tracks (probably mostly indoor) designed specifically for EVs? I have not seen anywhere that they have plans to do this, but apparently, Portland-based Harsch Investment Co. wants to create a 45,701-square-foot indoor racetrack facility at 2664 N. Marine Drive, which is about 8 miles from downtown. So someone seems to be trying to do this, but I'm sure Tesla could do it better and I believe that it would be beneficial for them.

1. Low/no noise pollution
2. Lack of exhaust means that the race tracks could be indoor, allowing for easier year-round racing as well as greater flexibility for operational hours
3. The race tracks could also be close to major city centers, rather than having to be far due to sound and other regulations, meaning it's easier for people to go racing

This is basically go-cart racing but with Tesla's. It would be a great way to get Tesla owners together, and it could even allow others to spectate and gain interest in EVs. Thoughts, anyone?

GeekEV | 2014年1月29日

I think you would need a HUGE facility to use full size cars. Have you looked at the size of outdoor race tracks? About all you could fit in a moderate size building would be a basic short oval track.

cczimmer | 2014年1月29日

You're right, it would have to be huge. I should have looked into the numbers more. I don't know how that company is doing it with only 45,000 sf as that's not large at all for a race track, it's just over 1 acre. I just figured that if they could do it, Tesla could do it, and better.

This is the article:

"Is there a racetrack in the offing for owners of high performance electric cars?

It would seem so. Portland-based Harsch Investment Co. wants to create a 45,701-square-foot indoor racetrack facility at 2664 N. Marine Drive, according to a pre-application conference request filed with the city of Portland.

Harsh officials did not comment on the plan.

According to public documents, the indoor racetrack would cater to league racing, training seminars and instructional courses.

Approximately 100,000 racers and spectators are expected annually, with approximately 18,000 to 20,000 races per year."

[And there's a picture of a Tesla Roadster]

But if indoors isn't feasible due to facility size limitations, then it seems that outdoors would still allow for more flexibility in location because of the lack of engine noise compared to ICE cars.

Captain_Zap | 2014年1月29日

Much of the advantage of outdoor tracks is the run-off areas.

blue adept | 2014年1月30日


I think the point that you're missing is that the Tesla's have been specifically designed to function within (and even well beyond) the parameters of your typical ICE automobile dynamics and environs with the guiding mindset oriented towards ultimately replacing ICE's altogether as the primary mode of transportation/commuting, so why should anyone have any inclination at all whatsoever to undertake designing and building a SPECIAL, enclosed road course/track just to race them (Tesla's) on when your typical, average, everyday race track/course is the intended fare?

cczimmer | 2014年2月2日

@just an allusion

You said that Tesla's mindset is to ultimately replace ICE's altogether as the primary mode of transportation, which is what I expect to happen, and then ask why should anyone build a special track just for Tesla's? And you're right, they would be special tracks now because Tesla's are far outnumbered by ICE's now, but being that I expect and it seems that you also expect them to end up being the primary mode of transportation, these special tracks would not be special in the future. It's kind of like asking why build special superchargers which cater only to Tesla's when your typical public or home charging station is the intended fare?

My point is that due to the lack of noise pollution, location should become far more flexible, to the point where electrics could be racing right next to homes and it would not disturb the residents even at night (the only noise problem I can see is tire screeching). Location is important. Most race tracks are out in the boonies (which also is probably due to cheaper land). But who wants to drive really far just to drive some more? So instead of having a golf course, why not have an racetrack for electrics in your community?

And as far as being indoor, I retracted that in a later post. If that's not feasible, then outdoors should be fine enough.

Brian H | 2014年2月3日

The EMR paranutiacs would go spare over the leaking electrons, RF, magnetic waves and all that other evil invisible stuff.

blue adept | 2014年2月4日


The point is that Tesla's are meant to readily integrate into normal
commuter traffic ways, so if you can drive a "race car" on it, then you can race a Tesla on it.

And a number of the courses raced encountered on a circuit today are, as they have been for decades, composite courses that are laid out along roadways that wind through residential areas