Electric F1 to be seriously considered

There will be more and more drivers asking for a motor insurance quote for an electric vehicle in the next few years and now the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) look set to work together with the European Commission and create a brand new racing series specifically for electric cars, in an effort to raise worldwide public awareness of the new technology vehicles.

According to a report FIA president Jean Todt has already set up an EV commission which will be fronted by the former BMW director Burkhard Goeschel, with the commission examining the feasibility of electric car single-seater and go-cart categories. With serious plans to make the electric series global, there is a real prospect of a competition similar to F1 but using electric vehicles.

Jean Todt and the FIA are extremely keen to promote green activities through F1; KERS have been re-introduced and there are also advanced plans to switch cars to a new greener engine in two years time. Todt admits that some teams need to be talked round to the idea of bringing in new technology. The comments from the FIA president come at the same time as Silverstone announced they will hold an event for electric cars in May.

The Greenpower Corporate Challenge will see fifteen schools from throughout the United Kingdom compete in a competition against fifteen corporate entries. The event will see teams design, build and race an electric car all within a four hour period and the event will feature teams from Bentley Motors and Jaguar Land Rover.

Silverstone Managing Director, Richard Phillips, said “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Greenpower Corporate Challenge this year. At a time when the motor sport industry is trying to up its game and improve its green credentials, events like this are a great way of showing what is possible. Silverstone is also a great supporter of education, so having schools competing head-to-head with some of the biggest vehicle manufacturers in the world, and racing on our National Circuit, is a fantastic opportunity.”

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