FORMULA E RACING: ZOOM — EEE

One of the sports that has universal followers all around the world is auto racing and especially Formula 1. The Formula 1 cars and drivers are the fastest in auto sports and bring enthusiastic spectators from all around the world to see them race.

In recent years, with the inception of Formula-E racing, there has been a change in the sport that has a secondary ecological theme – racing fast with sustainability. The birth of Formula-E racing is beginning to become of age. In Formula-E, cars do not burn fossil fuels but rather run on high-powered electric motors.

Since its inception four years ago the first race in Hong Kong was an oddity indeed, and there were low expectations for this type of racing compared to the powerful machinery of the Formula 1 racing cars. But skeptics have been proven wrong.

With venues in prime cities around the world, it has slowly started to attract the attention of spectators and professional drivers alike. So much so that New York City, that never hosted an auto race, had Formula-E cars racing in Brooklyn in July of 2016.

Now in its fourth year it is adding more international cities including: Santiago, Chile; Sao Paulo, Brazil and Rome, Italy to its racing calendar that already includes Marrakesh, Morocco; Mexico City, Mexico; Punta Del Este, Uruguay; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland and New York City. The streets of these international cities will hear the hum of electric racers rather than the thundering noise and residual pollution of petroleum powered racing cars.

Aside from providing entertainment to racing fans, this endeavor of Formula-E racing is a laboratory for developing and improving sustainable transportation with a low environmental footprint now and in the very near future.

In developing these vehicles, many companies are using their technologies to harness climate change by bringing the reality of low emissions to all forms of transportation. Along with developing more dependable and powerful engines, ancillary equipment is also tested, such as tires used that are hybrids developed by Michelin that are suitable for all weather conditions, that last the entire race and are all recycled after the cars pass the finish line.

With the attraction of more fans, more professional drivers, faster cars, sustainable developing companies and adding to the economies of racing cities, Formula–E racing is a win-win in maintaining and improving the environment while having fun at the same time.

 

Dennis Machicao