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FIA to work on 'electric' F1

The FIA to look at electric-powered race series' as alternative fuel options are examined for the future
The FIA is set to work together with the European Commission on creating a new racing series for electric cars in an effort to raise public awareness of new-technology vehicles.

According to a report in the Financial Times, FIA president Jean Todt has set up an electric-car commission to be headed by former BMW director Burkhard Goeschel which will look into electric car, go-kart and single-seater categories.

With plans to make any electric series global, it raises the prospect of a series similar to F1 but using electric vehicles becoming a possibility.

“We want as soon as possible to have new categories with new energy,” he said “As much as we can do it all over the world, we will do it.”

Both Todt and the FIA have been keen to promote green activities through F1, with the re-introduction of KERS this season and plans to switch to a new greener engine in 2013 already in the pipeline.

The latter has been criticised by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, with Todt admitting that teams would need to be talked round to an extent when it comes to bringing in new technology.

As an aside, Todt's comments come at the same time as Silverstone announces that it will hold an event for electric cars next month.

The Greenpower Corporate Challenge will see 15 schools from a national competition go up against 15 corporate entries in an event where they will design, build and then race an electric car over a four hour period.

Previously held at Goodwood, the event will include teams from Bentley Motors and Jaguar Land Rover.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Greenpower Corporate Challenge this year,” Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips said. “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.

“We are serious about playing our part in the whole green technologies agenda and hope that Silverstone will develop into a location where the public can learn about and try out the latest, cutting edge trends in electric vehicles. We already have battery charging points here as part of the UK's Plugged in Places programme for electric cars so we're making a good start.”

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Diarmuid - Unregistered

April 06, 2011 12:32 PM

Can you lads not read? This isnt about making F1 electric. Its about having an FIA sanctioned series similar to F1 that uses electric power. I dont see the problem. Its certainly better than having them interfere with F1 with experimental rules. And if electric racing cars are made viable it is good for everyone as that technology will trickle down and result in cheap motoring.


April 06, 2011 1:08 PM

This is essential- I'm fed up of paying £1.40 per litre just to drive to the shops. The quicker we have performance electric cars the better. Forget the silly hybrids and Geewizz's, we want lightweight sports cars with 300 ilb/ft torque and 150 mile ranges. The electric cars will be the saviour of fossil fuels- electric cars mon-fri, petrol classics for the weekend. A high profile electric race series is long overdue, think Isle of Man TT Zero.

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