The electric single-seater Formula E series is growing in popularity, with a boost by the participation of an increasing number of carmakers who are moving in the direction of electric cars in the near future. The series gives them exposure as EV manufacturers and will help as the transition into the new category of vehicles in future.
Meanwhile, the organisers of Formula E are also creating more awareness of the series by having various activities that draw attention to the sport. Recently, they arranged for a fully-electric Formula E car to race against a cheetah, the fastest land animal in the world.
Both sleek and agile machines, on four legs and four wheels, sat side-by-side on an aircraft landing strip in a remote part of the Western Cape on the southern tip of Africa to determine which was quicker off the mark in a drag race. The world’s fastest land animal and the Formula E car both get to 100 km/h in 3 seconds.
So who would get there quicker with a separation of tenths of a second – TECHEETAH driver Jean-Eric Vergne or the cheetah on home soil?
The Montreal E-Prix race winner and the cheetah were pitted against each other to also bring attention to the disastrous effects of climate change and the danger it poses to the natural habitat of cheetahs and other wildlife. Formula E aims to provide a solution. It’s more than just a race on the track: the series is a catalyst for change – to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles on a global scale and making our society cleaner for future generations.
There are now just 7,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild. The species is wide-ranging and sparsely distributed and needs large landscapes to survive, making it particularly vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation – threats that are exacerbated by a changing climate.
The making of this video was overseen by conservation experts and animal welfare organisations, and is released in partnership with Animal Issues Matter, Cheetah Outreach and Endangered Wildlife Trust.
“We knew the similarities in performance between the Formula E car and a cheetah, so we were curious to see the outcome. But, what’s even more important is to determine the outcome for the future for not only us, but the cheetah and other animals we share our planet with,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder/CEO of Formula E.
“We only have one planet and we must address the issues we currently face from the source and electric cars can play a key role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions worldwide,” he said.