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F1 news - F1 to go electric? - 2011
The FIA is set to work together with the
European Commission on creating a new racing series for electric cars to raise
public awareness of new-technology vehicles.
FIA president Jean Todt has set up an electric-car
commission to 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.
“We want as soon as possible to have new categories with new
energy,” said Todt. “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.
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.