With innumerable movements and platforms dedicated to spreading awareness regarding climate change, one player has emerged as the victor: Formula E. This breathtaking video below shows both the beauty of the cars but also why this sport is so important.
A motorsport that doubles as one of the most eco-conscious brands and platforms – who would have thought? Well, the folks behind Formula E sure did. What started off as a crazy ‘what if’ idea has quickly grown into a powerhouse of both a sport and global platform for eco-awareness.
Formula E, the all-electric motorsport, hasn’t just eliminated noxious exhaust fumes from their vehicles, they’ve dedicated the mission of the entire sport to be one built on reliability, sustainability, and environmental consciousness.
Does it sound ludicrous when we say that they’ve cut down on their carbon footprint by over 50% of what it was from their first season? Because it’s true. On top of that, nearly every facet of the sport has taken environmental impact into account.
It’s no secret that many of the world’s species have been threatened by rapidly changing climate. As global temperatures increase, habitats shift and many of the incredible animals we share our Earth with are in danger of losing the land they so desperately need to survive.
A central figure in the risk of climate change is the cheetah. Perhaps no other animal faces a higher risk of extinction than our speedy furry friends. As global temperatures rise and plants wilt due to lack of hydration, the animals that graze on those plants either migrate or die out.
In either case, they vacate the hunting grounds of the cheetah, and the charismatic cats are left with nothing to hunt and very little habitable real estate. Every little bit that we can do to help save their habitat helps, and Formula E is leading the charge in the world of Motorsports.
From engine fuel and tires to track location and battery efficiency, Formula E has done their utmost to tick all of the boxes on environmental impact. Tracks are erected in the city centres of many dense metropolitan cities in an effort to not only promote the sport to as wide and diverse of an audience as possible, but to give attendees the option of showing up to the event via public transportation – dramatically cutting down on the event’s carbon footprint.
The very engines within the FE cars operate on a 100% renewable glycerin fuel, and all tires used within the season see themselves fully recycled, so they can go on turning around the track once more in a future life. While there have been attempts at making motorsports eco-friendlier, none have come as far as Formula E has – and none look capable of matching their commitment either.
For this reason, we can hardly call Formula E solely a motorsport – it is an eco-awareness platform made manifest through a popular racing series. All that one would find within a velocity-hungry sport is there, but all that surrounds the sport pushes and advocates for more environmental awareness. That alone is worth writing home about.
Formula E has a long way to go if it wants to see its desire of being the world’s premier motorsport, but the dedication the sport has shown thus far is heralding an all-electric future with FE at the helm. In time, battery cell technology will catch up to – and surpass – traditional combustion tech. And when that time comes, the traditional fare of motorsports just won’t be able to keep up with the new kids on the block.
If we’re being perfectly honest? We can’t wait to see that happen.