Formula E: The Anatomy of Speed

When you think of speed, do you think of electricity? You should. From the instantaneous crash of a lightning bolt into the earth, to the millions of electrical synapses that arc between the neurons that help make up who we are; electricity infuses the world around us in an instant.

So why, then, have electric cars been carrying the stigma of sluggishness for so long – and what will Formula E do to upend it?

Perhaps it’s due to the longer start-up period they’ve experienced in comparison to traditional combustion engines, but the electric cars of the last few years have had to go to great lengths to change public opinion over the viability of an electric future.

None have had to fight against the tide than the folks over at Formula E. Since it’s announcement, the all-electric series has beaten back talk of it being “too slow” or “underpowered”, or that it hadn’t earned its rightful place in the motorsport world.

Quite possibly the most social media savvy out of all the contemporary motorsports, Formula E has taken to educating both its viewers and the general public on the benefits of electric vehicles – and what better way that with the help of some four-legged feline friends?

Formula E partnered up with FE Team Techeetah’s Jean-Éric Vergne and an actual, live cheetah to help not only illustrate the zippiness of the cars, but to also bring awareness to the ever-rising problem of climate change and the species that are directly endangered by it.

The clip illustrates not only the marvel of nature that a cheetah’s physique is, but the long strides that Formula E have come in the development of their cars. Now capable of hitting a top speed of 150mph, the racing in FE is being dialed up continually – a 270 BHP motor sees to any need for speed that the teams should encounter.

Not content with being just a flash in the pan, Formula E has gone to great lengths to ensure that it rides the wave of electric vehicle development to the top. If it might seem like Formula E is moving at a rapid pace, that’s because it is. With its fourth season around the corner, the sport has garnered more interest from the rest of the motorsports world than ever before. With the likes of Porsche and Mercedes announcing their participation, the city-central tracks are about to get a lot more competitive.

The interest doesn’t just come from nowhere, mind you. The continuous emissions scandals that have been brought to light over the last few years have not painted a pretty picture of the automotive industry. It’s staring us right in our faces: green and emission-free energy is the way forward. Without it, our fuzzy friends like the cheetah will go the way of the dinosaur.

Formula E has positioned itself to be much more than just a motorsport. With the increased global focus on climate change, it is poised to become a platform for inciting action rather than just discussion. As the motors rev and tires warm for the upcoming season, Formula E will undoubtedly raise the bar once more.