Who would in a head-to-head drag race between a FIA Formula E Championship car and a Cheetah?
The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) Formula E released a clip of the race between the cheetah and Formula E Championship car.
Imagine this – Jean-Eric Vergne, a Formula E car and…a cheetah on an abandoned airstrip southern Africa. So not your basic head to head and for those of you with limited imagination you’ll see it soon enough.
“We knew the similarities in performance between the Formula E car and a cheetah, so we were curious to see the outcome,” said Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.
Apart from ultimate bragging rights, the FIA claim that there is a more important reason for this race.
“Aside from being the fastest land animal, the cheetah is one of the most endangered creatures on the planet. With just 7000 remaining in the wild, the species is wide-ranging and sparsely distributed, needing large landscapes to survive, which makes it particularly vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation – threats that are exacerbated by a changing climate,” said Formula E founder.
He added that Formula E is offering more than a global motorsport championship, that the all-electric street racing series aims to provide a solution to climate change by acting as the catalyst for the uptake of electric vehicles, particularly large cities.
Encouraging more people to switch to smart, electric car, making it possible for our society to be cleaner for future generations while helping to preserve habitats for animals like the majestic cheetah.
“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. 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 C02 emissions worldwide,” said Agag.
So they had the car, now the needed a driver and who better to call than TECHEETAH driver Jean-Eric Vergne?
“There are only around 7,000 cheetahs still living in the wild and we have a strong desire to raise awareness for the main threats they face, such as illegal trade of cubs for pets, loss of prey due to habitat loss and fragmentation aggravated by climate change. I’m really proud to have participated in this film and stay tuned for some exciting news to come following the documentary,” said Vergne.
This film was overseen by conversation experts and animal welfare organisations and is released in partnership with Animal Issues Matter, Cheetah Outreach and Endangered Wildlife Trust.
What is Formula E
Formula E is a new FIA motor racing championship featuring single-seater cars powered exclusively by electricity.