Formula E, it is a lot like Formula 1 but the E stands for electric and hence is a cleaner form of racing. Before the Formula E Championship begins in December, the FIA decided to get involved in a different kind of race, one that took place in South Africa and the opponent was the most experienced racer of all time, a cheetah. The big cat has been known for ridiculous acceleration, clocking 0-30 times so outrageous that some of the quickest of quick machines built by man fall behind. A cheetah can accelerate to a top speed of 110-120 km/h, with a 0-100 km/h time of 3 seconds. The race served two purposes – one, Formula E could demonstrate that it is a green car and two, it could show off a bit in a video that does look cool, thanks to the cheetah. The animal happens to be one the most affected by the rising temperatures on Earth, and Formula E aims to spread awareness about the same.
The event was held “to bring attention to the disastrous effects of climate change,” according to Formula E. The car’s driver, Jean-Eric Vergne, happens to be a member of Formula E’s TECHEETAH team.
The Formula E car performs brilliantly, but the cat was quite the hero of the event. The audience seemed very pleased by the video and even more so by the 'kitty' in the words of a YouTube user:
“Both the TECHEETAH Formula E Team and I want to be part of raising awareness for the wider impact that climate change has on our planet,” Vergne said in a press release. “We do it mostly by showcasing and developing our electric cars across the world throughout the Formula E season, but we wanted to do more outside of the race track.”