04/05/2020

Should Motorsport go electric?

The global warming crisis has been hitting the headlines across the world for several years. Greta Thunberg’s cry for a better world has been heard, and more people than ever are listening.

The production of electric cars increased by 66% in 2019 from the previous year. Governments across the world are also announcing plans to remove diesel engines from the road and focus on other energy sources. But where does this leave motorsport?

One of the most memorable aspects of motorsport is the ear-deafening sound of a combustion engine. They’ve been a vital aspect of the sport for over 60 years, and thousands of engineers have worked hard over time to perfect their performances.

Yet, with the global climate crisis calling, people in the industry are starting to ask whether the sport should switch to electric power.

Formula E was established in 2014 as an eco-friendly alternative for drivers. Lucas Di Grassi, who was the first driver to commit to the Formula E racing series said “I see in the long-term future a very low probability that combustion racing will be allowed, especially in developed countries. So, either F1 stays as F1, but it will have to go electric, or you merge it with Formula E.”

A recent recruit for Formula E, is former F1 racing driver Felipe Massa, he said “it’s not impossible” in regard to the two brands merging.

The challenge comes from whether electric cars can be engineered to replicate the fast and exciting world of F1. Currently, the technology isn’t there to provide the same thrilling experience fans have come to love.

The future may hold the answer, and you could be a part of it. By studying Motorsport and Automotive Performance Engineering at the University of Bolton, you can learn in state-of-the-art facilities and have the chance to be involved in this landscape shift.

If you want to find out more about the courses on offer, click here.

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