The landscape of motorsports categories is set to change, FIA president Jean Todt predicts. With a global series as Formula E as a trendsetter, other types of racing will follow. Racing with electric GT cars is not far away and the first rulebook for electric rallying is being drafted.
Todt is a frontrunner when it comes electric racing. He was first to provide a global platform for new sustainable technologies. Back in 2011 he launched a tender to initiate world’s first global racing series with formula cars, now known as Formula E.
In the latest edition of FIA’s magazine AUTO, he speaks about where motorsports could be heading. He foresees a future for hydrogen electric race cars and autonomous functionalities in the sport. “I’m convinced that hydrogen will be a technology that will be used in the future,” said Todt.
“Maybe in five years the zero car in rallying will be a driverless car. I think motor sport is changing, will keep changing. But we must make sure that we keep the best ingredients together.
“Again, that is one of our responsibilities – to decide not what we will do next year, but what Formula One should be in 2021, in 2030 – what rallying should be, what endurance racing should be.
“The heart of the sport will still be there but it has to take into consideration the evolution of society.”
With the growth of electric cars on the road and manufactures pushing for, mostly, battery electric vehicles, no doubt society is turning in that direction rapidly. When it comes to racing there is a fair start with Formula E racing in its third season, but this is just the beginning.