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.

Tim is co-founder of and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.


  1. FIA president Jean Todt’s visionary leadership has largely contributed to the global adaption of clean mobility. He immediately supported Alejandro Agag’s vision to create Formula E, when all other leagues dismissed even the slightest discussion around alternative approaches to auto racing.
    Jean Todt should also embrace aspects of IT innovation.

    Sven Hackmann


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