To highlight the impact of climate change on cheetahs and other wildlife, Formula E offered a head-to-head race between its fully electric car and a cheetah – the world’s fastest land animal – in a remote part of the Western Cape on the southern tip of Africa to determine which was quicker.
Both animal and racecar, driven by Montreal E-Prix race winner and TECHEETAH driver Jean-Eric Vergne, reach speeds up to 62 mph in about three seconds.
The video (below) was overseen by conservation experts and animal welfare organizations, and is released in partnership with Animal Issues Matter, Cheetah Outreach and Endangered Wildlife Trust.
“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. “But, 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. It was a close race… I won’t spoil it and give away the end result. You’ll have to watch the video to see that!”
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