FIA elec­tric karting con­cept breaks cover

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An elec­tric kart built un­der the watch of the FIA was demon­strated for the first time ahead of last week­end’s Berlin For­mula E round.

The kart has been built by Ger­man man­u­fac­turer Mach1 uses a 20kw pow­er­train built by Bosch that can re­cu­per­ate en­ergy as well as de­ploy it.

Its 48-volt lithium bat­tery is housed in a con­tainer inside the left side­pod, with the starter gen­er­a­tor inside the right side­pod.

The project is be­ing over­seen by the FIA Elec­tric and New En­ergy Cham­pi­onships Com­mis­sion. It is un­der­stood it will most likely be used at se­nior level na­tion­ally but could also form the ba­sis of the pro­posed FIA ekart­ing Cup (see Motorsport News, March 16).

The demon­stra­tion run was car­ried out by Bruno Cor­reia, the For­mula E safety car driver.

“The ac­cel­er­a­tion is un­be­liev­able,” said Cor­reia af­ter driv­ing the kart on the FE track. “And its top speed is also re­ally ex­cep­tional.

“I had great fun driv­ing this pro­to­type and I am sure it will be a great suc­cess.”

New Mach1 kart uses 20kw pow­er­train built by Bosch

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