FIA electric karting concept breaks cover
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.”