Impossible for F1 to go all electric says Todt

Published on 15 Jun 2017 17:38

FIA president Jean Todt has stated that his belief that F1 will never go fully electric, and will always stay true to its petrol-based origins. The introduction of KERS in 2009 and then the new engine rules brought in in 2014 have seen a push towards more electrical based cars but Todt is adamant that petrol will always be the main method fuel source.

Todt claimed that "it’s impossible," for the series to join the fully electric series Formula E, which is now in its third season and proving to be highly successful, adding that "F1 is a totally different discipline".

Despite the distancing between the two formulas, he went on to say that he is happy with the amount of publicity that Formula E is attracting saying that: "We have a dozen manufacturers who want to get involved, and have been approached by some of the biggest cities in the world, Today there are brands like Renault that are in F1 and Formula E."

And Todt also speculated about the addition of more F1 teams participating in both disciplines saying in Le Journal de Montreal: "I am confident that one day Ferrari will follow suit, and we would like to see that."


Sam Gale

Replies (6)
US Rindtchamp 15 Jun 2017 19:110
Posts: 177
Thank heavens for that.. I've watched Formula E and it's just ghastly and so so dull. ..and quiet..
DK Jutlandia 15 Jun 2017 21:250
Posts: 150
The day F1 goes all electric, I'll shoot my television!
SE calle.itw 16 Jun 2017 07:270
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Not impossible, but its not a viable option. It'll probably take another 10-20 years before electric units before F1 is ready to go electric.
GB F1todayfan101 16 Jun 2017 13:020
Posts: 40
Is it just me or is FE getting less publicity this season? I didn't even know several of the races were on until I saw the results on AS. Maybe the novelty factor has worn off or the public have realised that changing cars half way through doesn't really paint a great picture of EVs.... it's ashame really as I think in the city venues it's great. They are terrible on real race tracks though.....
SE calle.itw 16 Jun 2017 18:370
Posts: 4186
The hype has sort of died down a bit, now that it is an established series. Thats common, and doesnt necessarily spell the end for a sport.
Posts: 7
The problem is that the whole car industry now is going electric since Toyota as the last manufacurer hopped on the bandwagon. Who's gonna produce fuel and engines when combustion engines is a thing of the past? A researcher has predicted that electric cars as a standard can be a reality as soon as within 8 years. And which car manufacturer like Merc or Ferrari would like to show "old-fashion" engines in the future? It has no commercial value to them. So either there will only be private teams or it will go electric and have "artificial" sound. Or F1 will just die.

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