These electric karts could race in Germany someday.
The next Michael Schumacher or Sebastian Vettel might get their start in racing in an electric kart. A concept called the Electro Kart remains in the early stages right now, but a functioning prototype shows the initiative isn’t too far from reality. The vehicle even zipped around at the recent Formula E round in Berlin to demonstrate this possible future for the starting rung of motorsports.
The Electro Kart project is a collaboration among the FIA, Bosch Motorsport, Mach1, and the Deutscher Motor Sport Bund, which is Germany’s racing governing body. The firms don’t offer technical details about the little racer yet, but it looks suitably quick for competition in the video below. A Facebook post by DMSB president Hans Joachim Stuck claims the kart can go full throttle for 18 minutes and needs just 30 minutes to recharge afterwards.
“Within the FIA, we are very interested to further push alternative drives in racing. As karting usually is the beginning of a racing career, it is the ideal platform to do so,” Burkhard Göschel, head of the FIA Electric and New Energy Championships Commission, said about the concept.
Motorsport marketing and organizing agency IKmedia will coordinate the creation of a racing series for the Electro Kart. The firm’s announcement doesn’t offer a timeframe of when that could happen, though. You can get idea of the concept’s performance in the video below. It’s practically silent except for the squealing tires. The driver seems to enjoy the brief run, though.
FIA, DMSB, Bosch and Mach1 present electro-kart-study as part of the FIA Formula E Berlin ePrix
Great performance during test drive impresses safety car driver Bruno Correia
FIA and DMSB present first study of an electro-performance-kart
Bosch Motorsport and Mach1 support project as technical partners
Agency IKmedia responsible for project coordination
The high-class FIA Formula E Championship is excitement at its best – not merely in technical matters, as proven by encouragement through fans and media coverage.
In the future, the new generations of race drivers will most likely start their career as “electrical natives”. The “FIA Electric and New Energy Championships Commission” and the DMSB have therefore taken the Formula E race on May 21, 2016 in Berlin as an opportunity to present the first study of a fully electrically powered high-performance-go- kart.
Further push of alternative drives in racing
“Within the FIA, we are very interested to further push alternative drives in racing. As karting usually is the beginning of a racing career, it is the ideal platform to do so”, said Prof. Dr. –Ing. Burkhard Göschel, head of the responsible FIA-commission. Formula E safety car driver Bruno Correia, who tested the amazing performance of the electro-cart in Berlin on track, fully agreed. “Wow, unbelievable!,” was the conclusion of the Portuguese, who also started his career in a cart.
DMSB Secretary General Christian Schacht added: “We would like to support the FIAs future-orientated and very interesting electro-kart-project. As a high technology country, Germany has a specific obligation to show commitment for e-mobility in motorsport. We do so with the Formula E as well as concerning the new generation of kart drivers.”
Technical components on highest level
This project receives a high level support not only in matters of organization but also concerning the technical components.
Bosch Motorsport contributes its many years of experience and its race-tested technology in the field of powertrain systems and complete systems for motorsport. The karting experts of Mach1, a specialist in the sector of initial ignition, complete the technically high-leveled components. With their innovative e-kart-study, FIA, DMSB, Bosch Motorsport and Mach1 lay the foundations for “electrifying” high-performance kart racing. “Just as it has on roads, electrification will bring more excitement, driving pleasure, and greater efficiency to race tracks”, says Dr. Markus Heyn, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
Experienced motorsport-agency in charge of project coordination
The project will be coordinated and translated into action by the experienced motorsport- agency IKmedia, who have, with full responsibility, taken care of two racing series so far and are responsible for marketing and communication of the yearly DTM-race in Nuremberg. Oliver Schielein, Managing Director of IKmedia: “It is fascinating to see the performance this kart has offered from the first moment. The powerful Bosch powertrain system made it possible to, after only a few test-drives, realize lap times close to those of the DKM. I am sure, that there will be race drivers in the near future, whose careers will have taken their beginning in all-electric motor-driven vehicles.”