There’s no denying that Aussies love our car racing. We love it loud, fast and packed full of V8 power. But with an electric car racing revolution revving up overseas, and Supercars unveiling a hybrid-ready Gen3 model in time for the 2023 series, it’s time to ask ourselves whether a nation of self-confessed petrolheads are really ready to embrace battery powered vehicles alongside the grunt of a V8 experience?
What is electric car racing?
Electric car racing is a category of motorsport that uses electric powered vehicles run by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries instead of fuel power. Electric race cars can compete in their own official category, or in an open series against fuel-powered race cars. In Australia, we don’t yet have an official electric car racing category (more on that later) but interest in hybrid vehicles is growing, especially amongst Supercars fans who expect to see them racing by 2023.
Overseas, electric car racing is known mostly for the F1A Formula E Championship which boasts a substantial following and hosts sold out events across Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.