A plenary session at the recent FIA conference debated “The Future of Powertrain Technologies: Towards Sustainable Motorsport and Mobility”. The discussion involved various representatives of national sporting authorities and the FIA, and focused on the topic of clean powertrain technology in the context of motorsport and the motor industry at large.
Motorsport UK President David Richards opened the discussion, stressing the importance of not depriving existing competitors of their rights in the pursuit of sustainable motorsport. “We have to strike a balance,” he said. “We have 30,000 members, licensees, who have existing cars and want to participate, and we also have a demand from the general public who want us to move towards sustainability. We cannot deprive existing licensees of the right to vote, but we must show leadership. We should introduce it at the junior levels. For example, Cadet Karting is an easy level to introduce. We have governments that focus on electrics to the exclusion of everything else, and we need to make them understand that motorsport is a great platform to transform transportation very quickly. “
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