An eight-time Olympic gold medalist made a surprise guest appearance at the 2024 Formula E season opener in Mexico City — and even took one of the cars for a test drive before the main event.
The person behind the wheel? The record-holding fastest man in the world: Usain Bolt, who ran the 100-meter dash in 9.58 seconds.
Bolt’s appearance and participation in the Formula E event was a fantastic way to bring more attention to the sustainable motorsport competition in which drivers race specially modified electric vehicles.
🏎️♾️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/cR0FpROFnn— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) January 16, 2024
“It is like a rocket ship on wheels. Getting the chance to drive it was a mind-blowing experience. The power from the start was such a surprise, and the adrenaline you got is on a different level, easily,” Bolt said, as reported by The Independent.
“Driving the GenBETA was like nothing I’ve experienced before; I was told that as soon as you drive, you don’t want to stop or get out, and they were right. I would do it every day if I could,” he continued.
Formula E racing has been receiving more celebrity endorsements and features in the media, and its rising popularity may be a significant step toward creating a cooler, cleaner future for the Earth.
Traditional motorsport competitions like Formula One rely on gas-powered engines, but Formula E’s electric vehicles are a much more environmentally conscious alternative, as their tailpipes produce zero pollution during races. That means they’re not pumping harmful pollutants into the air while zooming around the track.
The Formula E events also tend to promote more eco-friendly practices by incorporating sustainability-related educational sections in their fan zones, removing single-use plastics at their event sites, extending the life cycle of lithium-ion batteries, and not providing public parking at races to encourage fans to opt for public transport instead.
“As a former track and field athlete and a fan of single-seater racing for more than a decade….this is awesome,” one racing enthusiast commented on Formula E’s official YouTube video of Bolt in the GenBETA.
“He’s found a new level of speed,” another person wrote.
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