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Hydrogen, fuel cell: motorsport seeks to go green

Netflix’s hit series Drive to Survive alone will have given the passion for Formula 1 to a new generation of fans. But for how long? Even if the cars of Hamilton, Verstappen or Leclerc are more and more eco-responsible, they are still far from having completed their transformation. To become both politically and ecologically correct, they will have to go much further.

Abandon electric propulsion with batteries

The problems faced by the Formula E championship are in a way pointing the way to the next generation of motorsport. Two major manufacturers, Audi and BMW, have already left the game at the end of the 2020-2021 season. Mercedes should do the same this summer. For Formula E to have a future, it will undoubtedly have to abandon the electric propulsion with batteries it has used since its creation in 2014. Without waiting for a fourth generation of single-seaters, only planned for 2028, the founder of the competition did not hide that, beyond the more powerful engines expected for the 2022-2023 season, anything is possible. In other words, the use of hydrogen would fall within the scope of the license granted by the FIA. Because battery-powered racing cars quickly show their limit. Reduced autonomy, the weight of batteries or super-capacitors which becomes a handicap and relatively limited performance.

Increasing performance

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