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Massa: Electric Karting “Very Important” for Future

Felipe Massa believes electric karting is integral for the future of single-seater racing…

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Newly-signed ABB FIA Formula E Championship driver Felipe Massa says that electric karting will become an integral part of the landscape of the single-seater ladder in future years.

Massa told e-racing365 that the introduction of electric karting into this year’s Youth Olympics in Argentina will build an important future foundation for young professional drivers.

“I think electric is part of the future, in karting, cars and bikes,” said the Brazilian ex-Formula 1 driver who is President of the FIA International Karting Commission.

“I think that the idea of this event in Buenos Aires, of trying to put a motorsport in the Olympic Games is amazing.

“The idea of promoting a championship when everyone has the same material on an electric kart I think it can be very, very important for the motorsport in the world of promotion.”

The Venturi Formula E team recently got its Next Gen Academy drivers to test e-karts at the Aragon Motorland circuit in Spain.

Massa is known to be taking an active involvement in the FIA’s CIK homologated e-karts which use powertrains in conformity with the FIA regulations drawn up by the Electric and New Energy Championships Commission in coordination with the CIK.

He believes that the advancement of battery powered karts will benefit in a development sense from the new strand of the sport being associated with the Olympic Games.

“It is still some years away, but the development of the electric batteries will grow massively,” he said.

“But I believe the racing on the electric karts is not 100 percent ready because Rental Kart is working really well but for a proper category, for the kids I am talking about, it is still a bit too heavy, I am talking about the safety point of view.

“But I am sure in a very short time we will speak in very different ways in how things are developing.

“It is definitely amazing this idea for motorsport in the Olympic Games and I am sure it will be very important for the Olympics as well.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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