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Todt: Growing Formula E Still “Fragile”

Jean Todt says Formula E has achieved a great deal but still needs time to fully evolve…

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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is still growing and needs further time to fully mature, according to FIA President Jean Todt.

Todt also believes that the early supporters and pioneers of the championship will be rewarded for their vision in ensuring the series continues to thrive.

“Formula E is our baby because it is the youngest. It’s a well-educated baby but still not yet the champion we want to have,” Todt told e-racing365.

“It is a demonstration that with enough energy and passion that you can make it [strong].

“So it’s good because it is rewarding all the efforts the commercial rights holders, the teams and competitors who believed in it. But, I think that it’s fragile.”

Todt alluded to the growing popularity of Formula E and the fact it embraces future technologies that are projected to be a significant part of future transportation and urban mobility.

“When we go from hybrid engine with one exhaust noise in F1 we create an earthquake in the motoring world,” he said.

“Here we are talking about cars without noise, with a completely different approach.

“On the one side it is very innovative and fresh approach but completely different. So we are happy because I think that people like it.”

Todt lauded the work done by the FIA and a network of suppliers which has achieved the objective of creating a new car which can complete a race distance and use almost double the useable energy of the existing package.

“Now we have a next very important step next season,” Todt explained.

“For me racing is not only a shout is also a laboratory and both have been working well, because through this laboratory we have been able to move from two cars to one car.

“So, all that has been very difficult, very engaging, but definitely very pleasing.”

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



  1. Anonymous

    May 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I predict that within the next 15 years Formula-e will replace Formula 1 and LMP1 as the motor industries primary method for testing all electric and battery technology. I also predict that all GT Class cars in most global Championships will be purely electric within the next 20 years. There are a few big presumptions in there but it appears that the wheels of change are turning. I think Jean Todt needs to start rethinking his long-term priorities for global Motorsport once the Internal Combustion engine has been resigned to the history books of technology, which unfortunately is coming sooner than we realise.

    • Kris G.

      May 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      I wouldn’t say ‘unfortunately’, it’s a natural evolution. Despite being contemporaneous to Petrol powered cars, took longer for EVs to be a viable option because the technology wasn’t ready. From batteries to software we had to wait for industries to mature to achieve the status quo that make the current generation of EVs an alternative. Tesla proved that a desirable EV does sell in numbers, now it’s a question to improve and refine the technology. With the Tesla Model 3 we can have a viable alternative to a BMW 3 Series and with the Rimac C_Two a more powerful sport-car than any Ferrari V12 will ever be. Time does move on.

  2. Way2Go

    May 8, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Does anyone actually attend these “events”

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