Promotion of cars over 100 years ago involved a heavy focus on motorsport which has continued ever since. So not surprising maybe to see that the Hydrogen Electric Racing Federation will introduce the “Hydrogen 500” race in 2009. Is the concept of racing hydrogen fuel cell-powered cars necessary to alter the image of “green” motoring, or to stimulate “innovation and technical creativity” from the automakers? Does the idea challenge traditional motorsport – or is it the only hope of its survival?
With the Vatican criticising the Dakar rally as “The Bloody Race of Irresponsibility” and questions over its impact on the inhabitants of the countries through which it passes, there are certainly concerns over the environmental credentials and relevance of traditional motorsport events.
Ventures such as GreenMotorSport are encouraging environmental racing – including karting at the entry level.