The Formula E series has already travelled tens of thousands of miles, across Asia and over to South America before its next two stops in America. After that its off to Europe before the season closer in London, where a charity called the Greenpower Education Trust is looking for ten teams of young children interested in racing to participate in a mini Formula E over their own.
“We will support each team of pupils every step of the way in the build of their very own electric racecar,” Jeremy Way, the trust’s CEO, said in the announcement. A similar event was first held in Buenos Aires (in the video above), where pint-sized electric cars veered this way and that across a miniature race course as part of the Formula E School Series. The action may not be as fast-paced as full-speed Formula E, but it’s every bit as entertaining to watch.
The goal of this project is to get more young kids interested in engineering and science, showing real-world applications of skill sets that don’t typically appeal to children. Kids will get to compete before the grand finale double-header at Battersea Park in front of what’s expected to be an “enormous” crowd. Having once skated between periods during a professional hockey game (Bring back the Hartford Whalers!!) I can honestly say it was one of the most exciting experiences of my young life.
Now replace ice skates with electric go-karts, and you’ve got something a whole lot cooler. Who knows, maybe one of these kids will end up a famous Formula E racer, one day?