Cheetah races Formula E car! Guess who wins? See video
Environment friendly racing series Formula E set up a race of its car against a cheetah, the fastest mammal in the world.other sports Updated: Nov 28, 2017 21:14 IST
The cheetah is renowned for being the world’s fastest mammal, but is also one of its most endangered species.
Organisers of the environmentally friendly Formula E racing series recently set up a race between one of their cars and a tame cheetah to highlight the impact of climate change on the African predator.
With an acceleration of 0-100kph (62 mph) the cheetah is about as quick off the line as the Techeetah team’s racing car, and their French driver Jean-Eric Vergne - winner of July’s Montreal E-Prix - agreed to take on an apparently tame four-footed opponent in a drag race.
Drag race: Formula E car vs an ACTUAL CHEETAH pic.twitter.com/8CRq2BnwZK— FIA Formula E (@FIAFormulaE) November 28, 2017
Video provided by Formula E shows the cheetah taking a lead off the line but eventually losing narrowly to the car, which has a top speed of 225kph (139 mph) compared to the animal’s maximum of about 112kpm (70mph).
According to the World Wildlife Fund the cheetah is endangered due to a loss of habitat, reduced prey and direct persecution. It is listed as ‘vulnerable’ in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of threatened species, which says only about 6,700 remain in the wild.
How to prepare for @FIAFormulaE Season 4: Race the fastest animal on earth!— Jean-Eric Vergne (@JeanEricVergne) November 28, 2017
Great to help raise awareness of the threat of climate change to wildlife ahead of next week’s UN Environment Assembly @TecheetahFE #UN #JEV25 pic.twitter.com/276agkfYhF
A graphic at the end of the short film, which was shot on a landing strip in a remote part of South Africa’s Western Cape, assures viewers no animals were abused or mistreated in the production.
First Published: Nov 28, 2017 21:08 IST