Formula E car races on ice caps to highlight climate change


A Formula E racing car has taken to one of the most barren and inaccessible areas of the world in a stark warning against climate change.

The electric vehicle was airlifted to an Arctic Circle ice sheet in the north of Greenland, where Brazilian racer and runner-up in the last Formula E series Lucas di Grassi climbed behind the wheel and performed sprints and doughnuts on the tough terrain.
The aim of the stunt was to raise awareness of climate change and the impact of traditionally fuelled vehicles on the environment, in particular the Arctic's melting ice caps.

Thirty-two-year-old di Grassi said: "It was such a beautiful, peaceful place. To come here and see how huge the ice cap is and how the effect of global warming is changing it, melting it, gives me a completely different understanding of what we are doing with Formula E and the importance of driving electric cars."

In order to further explore the effects of the reducing ice caps, Formula E has joined forces with Southampton University. During the trip a tracking beacon was placed on a detached iceberg, and the public can follow its progress at my.yb.tl/greenlandiceberg.
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