With my body recovering from my covid infection I spend the last weekend in bed trying to keep up with the motorsport world. Formula One in Imola with F2, F3 and the Porsche Supercup, the second NLS race and the 12h race in spa. There was a lot going on and that’s just the motorsport I care for. There were lots of other events as well, I am sure. But while I was laying there watching, I started to wonder if we will be able to see the very same sport in 10 years of time.
The world has come to a conclusion. Fuel burning engines are the worst! I can understand why people believe so, I really can. The media is full of misleading informations. But can this change in the customers mindsets influence the niche market motorsport? Or will it strengthen the community due to the future restrictions on the road? The funny thing about the discussion is of course the wrong approach. Comparing apples with pears was never a good idea. Our grandma’s taught us that years ago. But we haven’t listened! And so an electric car is the preferred weapon of choice these days, not because it’s better for the environment, but because someone in a fancy committee decided that we do not look at the whole picture, but just at the emissions that come out of a car. Of course this comparison can not be right and of course we all know about this, let’s call it “little” problem of our numbers. But nobody cares!
The future of motorsport doesn’t rely on its CO2 footprint, but on the marketing strategy. You can use synthetic fuels and get the most efficient race series of the world, but still you will have to defend your idea against 13 year old children that do not care about facts, but about ideologies. Driving in circles on the weekends might be as painful for the environment as organizing climate protests around the world, but still motorsport will be seen as the enemy.
The longer I think about this the closer I get to a mental breakdown. In a world in which numbers and facts do not matter any longer, how can we keep a cool head and keep on going forward? The solution? Don’t think about it! Motorsport will never die. Car racing started once there were two cars on this world and as long as we will find at least two cars, the race is still on. Of course motorsport has to change, but I don’t think that it has to change that much! The future belongs to the person that yells the loudest, we have learned that one so far. And our race cars can be pretty loud, can’t they? 😉
See you next time!