Love it or hate it, the environmentally-conscious Formula E is still alive and kicking. As the controversial series gears up for its third season, a Formula E car was airlifted to an arctic ice cap for what has to be the coldest series of donuts ever attempted.
The video begins as you might expect; a sharply worded message regarding the state of climate change and the contributions of the automotive industry to global warming. It posits since ten percent of the world’s greenhouse gasses are caused by cars, the world is in need of “an automotive revolution.”
Regardless, seeing a Formula E perform an icy donut is an impressive visual. Aside from a high-pitched whine and the crunch of snow and ice, the car is nearly silent. According to the video, this is a world’s first, a claim we’re willing to believe.
The man behind the carbon fiber wheel is known racer Lucas di Grassi, a driver who cut his teeth in Formula 1 and the FIA Endurance Championship. Unlike the horsepower monsters from Formula 1 the WEC, di Grassi’s Formula E car puts out just 270 hp in qualifying spec, and just 180 hp in “economy” mode.
Take a look at the first donuts ever attempted on an arctic ice cap in the video below.