(Alhuria) — Aged just seven Sebastien Buemi was already on track to become a Formula E world champion.
Like most young motorsport fans he had a Scalextric set, racing the original battery-powered race cars on a winding, modelt track
“I loved it,” Buemi said. “But I would not haveimagined I would one day drive a real electric racing car.”
Fast forward 20 years and the Swiss powered a full-size electric car to the Season Two Formula E world title.
Now the Nissan e.dams star reveals how to drive an electric car — and why we should all prepare for an electric future.
How do you start an electric race car?
“The procedure in itself is quite similar to a Formula 1 car,” explains Buemi, who raced in F1 with Toro Rosso for three seasons.
“We have a button called the main switch and then the ignition to switch on all the software. We switch to move then you press a button to engage first gear – and you go!
“It’s a bit more easy to start and just go but there is a lot of software involved, even more than in F1, so when you have a bug or a problem sometimes it’s not so easy toss see
On the road: Tesla owners can even use an app on their smartphones to lock and unlock their cars.
What’s it like driving an electric car for the first time?
“It was a bit strange for the first few laps,” recalls Buemi, who had never driven an electric car prior to testing for the inaugural 2014/2015 Formula E season.