Usain Bolt Experiences Record-Breaking Formula E Race Car in Mexico City

The fastest man ever over 100m and 200m, Usain Bolt, has broken yet another record while behind the wheels of a Formula E GENBETA race car in Mexico City this Saturday, January 13th according to ABB Formula E World Championships.

This feat was achieved by Usain Bolt after the Formula E GENBETA race car earlier this year smashed the official indoor land speed world record by more than 50 km/h reaching 218.71km/h inside the ExCeL London.

The multi-Olympic gold medalist drove the revolutionary Formula E GENBETA electric race car on a full lap of the track ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
And ahead of the 2023 Hankook Mexico City E-Prix which was also held on the same day.

An impressed David Coulthard, former F1 driver and Formula E TV presenter was quoted as saying – “Usain’s focus and desire to put in a strong performance. Put the world’s fastest man in this incredible race car and he was always going to push it to the limit. Once a champion, always a champion.”

Bolt accelerated from the start line on the track at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, achieving 0-60mph in 2.89 seconds and powering through 100m in 4.36 seconds – 5.22 seconds faster than his world record 100m time of 9.58 seconds.

“The GENBETA race car is like a rocket ship on wheels. Getting the chance to drive it was a mind-blowing experience. The power from the start was such a surprise and the adrenaline you got is on a different level, easily. Driving the GENBETA was like nothing I’ve experienced before. I was told that as soon as you drive, you don’t want to stop or get out and they were right. I would do it every day if I could. If I get more time, I will definitely go faster.”

Usain Bolts on the experience

Jeff Dodds, Formula E CEO adds – “Usain Bolt is electric. What could be more Formula E than bringing together two world record holders – Usain Bolt and our GENBETA race car – just to see what happens? Usain broke the world record 15 years ago, and nobody has come close to beating it since. He came to our race event today with that same determination and confidence to step out of his comfort zone, get in our incredible race car, and see what he could do. He’s also asking me if he can come back tomorrow and see if he can go even quicker.”

The GENBETA features a range of modifications to effectively ‘unlock’ the specifications of Formula E’s GEN3 race car.

Introduced last season, the GEN3 is the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built. With a top speed of more than 322 km/h (200 mph), the GEN3 is used by the 11 teams and 22 drivers in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

As the world’s first all-electric FIA World Championship and the only sport-certified net zero carbon since inception, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings dramatic racing to the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities providing an elite motorsport platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to accelerate electric vehicle innovation.

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Lance Cameron
Lance Cameron
Lance is the Publisher and Chief Editor at BITVoxy. He writes about business, digital culture, crypto, gaming, tech, entertainment, and more. He considers himself a Digital Explorer and News Junkie.

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