Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is known for his supremacy in track and field, but the former sprinter has ventured onto another track, delving into Formula E racing.
Bolt is a well-known fan of Formula 1 racing and has been spotted at various Grand Prix races for the prestigious motor racing competition. Unlike Formula 1, which showcases hybrid race cars with engines powered by traditional fuel sources, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship features all-electric race cars.
Putting Formula E’s GENBETA race car to the test, Bolt got behind the wheel of the record-breaking vehicle to test his capabilities on the race track in Mexico City on Friday. The Olympian also shared a video on his Instagram page on Friday of his personalised Formula E helmet.
The helmet incorporates a green and black colour scheme and features the Jamaican flag, Bolt’s name, and his trademark “to di worl” logo, which showcases his iconic celebratory victory pose. Bolt was gifted the helmet by Formula E World Champion driver Jake Dennis.
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After meeting Dennis and Formula E CEO Jeff Dodds, Bolt struck his signature pose before starting his race. Formula E shared that Bolt went on to complete 100m in 4.36 seconds while navigating the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit track.
That time is 5.22 seconds faster than the former sprinter’s 100m world record of 9.58 seconds. Following the race, Bolt shared his experience driving the GENBETA race car and said that it is the first time in his life he is comfortable saying something is faster than he is. Bolt also joked that this is the first and last time he will admit to that.
In addition to meeting Dennis and speaking with former F1 star and Formula E TV presenter David Coulthard, Bolt was also introduced to Bajan Formula 2 driver Zane Maloney. Maloney will serve as a development driver and reserve driver in Formula E’s 10th season, which kicks off today.
Watch the video below.