It has always been a known fact that Cheetah is the world’s fastest animal to run in the land. The beautiful animal is able to hit a top speed of 70 to 75 mph which is approximately 120 km/h. The only vehicle to ever match the speed is the much-famed Formula 1 racing cars. In one of the most exciting races ever, a racing car driver took on a cheetah in an extraordinary drag stunt ahead of the Formula E season.
Jean-Eric Vergne, a Techeetah driver, challenged the fastest creature in the world in his all-electric Formula E car, with both competitors capable of reaching 60mph in three seconds. The proud cheetah, in the beginning, took a lead comfortably, reaching a staggering speed of 62mph (100 km/hour) in just three seconds. But after scene changed all too quickly. The man-made specially developed supercar gained speed and eventually defeated the animal, albeit by a whisker. The E-Formula 1 can travel at a speed of 140 km/h at its top speed.
The footage was released to raise awareness of the threat of climate change to animals such as cheetahs ahead of next week's UN Environment Assembly. The race was set up by Formula E and took place on a landing strip in a remote part of the Western Cape of the southern tip of Africa.
"We knew the similarities in performance between the Formula E car and a cheetah, so we were curious to see the outcome. But, what's even more important is to determine the outcome for the future of not only us but the cheetah and other animals we share our planet with,"
The new Formula E season begins on Saturday, December 2 in Hong Kong.