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Watch Felipe Massa drive an e-kart at SM Mall of Asia

As part of the 2018 FIA Sport Conference this week

The FIA has brought in four units of this e-kart. PHOTO BY VERNON B. SARNE

As we told you in February, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile has chosen the Philippines as the venue for its annual Sport Conference, making us the first Asian country to host the event. The purpose of this conference is for FIA members and affiliates to discuss and sort out pressing issues and emerging trends that affect world motorsports today.

Yesterday, the three-day conference officially opened at Conrad Manila in Pasay City, with FIA president (and Michael Schumacher’s former boss at Scuderia Ferrari) Jean Todt gracing the activities. The only way you can be part of this affair is if you’re a delegate or an accredited journalist.

But here’s the good news: The motorsport demonstrations scheduled for today (June 5) and tomorrow (June 6) are open to the public. To be held at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds, the driving exhibitions are absolutely free of charge.

Check out this electric kart at Conrad Manila. PHOTO BY VERNON B. SARNE

For June 5, at 5pm to 6pm, spectators will be able to watch X-cross car and drifting demos. But the real treat is reserved for June 6, at 2pm to 4pm, when racing fans will get to witness gymkhana and e-kart drivers doing their thing. It is here where you can see former Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa of Brazil steering an electric kart and setting a lap time that other drivers will attempt to beat (best of luck to them).

According to Todt, “e-karting will be demonstrated at the Youth Olympic Games later this year in Buenos Aires (Argentina).”

A source from the local organizing committee told VISOR that the FIA had brought in four e-karts for the driving demonstrations (one is displayed at Conrad Manila). So, if you love speed and are free today and tomorrow, you know where to be at.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.