Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

video MOST POPULAR

Fur flies as cheetah races electric Formula E car

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 01:11

Racing driver Jean-Eric Vergne pits his electric car aginst a cheetah to highlight the endangered animal's plight.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

SHOWS: WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA (RECENT) (FORMULA E - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF CHEETAH WALKING TOWARDS FORMULA E CAR WITH DRIVER JEAN-ERIC VERGNE IN THE COCKPIT 2. WIDE OF CAR ON ROAD WITH CHEETAH ON THE GRASS VERGE 3. VERGNE CLOSING HIS VISOR 4. CHEETAH LOOKING DOWN TRACK 5. VERGNE GETTING READY FOR START 6. REAR VIEW OF THE CAR 7. WIDE OF ROAD 8. RACE STARTS, CHEETAH TAKES THE EARLY LEAD 9. VARIOUS OF CHEETAH RACING ALONGSIDE CAR 10. STOP MOTION OF FINISHING LINE WITH GRAPHIC SHOWING THE CAR WINNING BY A NARROW MARGIN 11. CHEETAH AFTER THE FINISH 12. CAR TURNING 13. VERGNE STROKING CHEETAH'S HEAD WITH GRAPHIC READING: "The cheetah is one of the 10 animals most at risk of climate change" 14. VERGNE AND CHEETAH WITH CAR, ONSCREEN BRANDING FOR CHARITIES 'ANIMAL ISSUES MATTER', 'CHEETAH OUTREACH' AND 'ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST', GRAPHIC READING: "No animals were abused or mistreated during the filming of this production." STORY: The cheetah is renowned for being the world's fastest mammal but is also one of its most endangered species. Recently the organisers of the environmentally-friendly Formula E racing series set up a race between one of their cars and a tame cheetah to highlight the impact of climate change on the African predator. With an acceleration of 0-100kph (62 mph) in three seconds the African predator is about as quick off the line as the Techeetah team's racing car and their French driver Jean-Eric Vergne - winner of July's Montreal E-Prix - agreed to take on an apparently tame four-footed opponent in a drag race. Video provided by Formula E shows the cheetah taking a lead off the line but eventually losing narrowly to the car, which has a top speed of 225kph (139 mph) compared to the animal's maximum of about 112kpm (70mph). According to the World Wildlife Fund the cheetah is endangered due to a loss of habitat, reduced prey and direct persecution. It is listed as 'vulnerable' in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species, which says only about 6,700 remain in the wild. A graphic at the end of the short film, which was shot on a landing strip in a remote part of South Africa's Western Cape, assures viewers no animals were abused or mistreated in the production.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Fur flies as cheetah races electric Formula E car

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 01:11