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Actress Gul Panag Becomes First Indian Woman To Drive Formula E Car

Actress Gul Panag Becomes First Indian Woman To Drive Formula E Car

Mahindra Racing (a unit of Mahindra and Mahindra) on Wednesday announced that the actress Gul Panag had become the first Indian woman to drive a Formula E racing car.

“I have been a motorsport enthusiast forever… I was extremely delighted to hear that there is going to be an electric race… I have shoved my racing ambassadorship down Mahindra’s throat because I am such a big fan,” Gul said in a statement.

“I think this for me is like being at home. Over the years I have seen a lot and have gained more experiences but I just feel like all of that is when I could come here”, she added.

Ms. Panag is a well known automobile enthusiast, and was one of the most vocal voices welcoming Formula One racing to India. She drove the M4Electro at the Circuit de Calafat in Catalonia,Spain. The M4Electro is a Mahindra fourth generation Formula E race car and a Season 4 challenger. Before driving a race car on track she trained on a simulator with Mahindra Racing Formula E Team driver, Felix Rosenqvist, at Mahindra Racing’s Development Centre in Barcelona.

After driving the M4 Electro, Gul Panag said “I feel privileged to know that I am amongst very few people in the world, including the motorsports world, to drive this car on what is only its second outing. The M4Electro is supercharged and feels like the e2oPlus on steroids! The powertrain and the speed of delivery did not take me by surprise because I am already familiar with EV technology, having driven the e2oPlus for a while now. With the M4 Electro, Mahindra has also proved that it is well ahead of the curve when it comes to transportation and is thus, well positioned to shape the future of mobility. In fact, I felt like I was driving the future!”

Also, Gul Panag is an owner of Mahindra’s e2oPlus electric car, powered by a 210 AH lithium ion motor that produces two tunes of power 25 hp and 40 hp of power. The electric car is available in three variants P4,P6 and P8 and sells at a price range between Rs 7.40 lakh to Rs 11.21lakh, on road, Delhi.



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