For Gul Panag, it’s life on the fast lanes

The actor becomes the first Indian woman to Drive Formula E racing car in Barcelona

Gul Panag poses for a picture before driving the Formula E Racing car in Barcelona.   -  Special Arrangement

When it comes to taking challenges, Gul Panag is always ready!

The actor, who is known for his interests in motorsport and adventure sports, has now added another feather on her cap—becoming the first Indian woman to drive a Formula E racing car. On Wednesday, she drove Mahindra Racing’s all new M4Electro at the Circuit de Calafat in Catalonia, Spain, to achieve the momentous feat.

“I feel privileged to know that I am amongst very few people in the world to drive this car, on what is only its second outing,” Gul said after the drive, adding: “I felt like I was driving the future.”

The M4Electro is Mahindra Racing’s fourth generation Formula E racing car, and its Season 4 challenger with its sights set on creating racing history.

To ensure that Gul could take on this formidable challenge, Mahindra Racing Formula E Team driver, Felix Rosenqvist helped her perfect the driving technique on a simulator at Mahindra Racing’s Development Centre in Barcelona a day before she took to the track.

Driving a racing car is an extreme experience that requires a high level of fitness as the G forces create tremendous stress on the body. It requires specialised training to ensure lightning quick reflexes and a high level of precision.

“Most people can only imagine what it must be like to drive a racing car and fewer still get the privilege of actually driving one. So, we invited Gul to Spain to experience the power of the M4Electro first hand, especially since she’s already familiar with EV tech at the street car level,” said Team Principal, Dilbagh Gill.