It’s easy to mock Green GT’s plans to go racing at Le Mans with an all-electric car in 2011, but maybe that’s to miss the point.

Sure, when any little-known manufacturer says that it isn’t releasing full technical details of a car ‘to keep them secret’, you have to wonder if it knows itself fully what it intends to do, or how it intends to make its plans happen.

Likewise, the suggestion that ancillary electronic systems will be powered with help from solar panels sounds all very well – until you consider the perils of nightfall during a 24-hour race.

But on a wider level perhaps we should be applauding the plucky Swiss squad for having such ambition – and even more importantly cheering the open-minded attitude of the Le Mans organisers to welcoming in alternatively-powered cars.

Electric Le Mans concept car

The ACO Le Mans has long operated in a steadfastly individual manner but, as frustrating as this can be, its way of doing things occasionally throws up regulations that are inspired and far-sighted.

It has led the way by opening up the rules for diesel-powered cars, and now it could push the boundaries – and public awareness - of electric car development in much the same way.

If it manages that, F1 may be left looking back on its rather lame efforts to adopt (or possibly not adopt, depending on who’s shouting loudest at the team meetings this week) KERS systems rather ruefully in a couple of years time.

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