As you sit on the Seine-side terrace sipping chardonnay in the sun, a busker with an ancient guitar channeling Jacques Brel just yards from your table is momentarily acoustically challenged by a pack of cars frantically racing each other down the city street, their motors producing a sci-fi whine that fills the spaces between the lyrics of Ne Me Quitte Pas. Sound interesting? This scene could be something of a reality next summer as the TTXGP has announced a race through the streets of the Parisien borough of Levallois-Perret along the river Seine. The electric motorcycle racing organization has spun off a new auto series called the EMXGP with the first announced race in partnership with GP-Elec to be held over the June 4th weekend.

Details from the official source are scarce but Joe Saward blogs that the circuit will be 1.8 miles in length with professional drivers piloting electric Porsches, Tesla Roadsters and others along riverside and neighborhood streets. The event is said to be free to the public and accompanied by an exhibition of technology and community events. We are most intrigued by a mention of an electric go-kart track. As one might expect, the course will also host a motorcycle race at the same time though that event hasn't yet officially been announced. More details as they become available. Official press release after the break.

[Source: eGrand Prix / Joe Saward's Grand Prix Blog]


PRESS RELEASE:

Electric cars and motorcycles in Paris

15th December 2009
EMXGP the eGrandPrix is delighted to announce its partnership with GP-Elec, the organisers of the first electric car race and electric motorcycle event taking place in the city centre of Levallois, Paris in June 2010.

M. Patrick Balkany, Maire of Le Levalllois (Paris) and MP of "Les Hauts-de-Seine was delighted to confirm yesterday evening that the city of Levallois (Borough of Paris) will host next June 4, 5 and 6 the GP-Elec event, the first electric car and electric motorcycle event in Paris.

The race and the week end event is taking place in Levallois-Perret. The track is bordering Neuilly and the Seine with VIP hospitality located on the Ile De La Grande Jatte, opposite to Quai Michelet between the Passerelle and the Pont de Levallois.

The novelty and the scale of this exciting new sporting event, which is designed to appeal to the public at large, will present a unique race programme and a variety of recreational activities . This event is in line with the active course of action Patrick Balkany is pursuing in his political career for lasting development and protection of the environment.

Azhar Hussain, Founder and CEO eGrandPrix, said, "We are tremendously proud to partner with the city of Levallois in Paris and GP-Elec to deliver an event that will be a milestone in history as we transcend to the next generation of technologies and racing. The French have a heritage of innovation and technology, and it is appropriate and fitting that they have been the most imaginative in helping deliver such an important event at such a crucial ecological moment in human history."

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