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Refuel at MAZDA Raceway Laguna Seca – Click above to watch video after the jump

For the third straight year Speed Ventures is hosting Refuel at Laguna Seca. The event gives electric vehicle (EV) owners a chance to take their ride for a spin on a world-famous race track. For you more competitive types, there is also a chance to race against the clock and win a TT Electric trophy. This year's edition will happen on June 26, and pre-registration required, so if you feel like hooning your new Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt, let them know you're coming. The best part? It's free!

If you don't have a vehicle but are interested in checking out some of the latest and greatest production electric cars, motorcycles, prototypes, and conversions out there, there is a $10 entrance fee. While we have no specifics yet on who might be attending, we imagine Refuel 2011 will be even busier than last year. To get an idea what the previous event was like and what to expect, hit the jump for an excellent promotional video.

[Source: Refuel]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been on the track with my 1978 R100RS MS back in the early 80's. Maybe it's time to see what lap times I could turn in my NmG!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would be fun if my LEAF got here in time. But even if it were, how would I get it there (400+ miles) with a non-existent quick-charge infrastructure in a decent amount of time without towing it?
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those who can afford it, there's the winner in that price category: The Tesla.
      The Tesla is a Killer EV.
      We are at the dawn of the new transportation age.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn, this would be fun but I have family obligations that day! I've been meaning to see if my Subaru wheels and tires will fit my Leaf as that would certainly help.

      I don't see any mention on the refuel website about charging being available. I could limp down there from home at slow speeds, but the battery would be empty when I arrived. It would be more practical to tow the car there (I have a dolly).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any volt whos ICE engine comes on should be kicked off the track. Keep it Electric only please.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Ian brings an upgraded Atom. one able to devastate a Veyron, maybe even a Zonda R
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's just sit back and think about this: GM and Nissan are Leading the electric charge. GM, an American Company is one of the contenders, and depending upon your outlook is in first or second place.

      Relish the fact that GM has Earned being in the spotlight.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've registered my LEAF. I've got some SCCA solo time in one of my Minis, and some time on the Willow Springs short course in the same car. Should be fun, even though I understand Laugna Seca (and The Corkscrew in particular) can be quite challenging.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Tires. Will they let you swap your stock rubber? I'm guessing the Leaf has some sort of low rolling resistance tires from the factory... great for range, not so great for lap times. :-)
        • 3 Years Ago
        I was wondering that. Might have to see if I can find some Nissan peeps with something sticker on wheels with the same PCD and offset that I can borrow/rent.

        Two things I can say for sure will be an advantage is that low center of gravity and the (relatively speaking) massive stock brakes!