• May 3, 2011
Former Stig Ben Collins in EV Cup 2011 Westfield iRacer – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's said that racing improves the breed, and if ever there was a breed of vehicles that needs improving, it's electric ones. The EV Cup is a racing series designed to encourage this very thing, and the announcement of its official 2011 inaugural calendar reveals dates at Laguna Seca in November and California Speedway in December. The seven-event season starts off with four races in the UK and one in Belgium.

It appears the concept has been fully embraced by former Stig Ben Collins, and he is expected to grip the wheel in at least one of three classes – a City EV class featuring race-prepared Think Citys, Sports EV with Westfield iRacers and a Prototype EV class. Another notable participant is Drayson Racing, who, despite some success last year in ALMS, has decided to place the entirety of its efforts into electric competition.

Hit the jump for the official calender and press release as well as video featuring organizer Sylvain Filippi discussing the series earlier this year.



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PRESS RELEASE

DATES AND CIRCUITS FINALISED FOR 2011 EV CUP - THE WORLD'S FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE RACING SERIES


LONDON (April 27, 2011) – The EV Cup, the world's first racing series exclusively featuring zero-emission electric vehicles, today released its finalised dates and circuits for its inaugural 2011 season.

The series launches with four races in the UK followed by a race in Belgium with two races in California completing the seven-race 2011 calendar.

The EV Cup 2011 schedule is:

Aug 6 Silverstone, England

Aug 20 Snetterton, England

Sep 10 Rockingham, England

Sep 18 Zolder, Belgium

Nov 6 Brands Hatch, England

Nov 26 Laguna Seca, USA

Dec 17 California Speedway, USA


Sylvain Filippi, one of the founders of the EV Cup, said: "We are very excited by the races we have organised for this year. Being able to add two races in California takes us in exactly the direction we have targeted. We only launched the EV Cup in January so to be able to arrange seven races in year one is a sign that the world is ready for electric car racing.

"We are now into detailed planning for each event. We want to combine the traditional excitement of motor racing with an event that showcases the latest in electric motoring technology. It is our intention to make each event a great day out. There will be bands playing between races and a chance for everyone to take a close up look at the latest electric cars."

Former Formula One British champion Damon Hill is a supporter of the EV Cup. "I think the time is fast approaching when we will have to rethink our expectations regarding private road transport generally. The advantages of electric vehicles in urban environments are too many to miss. Less noise and less direct pollution are just two. The race is to save the planet from us! Racing electric vehicles should convince the wider public of their potential. Racing was initially used to develop and prove a new product called the motor car. I see no reason why electric vehicle development will not benefit in the same way. Who knows what is ultimately possible?"

Ben Collins, who appeared in the popular television series Top Gear as The Stig and spoke at the launch of the EV Cup back in January of this year said: "Electric Vehicles represent a new dawn in motoring by running on clean energy that can be sourced as locally as organic sausages. It's surprising that mankind has taken so long to embrace the technology.

"Motorsport still offers the purest research and development platform to deliver the true potential of electric power and dynamic energy recovery; perhaps to a level that will shame the carbon combustion engine the way rubber tyres did the wooden cartwheel. EV is developing fast and the current crop of road cars are superb to drive. With a dedicated racing series that encompasses both road and racecar development, the next steps will be more like a quantum leap."


ABOUT EV CUP

Electric Vehicle Cup (EV Cup) presents the world's first 'green' motor racing series based totally around zero-emission electric cars, providing the platform for sustainable motor sport.


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      nothanks911
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously, "calender"? How about at least spell checking your headlines?
        cba20k
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nothanks911
        Dom misspelled *calendar* twice. This is what our colleges are contributing to the world of single-serving journalism.
          Domenick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cba20k
          Thanks for the heads up, though I'm not from the South, I suspect I've been spelling it wrong for a long time. No moar. Also, what is this "college" you speak of?
        Jac Zobel de Ayala
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nothanks911
        The writers are probably from the South. They spell things like "verses" instead of versus, "principal" instead of principle, etc. I guess that's what inbreeding does to ya.
      Jonathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is not the former stig. The former stig is dead.
      Jeffrey Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just saw some of his fifth gear episodes and I have to say, for someone who bashed top gear, they rely on his stig connection to the point you would think he was a nobody without being the old stig.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can someone tell those girls to move? I'm trying to look at the car.
      david opanga
      • 3 Years Ago
      since they have a problem with batteries lasting make them interchangeable! come into the pits have a contraption that can help switch docks of battery with a new one quickly and send them back out. obviously kinks would have to be worked out but it is possible and should extend the life of a race itself.!
      Dalexx
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow 4+ hr pit stops!
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ben who? (yes i know)
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      JUDAS!!! ;-)
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      That would be DRAYSON Racing, not Grayson.
      david opanga
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...and is the california superspeedway race on the road course or the nascar oval either one im in anticipation for!
      • 3 Years Ago
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