Go ahead, feast your eyes on the kinds of vehicles that might compete in the FIA's upcoming Formula E. Maybe it's the enclosed cockpit, maybe it the Alien-esque color and lines, maybe it's just us, but the just-unveiled Bluebird GTL Formula E racing car concept looks for all the world like something that would slither instead of speed.

Unveiled yesterday at the Bluebird Centenary Celebration, the Bluebird GTL prototype is an all-electric vehicle that comes from a long history of going fast. Unfortunately, specifics on the Bluebird GTL's powertrain are still under wraps. All Bluebird will say is, "100 years after Sir Malcolm's first win in 'Blue Bird', the Bluebird team unveil their latest vehicle. The Bluebird legend continues..." Speaking with The Charging Point, Bluebird's Don Wales said

Formula-E represents the birth of a new era for us. Where we struggle with [financial] support for land speed record attempts, the circuit racing car is going to be more attractive to potential sponsors. Formula-E really is the future, definitely. Electric racing, with the FIA behind it, is going to be a big thing, and if we're in it at the dawn of that then Bluebird should be a very strong brand for the future.

The Formula E racing series was first discussed by the over a year ago and by late last summer, details were starting to take shape. Races should start in 2014.


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      Dave D
      • 2 Days Ago
      Geez, it makes the Batmobile look tame...And I'd pay good money to drive it at the 'Ring or around Circuit de la Sarthe!!! It will be a long time before we can run them in an endurance race, a LONG time, unless we go to battery swapping or some type of range extender, H2, etc. But it is would be so cool to see what it could do for pure speed. I have to admit, I'm really excited to see what the Hammerhead will do next year.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Days Ago
      Oh, boy! It's a Michael Keaton Batmobile with a Batman Forever center wing.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Days Ago
      the design is a little busy but looks fairly aero. white might look better. perhaps smooth hubs
        BipDBo
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Agree on the white. That color makes it look like something I turded.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Days Ago
      Electric-powered racing is really starting to hit the big time! Just the other day, the Hammerhead GreenGT was the invited to occupy Pit 56 at LeMans in 2013. Sure, it'll be racing with an "experimental" designation, but what an accomplishment! "...two electric motors which produce around 540bhp, sitting on a bespoke chassis built by the Welter Racing team; Le Mans veterans throughout the 90s." "...a twin-motor powertrain that can power the 1,240kg chassis to an expected top speed of 186mph. By any measure, that's quick."