Formula E completed its first testing session at the Donington Park circuit, where the electric racing series' headquarters are located. Lucas di Grassi, driving for Audi Sport Abt, was kind enough to attach a GoPro video camera to his helmet to give us a pilot's-eye view of what its like to steer Formula E's Spark-Renault SRT_01E around the track at full speed.
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Nissan is pretty darn serious about being king of the EV industry. Just see what Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer has to say at the launch of the e-NV200: "When it comes to zero emissions, we're absolutely religious. We'll be the absolute, No. 1 leader in zero emissions. No doubt. That's our positioning." Bold words, to be sure. Toyota, on the other hand, ended its collaboration with Tesla (whom Nissan mustn't forget about in its quest to reign supreme in the EV world) to build the RAV4 EV, an
Detractors will tell you every Formula One race is the same: a bunch of overpaid, glorified cab drivers posing as athletes sit in cars that have nothing to do with the ones we see and drive on the road and proceed to drive around in circles. Of course racing fans know different. We know that no two grands prix are the same. But even then, some stand out more than others.
Travel about 80 miles west of London and you'll find yourself in Motorsport Valley. Like the Silicon Valley is to the high-tech industry and the Napa Valley is to California's vintners, Motorsport Valley is where the Formula One industry is located. You've got Red Bull and the new Honda engine shop in Milton Keynes, McLaren in Woking, Mercedes in Brackley and its engine operations in Brixworth, Lotus in Enstone, Williams in Grove, Caterham in Leafield, Marussia in Banbury and Force India at Silv
If you're a Formula 1 fan and you're ever in the vicinity of the British Midlands, it's definitely worth making a trip to the Donington Park race track. Doninigton hosted the European Grand Prix a couple of times in the mid-90s and has a great car museum on-site. The Donington Grand Prix Collection has the world's largest collection of Grand Prix cars including classic BRMs, Coopers, Maseratis, Ferraris, McLarens and of course Lotuses.