The FIA's Formula E World Championship is picking up steam. We reported earlier this week that the series had confirmed a ten-race calendar that would start in 2014 and bring the series to North and South America, Europe and Asia. We also mentioned that Formula E's boss Alejandro Agag was in the process of recruiting teams for the new series, with a particular focus on the front runners of Formula One.
Electric Car Racing
The idea of electric vehicle racing isn't exactly new, whether you're talking about two-wheeled thrills in the TTXGP or attempts to start up an electric car speed league (see here and here). The idea that the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) wants to get a little less energy intensive has also been heard before: remember the ALMS Green Challenge, which put cellulosic E85-fueled race cars on the track? Nonetheless, the new announcement about a joint venture between Quimera, IMSA and ALMS to "develo
EV Cup, the world's first racing series dedicated solely to zero emission vehicles, starts this August with a debut race in the UK, followed by events in Spain, Portugal, and the U.S. Drivers will compete in three categories: the City EV class, which will feature the tiny Think vehicles; the Sports EV class, with drivers racing in Westfield iRACERs; and the Prototype EV class, wherein non-production EVs (with very little limitations) will go head-to-head in time trials.
There have been many a Grand Prix de Pau since the original one was held way back in 1901, but this summer's event will be the first ever to feature racing machines powered purely by electrons. It's been announced that the Exagon-built cars currently competing in the Trophée Andros will make the switch from slippery snow-covered race tracks to the grippy asphalt of the street circuit in the historic city of Pau this coming May 20th weekend.
This October, the center of the zero-carbon racing universe would appear to be Spain following the announcement by the eGrandPrix that the inaugural EMXGP will, with apologies to Paris, be held in Barcelona on the 16th and 17th of that month. Of course, one race does not a center-of-universe make and so we remind you, gentle reader, that the TTXGP Grand Final takes place the following weekend down the road in Albacete. The competitions will bookend a Zero Carbon Transport Conference in sunny sea
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 Paris
The Trophée Andros kicks off its 21st season of ice-racing this weekend at Val Thorens in the French Alps featuring its first all-electric series, the appropriately-named Trophée Andros Electrique. You may remember they've been trying out battery-powered vehicles the past couple years, but this time the effort begins in earnest with 8 cars, built by accomplished motorsport constructor Exagon Engineering, taking their place on the starting grid. Although they look similar to the two
If you've been impatiently waiting to watch electric cars rip racetrack asphalt asunder, an end to your suffering may be in sight. A new racing series branded EV Cup has just been launched in London with plans to bring 3 separate classes of cars to a half-dozen tracks around Europe beginning in 2011. City and Sports EV series would consist of mono-maker grids using production vehicles, though they would receive some race prep in the way of stripped-out cabins and juiced-up powertrains. The Proto