Entering in the Sports EV class is Drayson Racing, headed by Lord Paul Drayson, former British Government Minister of Science who quit his job to get into green racing (at the time, a bio-ethanol car in Le Mans). Drayson had good things to say about the EV Cup in a prepared statement:
The team at EVCUP have taken a bold step forward to create the world's first electric racing series. As one of the world's leading green motorsport teams, we want to be a part of it and we want to win it!
If you're an auto racing enthusiast who is also concerned about the environment, make sure to check this series out. To get all the details, the full press release is available after the jump.[Source: EV Cup / Drayson Racing]
DRAYSON RACING, the green technology race team run by former British Government Minister of Science Lord Paul Drayson, which raced to success in the international Le Mans Series in the USA, Europe and Asia last year is to race in the new zero-emission EVCUP, the first electric vehicle race series that launches this summer, it was announced today (Wednesday, February 23rd)
Drayson Racing will enter a race-bred Westfield iRACER in the Sports EV (electric vehicle) series within the EVCUP. With a peak power of 260bhp and 660Nm of maximum torque per wheel, the Westfield iRACER is sure to keep even the most accomplished race drivers focused at every straight and corner.
Lord Drayson's experience as a science entrepreneur, Government Minister, FIA panel member on future energy technologies, MIA Honorary President and successful race driver and team owner makes him perfectly placed to work closely with EVCUP in not only demonstrating the performance of electric vehicles, but progressing the development and growth of zero emission racing.
Lord Drayson said: "Drayson Racing have paved the way in green racing over the past four years with second generation biofuels and we have been looking at electric vehicle technologies for a while, waiting for the technology to mature and for the right time to enter this exciting new field. The team at EVCUP have taken a bold step forward to create the world's first electric racing series. As one of the world's leading green motorsport teams, we want to be a part of it and we want to win it!"
EVCUP Race Director Grahame Butterworth says: "Lord Drayson has the foresight, experience and ability to help drive these cars forward in a realistic but also very exciting way. He will be a great competitor and also a strong voice in developing the next era of high performance electric race cars. We look forward to working closely with his team."
The EVCUP series gets underway in August with four events in the UK before going to Spain, Portugal and the USA. MSVR will be the UK organising club for the events which will feature races for THINK city cars, Westfield iRACER sports cars and a prototype class for any electric car based on a timed laps format.
The EVCUP is the world's first circuit race series exclusively featuring zero-emission electric vehicles, providing the platform for sustainable motorsport.
This historic seven-race green motorsport series will include two principle classes of zero emission electric cars - the City EV cars, where drivers will compete in race-prepared urban THINK cars, and the Sports EV class, which will feature teams racing high performance Westfield iRACERs.
A third category, the Prototype EV class, will base its results on time trials that showcase the latest non-production electric vehicles.
ABOUT DRAYSON RACING
Lord Drayson, a former science entrepreneur and the UK Minister for Science and Innovation in the previous government, formed Drayson Racing to act as a racing laboratory, pioneering the research and development of green technologies in the challenging environment of motor racing.
Drayson Racing carries out research & development of green racing technologies including electric vehicles and advanced biofuels. Last year Drayson Racing came third in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) Championship racing a unique 2nd generation bioethanol fuelled LMP1 Lola-Judd racing car and was the first team to achieve pole position and an overall race win for a bio-ethanol fuelled race car.