More specifically, one event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and another at Auto Club Speedway are still scheduled for late 2011, but those two races will be more or less a prelude to the full EV Cup series that will begin with races in the U.S. in early 2012.
Sylvian Fillippi, managing director of EV Cup, said the delay was due to concerns about safety, and that the, "The requirements for safety aspects and the delivery schedule for race cars was not going to allow sufficient time for testing." Given what Fillippi called "fantastic" interest in the race series in the U.S., the two domestic events were not moved back to next year.
If you're a racing enthusiast who's concerned about the environment, then EV Cup is customer-tailored for you. Hopefully, you're also a patient racing enthusiast.
[Source: EV Cup]
EV CUP - THE WORLD'S FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE RACING SERIES – SWITCHES START TO USA
LONDON (May 20, 2011) – The EV Cup, the world's first racing series exclusively featuring zero-emission electric vehicles, will now start in the United States in November rather than in the UK this summer as originally planned. The series will start with two race events in California, at Laguna Seca in November and at Auto Club Speedway in December before a full series launch in 2012.
Explaining the reason for the change, Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director of the EV Cup, said: "The EV world is developing extremely quickly with technical advances happening almost on a daily basis. The requirements for safety aspects and the delivery schedule for race cars was not going to allow sufficient time for testing. We need to ensure that we are absolutely ready and have everything exactly right before we start.
"The interest in the EV Cup has been fantastic, especially in the US which is why we wanted to keep our two race events there this year. We plan to begin the full series early in 2012 and will expect to start with races in the US again before coming back to Europe for races here. It was a difficult decision to make but we believe it is the best way to move forward. We have notified all circuits concerned."
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