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SuperCharge, an all-new global motorsport series

SuperCharge, an all-new global motorsport series featuring electric crossover vehicles and incorporating elements of off-road and drifting, has announced plans to launch in 2022. The inaugural series is targeting eight events taking place right across the globe, in cities from the U.S., Asia-Pacific, China, Europe and the Middle East, with the aim “to provide spectacular […]

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Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4 Squared shows path for off-roading’s electric future

Mercedes-Benz has coupled the extreme off-road hardware of the G-Class 4×4 Squared with the EQC battery-electric SUV to preview the future of off-roading. The resulting EQC 4×4 Squared you see here is strictly a concept, but development of its off-roading system lays the groundwork for future electric all- and four-wheel-drive systems from Mercedes, including potentially the system destined […]

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Extreme E testing begins – with Lewis Hamilton entering his X44 team

For sports involving very fast cars, launching a new racing series can feel a little like turning around an oil tanker. But, following the announcement Lewis Hamilton will enter his X44 team into the new climate-aware Extreme E, some of the world’s best drivers are getting even more involved than the six-time F1 world champion. […]

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WRC champion Loeb among drivers in Extreme E test session

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb also tested the Extreme E car last week with Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas and Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne. The presence of Loeb and Bottas for the six-day shakedown of the 550bhp ODYSSEY 21 E-SUV at Chateau de Lastours in southern France was initially intended to remain private. But Mercedes’ […]

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Veloce Racing announce ART Grand Prix as official Extreme E Competition Partner

Veloce Racing has announced a brand-new collaboration with multiple-discipline motorsport team, ART Grand Prix, as its Competition Partner ahead of the inaugural season of Extreme E, commencing in early 2021. Veloce Racing continues its recent expansion, following significant investment and subsequent merge with sister company Veloce Esports in August. The London-based organisation grows ever-stronger with […]

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Projekt E: Raymond Claims Debut Win With Citroën in Latvia

Two-time RX2 International Series champion Cyril Raymond claimed a debut win with the all-new Citroën Racing supported Citroën C3 ERX in the second round of the 2020 Projekt E series at Riga. The new car was supposed to make its debut with Mads Østberg behind the wheel back at the opening round in Sweden earlier this summer, but the appearance was postponed to this weekend due […]

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Cupra Has a Very Special Garage in Europe, Shelters new Extreme E Showcar

The Spanish automaker’s high-performance motorsport division-turned independent brand has been expanding tremendously during a noticeably short period of time, but it still keeps an eye on actual competitions. And now it’s on the verge of debuting alongside Germany’s ABT Sportsline in the newly proposed Extreme E electric SUVs off-road racing series. By the looks of […]

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Raymond to Debut C3 ERX in Latvia

Double RX2 International Series champion Cyril Raymond will debut the brand-new all-electric Citroën C3 ERX next weekend in the second round of the Projekt E support series at the World RX of Latvia in Riga. Raymond was a regular driver in last year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship as he drove for the GCK Academy team but has been without a seat for this season and will instead […]

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Hamilton puts his name behind new Extreme E team X44

Lewis Hamilton has announced he will enter his own team in the new Extreme E series which will begin next year. However the six-times Formula 1 world champion said he “won’t be operationally involved in X44” due to his “ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Formula 1”. Hamilton’s contract to drive for the team expires at […]

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Electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype beats performance targets ahead of public debut

The all-electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype ran a quarter-mile in 8.27 seconds at 168mph and reached 1,502 peak wheel horsepower in recent private development testing, Ford Performance has revealed, ahead of the car’s public debut at this weekend’s NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. The latter number is equivalent to the combined output of […]

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Team Techeetah confirms Extreme E entry

Team Techeetah is the latest entry in the all-electric Extreme E series which is set to kick-off in 2021. The first team representing Asia, Team Techeetah Extreme E will be owned by the Indover Group and managed by SECA, a leading Chinese sports management and marketing company which owns DS Techeetah. Indover Group is an Indonesian-owned […]

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Block on Projekt E – Great to be at the forefront of electric racing

The American rally, rallycross and YouTube star Ken Block had a strong weekend at Höljes in Sweden last weekend where he became the first-ever drive to win in the new all-electric Projekt E series. Block dominated most of the weekend despite having two spins on the Saturday’s two qualifying sessions. He won first qualifying as the Austrian driver Hermann Neubauer received a […]

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See it first! Ford’s electric Cobra Jet Mustang to run at U.S.Nationals

Ford’s all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 Mustang will make its public debut at the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Proving once again that drag racing is still Detroit’s best laboratory. James Watt is smiling down on drag racers. Most people think of lightbulbs when they hear his name, but Watt wasn’t an […]

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BLOCK WRITES HISTORY TO BECOME THE FIRST PROJEKT E WINNER

The 52-year-old YouTube star, rally and rallycross legend Ken Block from the United States of America became the first-ever race winner of the world’s first all-electric rallycross series Projekt E as he dominated the final at the series debut in Höljes, Sweden. With only three drivers entered for the first round of the Projekt E series, it was an […]

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Audi boss admits Tesla is two years ahead

Audi’s future is electric, but today it’s far from the leader in the segment. In fact, it’s behind. On Thursday Automotive News reported that Audi CEO Markus Duesmann told a German daily publication that Tesla’s the leader in electrification. “Currently, Tesla has larger batteries because their cars are built around the batteries. Tesla is two years ahead in […]

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Volkswagen Zwickau car factory to produce only electric models in future

Passing the baton: After today’s phase-out of the Golf Variant, the Zwickau plant now produces exclusively fully electric vehicles. ID.3 1st Edition (58 kWh net battery energy content): power consumption in accordance with NEDC in kWh/100 km: combined 14.5; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+. Golf Estate R: the vehicle is no longer […]

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Sweden’s Jonsson wins virtual rally championship

Robin Jonsson won the Volkswagen Motorsport Rally Powys to be crowned champion of the Solberg World Cup – a global, virtual rally championship. With four wins from six rallies, the Swede was the dominant force on the rally routes on the “Dirt Rally 2.0” simulator. Czech driver Lukas Mateja and Frenchman Jonathan Schaeffer had to […]

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Stunning Hyundai Prophecy concept to spawn Tesla Model 3 rival

The Hyundai Prophecy concept will spawn a production electric car, Hyundai design boss SangYup Lee said in an interview with Autocar published Thursday. That could give Hyundai a rival to the Tesla Model 3 and upcoming BMW i4. A production version of the Prophecy is one of three new Hyundai electric cars in the works, Lee said. The […]

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Solberg loving Saturday night Formula 1 fever

When 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button talked about the new car being a little bit softer, offering more mid-corner oversteer, Petter Solberg was in. And on it. A storming drive from 16th on the grid to win Saturday night’s The Legends Trophy Race in Portugal (via the Solberg gaming room in Mitandersfors, Sweden) […]

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Electric WRX kit could make 2021 competition debut

The electric kit designed for the World Rallycross Championship’s top-flight electric switch, which has been postponed until 2022, could make its competition debut in rallying next year. Austrian firm Kreisel won the tender to produce and supply the electric kits for World RX’s revised electric strategy last October, but the introduction of electric cars at […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING PARTNER WITH ESPORTS WRC, GR YARIS FOR WINNER

Toyota GAZOO Racing have signed a multi-year title agreement with the eSports WRC Championship, with the 2020 winner walking away with a brand-new GR Yaris road car. The virtual series is currently in its fifth season and uses the WRC series of games as a platform for its competition with seven of the 11 qualifying rounds so far complete in the 2020 […]

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SIM IS THE NEW REAL

 While Formula 1 enjoys its contract-signing ‘silly season’, the real racing action continues online. It’s a fascinating new era in the sport where the average armchair enthusiast can fight it out with top-line sim racers and professional racing drivers on some of the most iconic tracks around the world. South Africa hasn’t been left behind, […]

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Chip Ganassi joins Extreme E

Chip Ganassi Racing has announced its entry into Extreme E, becoming the second major American team to commit to the pioneering new electric SUV off-road racing series, following Andretti Autosport’s confirmation of its plans last month. The team founded and helmed by former racer Chip Ganassi celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has claimed 19 […]

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SOLBERG WORLD CUP HEADS TO PIRELLI RALLY ARGOLIS WITH ABOUT 14,000 ACTIVE PLAYERS

The second round of The Solberg World Cup in the DiRT Rally 2.0 saw competitors take on the Cirkle K Norge Rally Värmland on snowy and smooth stages, now it is time for new challenges as the players will head to round three at Pirelli Rally Argolis in Greece. Credit: Solberg Media Room The Solberg World Cup in association with DirtFish has […]

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ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT JOINS THE 2021 EXTREME E SEASON

Five-time Indianapolis 500 winner and the multiple American Rallycross Championships winning team Andretti Autosport will now join the first-ever all electric off-road series Extreme E next year as the series kicks off. While they are a dominant team in the circuit racing, they are no strangers when it comes to off-road racing. The team has most recently pulled […]

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Star names sign up for inaugural World Rallycross Esports event

Reigning World RX Champion Timmy Hansen, two-time series winner Johan Kristoffersson and Dirt Rally 2.0 World Series Champion Killian Dall’olmo head the bill for World RX’s first Esports Invitational. The concept has been created to replace real-life rounds of the World RX series that have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and kicks off […]

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Verstappen grabs first title of 2020: Red Bull driver wins Real Racers Never Quit

Max Verstappen won the Real Racers Never Quit championship Friday night. The Red Bull Racing driver has thus secured his first title of 2020. The Dutchman successfully defended his 133 point lead in the sixth round of the championship organised by TeamRedline. The 22-year-old Dutchman managed to qualify on the first row of the grid […]

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Sporting World Finds Its Coronavirus Virtual Oasis With E-Sports

The current sporting desert has found its virtual oasis as E-sports emerges into the mainstream to occupy the space and satisfy the sparsity of the heavily interrupted calendar. The 70th anniversary of the first Formula One season has yet to be able to be celebrated appropriately. The Bahrain Grand Prix was once again scheduled to […]

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Verstappen’s Redline Esports points lead slashed by van der Linde

Audi factory driver Kelvin van der Linde won both races in the latest round of Team Redline’s Esports series for professional drivers, slashing Formula 1 star Max Verstappen’s points lead. Redline’s virtual series brings together over 40 real-life racing stars alongside a couple of streamers and guest sim racers. The third round tasked the drivers […]

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PROJEKT E AND SUPERNATIONAL CLASS TO BE RACED AT WORLD RX OF SWEDEN

The ‘Magic Weekend’ at Höljes in Sweden which will host round 5 of the season on 3-5 July now sees additional two new classes to be run as support races. As the World RX of Russia got cancelled earlier, the all-new Projekt E electric rallycross series got moved to Sweden to host the third round […]

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Holy heck, the new Audi e-tron S will drift

Stephen Dobie 21 Feb 2020 I’ve not seen many Audis do that… Nor have we. This is the Audi e-tron S, and if its eager engineering team is to be believed, it helps mark the dawning of a new, driftier era for quick Audis. Isn’t the e-tron electric?Yep, and this one is more electrified than ever. The standard e-tron […]

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Electrifying racing: Goodyear confirmed as official tyre supplier for Pure ETCR

 Goodyear has been chosen as the official tyre supplier and a founding partner for the first all-electric multi-brand touring car series, Pure ETCR. Goodyear is developing a bespoke tyre for Pure ETCR which will incorporate a combination of technologies inspired by Goodyear’s latest electric vehicle tyres and the new Eagle F1 SuperSport ultra-high performance range. […]

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GMC Hummer EV truck coming with 11,500 pound-feet of torque

The loudest utility-vehicle maker of the last generation has a silent future. GMC on Thursday confirmed rumors that it will resurrect the Hummer name on an upcoming vehicle that will arrive next year with an electric powertrain. The automaker released four short videos it will use to advertise during the Super Bowl next month to tease the […]

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WORLD RX TO RUN ELECTRIC AND PETROL POWERED SUPERCARS IN 2021

In the biggest shakeup since 2014, the FIA World Rallycross Championship today announced that electric supercars will run alongside petrol-powered supercars for the 2021 season. The addition of a new entry-level electric support class, FIA eRallycross, was also announced. This will run as a support category to the brand new Projekt E series set to […]

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Holten Motorsport commits to ProjekE

The Norwegian team, Holten Motorsport AS, are the first to announce their commitment to Projekt E and will enter the inaugural 2020 electric series with a Ford Fiesta-based Projekt E race car. Projekt E is a collaboration between STARD (Stohl Advanced Research and Development) and IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship and […]

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It’s Extreme: Racing Series for Electric Sport Utility Vehicles Coming in 2021

Alejandro Agag is up to his old…make that new, tricks again. Agag, the founder of the Formula E racing series that features all-electric open-wheel cars, has announced plans for another save-the-planet type setup. Agag is planning a series that will feature electric off-road vehicles to add to his Formula E enterprise that kicked of its […]

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Surprise! Sony Shows an Electric Sedan at CES

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Sony says it wants to “reimagine mobility as we know it, opening up a new world of mobility using creativity and technology.” If we had a nickel … Now the Tokyo-based entertainment conglomerate says it wants to inspire people and provide greater peace of mind through mobility. Oy. […]