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Rosberg X Racing storms to victory in the Desert X-Prix

By Vince Pettit Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor handed Nico Rosberg’s RXR team victory in the first race of the Extreme E series as competitors took on the Desert X-Prix. There was drama in before the final as the SEGI TV Chip Ganassi Racing and ABT Cupra XE fought it out in the shootout race, it […]

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is coming to South Africa!

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – the first all-electric car from the Swedish luxury brand – will be launched in South Africa in the second half of 2021. This all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) has already demonstrated strong sales internationally. Thousands of orders were placed for the XC40 Recharge even before the formal start of sales […]

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Audi Supercharges the EV Sedan Segment with the 2022 e-tron GT

BY WESLEY WREN Audi’s latest electric sedans pack serious power. Audi this summer is adding to the growing list of high-horsepower, all-electric sedans with its e-tron and RS e-tron. The pair bucks the electric-powered crossover trend, giving folks who still crave the high-end luxury sport-sedan experience a stylish battery-powered option. AUDI Powering the base e-tron GT are two electric […]

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Extreme E teams wrap up first group test

By RACER Staff | Extreme E, the innovative new electric off-road series, has completed its first group test at MotorLand Aragan in Spain, with many of the world’s biggest names in rally and off-road racing joining together. The impressive line-up, which included rally legends Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz, World Rallycross champions Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy […]

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Hispano Suiza replaces HWA for inaugural Extreme E season

By RACER Staff | Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team will join the field for the inaugural Extreme E season, taking the place of HWA, which has withdrawn from the all-electric off-road series for “economic and strategic reasons”. Oliver Bennett and Christine Giampaoli Zonca will drive for the Spanish team, which carries on a competitive legacy for […]

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Sebastien Loeb to race for Lewis Hamilton’s Extreme E team

By: Alan Baldwin Two icons of the racing world will team up for the event Nine-times rally world champion Sebastien Loeb will race in the new Extreme E off-road electric series next year for a team owned by seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton. The two are the most successful drivers of all time in their […]

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Claudia Hürtgen joins Mattias Ekström for ABT CUPRA XE Extreme E season 1

By Vince Pettit With 25 years of motorsport under her belt already, Claudia Hürtgen is set for a new challenge for 2021 when she joins the ABT CUPRA XE team for the first season of Extreme E. The German racer started in karting before moving in to single-seaters, unfortunately an accident at the 1993 F3 invitational race at Monaco ended […]

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Extreme E teams get to grips with ODYSSEY 21 in first tests

By RACER Staff | With just four months to go to the first race of Season 1, Extreme E teams are taking delivery of their ODYSSEY 21 cars getting their first opportunities to put them through their paces in a series of tests. Andretti United. Image by Oliver Emery Among them was Chip Ganassi Racing, which […]

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Rallying: Dakar winner Sainz to compete in new Extreme E electric series

By Alan Baldwin (Reuters) – Double world rally champion and triple Dakar winner Carlos Sainz will drive for his own team when the new Extreme E electric off-road series starts next year, the Spaniard announced on Monday. Compatriot Laia Sanz, a 13-times women’s trial motorcycle world champion, will be his team mate. Sanz has reached […]

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RX2e Car Revealed Ahead of 2021 Debut

By Pontus Lindroos | thecheckeredflag.co.uk The official car for the new all-electric FIA World Rallycross Championship support series FIA RX2e Championship support series has been officially revealed. The car, which is heavily based on the former Supercar Lites platform have been given a fresh new look ahead of the first season next year compared to its predecessor. The championship […]

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DTM Electric set for start in 2023

By TouringCarTimes The DTM Electric is set for introduction in 2023 and a first prototype race car was shown during the 2020 season finale at Hockenheim. The car, featuring 1200hp, has been developed in cooperation between the DTM organisation ITR and industrial supplier Schaeffler. “Together with Schaeffler, our first strategic partner with which we will […]

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Hyundai and Hayden Paddon reveal all-electric rally machine

By Nile Bijoux Hyundai has debuted a rather epic piece of kit today – a Kona-based pure-electric rally car. The 400kW-plus rally monster has been developed alongside local boy Hayden Paddon over 18 months in Cromwell. Around 80 per cent of the car was designed in-house in terms of chassis design, engineering, aerodynamics, suspension, steering, cooling and […]

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Extreme E reveals team liveries, updated calendar via virtual launch

By RACER Staff | Extreme E — the new electric off-road series — revealed liveries of its teams via a “virtual launch” event, marking just under six months until the championship’s first race in March 2021. All the teams joined remotely from their various locations including the U.S., UK, Germany, Spain and Asia as they […]

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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 […]