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How future tech will change World Rally Championship cars

Compared to Formula 1, the World Rally Championship is seen by many as the raw, dirty, low tech motorsport – but not in a bad way. There’s a fast car, a driver, his all-important co-driver, some mud, ice, gravel, dust and a finish line. Look behind the scenes and the differences are stark. While a […]

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Fully electric touring car on track with Mattias Ekstrom

The World’s first fully electric touring car – the CUPRA e-Racer – has been put through its paces on the track for the first time by official CUPRA driver, Mattias Ekström. The remarkable 670hp electric racer is set to compete in a new ETCR race series in 2020 and has now completed its first full-speed laps […]

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XE starts first full test running on ODYSSEY 21 car

The prototype car being built for use in the Extreme E electric off-road SUV racing series has had its first day of full testing as part of its development process. The ODYSSEY 21 machine, which was run for the first time in public at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, was driven by World Rallycross drivers Timmy […]

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MARIO ANDRETTI SAYS NO THANKS TO FORMULA E, ELECTRIC CARS

Racing legend has yet to check out son Michael’s Formula E team in action All-time racing great Mario Andretti wants noise, and lots of it, to go with his racing action. Michael Andretti the owner of Andretti Autosport, has teams that race in Indy, Indy Lights and America’s Rallycross Championship. And last year Michael Andretti’s […]

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7:38.585 minutes to reach “Heaven’s Gate” in China: Volkswagen sets first record on Tianmen Mountain with the ID.R

“China Challenge” mastered – Volkswagen’s fully-electric prototype sets new benchmark on Tianmen Mountain Romain Dumas conquers the 99 hairpins on the 10.906-kilometre “Big Gate Road” in less than 8 minutes ID.R is the sportiest representative of the electric ID. family of products An extraordinary drive on the limit, with spectacular images and the first record […]

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2020 DRAKO GTE ELECTRIC SEDAN PROMISES 6,491 LB-FT OF TORQUE

$1.25 million super sedan digs through the old Fisker parts bin Monterey car week typically has no shortage of supercar debuts, and in this decade, they have tended to be electric. The Drako GTE was one such contender last week, revealed with some very ambitious promises of performance, including 1,200 hp and a top speed of […]

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Record attempt by the Volkswagen ID.R supports the electric model offensive in China

Ascent of the spectacular mountain road to the mythical “Heaven’s Gate” to accompany Chinese e-offensive Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO Volkswagen Brand China: “China will take on a pioneering role in terms of sustainable mobility, digitalisation and new mobility services” Tianmen Mountain is deeply rooted in Chinese mythology. The 1,519-metre mountain in the south of the […]

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A rallying ‘world first’: Hayden Paddon unveils plans for Kiwi-made electric rally car

Hayden Paddon and Hyundai New Zealand have today revealed their latest motorsport project; a fully electric Hyundai Kona rally car. Built and developed at the Paddon Rallysport Group base at Highlands Motorsport Park, the Kona EV claims to be the world’s first rally car that’s capable of competing in full-length rallying events. Among the modifications to come […]

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Record attempt in red – the Volkswagen ID.R heads to Tianmen Mountain with a special colour scheme

It was already eye-catching enough. Now, a powerful shade of red is taking e-mobility to the top from a visual perspective too – the Volkswagen ID.R will sport a special livery for its record attempt on Tianmen Mountain in China. The red stands for the fully-electric, 500-kW (680-PS) prototype’s fifth record attempt, this time in […]

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Efficiency record in the “Green Hell” – The Volkswagen ID.R’s ground-breaking lap of the Nordschleife in figures

Volkswagen ID.R achieves the most energy-efficient lap of all time on the Nordschleife Efficiency record: Through the “Green Hell” in just 6:05.336 minutes and with only 24.7 kWh Numbers, please: Romain Dumas was subjected to centrifugal forces of up to 3.49 g on his record-breaking lap The electric record on the iconic Nordschleife with a […]

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Sweden to ban petrol and diesel cars – as Germany feels the pressure

Sweden is to join Norway and Denmark in plans to ban the sale of petrol- or diesel-powered cars within the next 11 years. Sweden has set a 2030 cut-off, which is the same as Denmark, but five years short of Norway’s proposed 2025 ban.   The ultimate goal here is meeting Paris Agreement emissions targets. […]

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PORSCHE TAYCAN EV PREORDERS ARE ABOUT TO HIT 30,000

At this rate, Porsche Taycan sales will surpass the 911s, but not the SUVs The Porsche Taycan will be heavily based on the Mission E concept Nearly 30,000 people have written deposit checks for Porsche’s all-electric vehicle, the Taycan. With a few more buyers, about 5,000, it could overtake the 911. And the car hasn’t officially been revealed yet. […]

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Electric motorcycle recalls the past with V-8-like design

Although this motorcycle doesn’t have an engine, the thoughtful design does its best to mimic gas burning bikes of the past. The electric two-wheeled machine comes from American company Curtiss, and the Zeuss Radial V8 motorcycle is a nod to a V-8-powered motorcycle from the past. Glenn Curtiss, whom the company is named after, rode […]

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After the first MotoE race, it’s not the present of MotoE that really matters – it’s the future

Sunday’s historic electric first MotoE race at a grand prix event was only the very beginning of EV motorcycle racingMotoGP’s first MotoE weekend was certainly historic. I’m 100 per cent certain that during the entire history of motorcycle grand prix racing there’s never been so many painful puns broadcast by commentators: the charge to the […]

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Volkswagen ID.R Beats McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 F1 Car at Goodwood, Sets Record

There seems to be no stopping the Volkswagen ID.R – Romain Dumas dynamic duo from accomplishing the tasks they set out for themselves. After setting record after record over the past year, a new best time was written in the history books at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Until this past weekend, the all-time record […]

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IMG confirms Projekt E as part of WRX 2020

IMG Motorsports has confirmed that Projekt E, an electric development series, will showcase electric-powered cars on the same event schedule as traditional World Rallycross Supercars at selected European rounds of the championship in 2020. Projekt E is a collaboration between IMG and Austrian company STARD (Stohl Advanced Research and Development). The aim of Projekt E […]

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World RX’s electric Projekt E series to begin testing in July

By: Hal Ridge Testing of the first electric car for the new Projekt E series, which will form part of World Rallycross events in 2020, will begin next month.Following news from the World Motor Sport Council recently that plans remain underway to introduce electric cars into World RX’s main category from 2021, series promoter IMG has […]

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WRC Rules Officially Switch to Hybrid Power for 2022 Season

By Bradley Brownell The World Rally Championship’s highest class will move to incorporate hybrid electric drive in two seasons time. The rule change will initially feature what the rulemakers are calling a “supplementary hybrid system” with spec components and software as a transitional stage from 2022 to 2025. Following that, regulations will open up for […]

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FERRARI SF90 STRADALE: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF HYBRID SUPERCARS

Three electric motors and a twin-turbo V8 are good for 986 hp The second hybrid Ferrari ever, and first series-production plug-in hybrid Ferrari, is here as the SF90 Stradale. It’s the first time the most powerful Prancing Horse in the stable will have a V8 and it can do that because of its three electric motors. […]

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Mitsubishi Motors celebrates a decade of i-MiEV, pioneering mass-production electric vehicles

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today marked the 10th anniversary of its launch of the zero-emission i-MiEV city car, which paved the way for the automotive industry’s seismic shift towards mass-produced electric vehicles (EV). Since its release, the i-MiEV has gained a reputation for eco performance, quietness, driving performance and environmental economy. The i-MiEV has won […]

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Volkswagen ID.R Electric Race Car Smashes Nürburgring Record With 6:05.336 Lap

Volkswagen announced back in January that it would modify its record-holding electric prototype, the ID.R, in a bid for the electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Monday, Volkswagen Motorsport announced via Twitter that its bid was successful. The ID.R and its driver Romain Dumas now hold the electric lap record at the Nürburgring, with […]

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Joint Venture with Porsche: 100th IONITY HPC-Park goes into operation

Just a few months ahead of the world premiere of the Taycan, the first fully electric sports car from Porsche, the development of the High Performance Charging infrastructure from IONITY in Europe also comes closer to the finish line. The joint venture from Porsche and Audi for the Volkswagen Group as well as BMW, Daimler […]

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China Electric Touring Car Challenge makes successful debut 

After launching the new China Electric Touring Car Challenge at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix last month, Zhuhai Formula Racing Development Co. Ltd. (FRD) contested their first event with the impressive NIO ES8 SUV at the Tianjin V1 Auto World Circuit outside Beijing on May 18-19, the manufacturer, teams and FRD themselves claiming it […]

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Panoz aiming for Le Mans return with electric Garage 56 entry

American sportscar manufacturer Panoz has revealed the car it hopes will mark its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in a presentation at the Circuit de la Sarthe on Thursday. The GT-EV is a four-wheel drive, battery-powered GT car designed to run in the special Garage 56 category of the French enduro. Its […]

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VW unveils revised I.D. R for Nurburgring record attempt

Volkswagen has officially unveiled its heavily revised I.D. R prototype ahead of an attempt to break the electric car record for the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Last year, two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas broke Sebastien Loeb’s record for the Pikes Peak hillclimb in the I.D. R before setting a new EV benchmark during the […]

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Porsche reportedly plans electric 718 sports car by 2022

Porsche is developing an electric 718 sports car for launch around 2022, Autocar reported on Tuesday. Prototype 718s with electric powertrains are being developed alongside one with a hybrid powertrain, the British publication has learned from Porsche CEO Oliver Blume.Dr. Oliver Blume “We have prototypes of the 718 running in electric now, and a hybrid prototype […]

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The Aston Martin Rapide E is a 600bhp all-electric supercar

So it begins. This is Aston Martin’s very first all-electric, full production car, housed in the rather delightful form of the Rapide. So, meet the Aston Martin Rapide ‘E’. Recognisably an Aston, then, but without the most recognisable thing of all – a socking great naturally aspirated, 6.0-litre V12. In its place sits a bespoke battery […]

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FRD unveils NIO ES8 racer for inaugural China Electric Touring Car Challenge

On the eve of the 1000th Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai in China, Zhuhai Formula Racing Development Co. Ltd. (FRD) has unveiled the new China Electric Touring Car Challenge (CETC), the first SUV electric car championship under the General Administration of Sport of China, and the China Automobile and Motor Sports Federation. CETC is […]

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Electric Mini Hardtop will be badged a Cooper S E

Mini will mimic Tesla’s strategy of playing up the performance aspect of electric powertrains when it launches its first volume EV this year in the form of an electric Hardtop. As a result, the car will arrive as a Cooper S E Hardtop, Mini confirmed on Monday. The same designation is used for the plug-in hybrid version […]

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Ecclestone sees electric future as F1 celebrates 1,000 races

Bernie Ecclestone may have been to more Formula One grands prix than any man alive but if the former supremo could shed the years and start over, he says he would probably embrace electric. As the sport noisily celebrates its 1,000th world championship race at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, the 88-year-old Briton – who once […]

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Biaggi takes on electric motorcycle speed record

Max Biaggi is teaming up with Venturi and Voxan to target a new electric motorcycle speed record. The six-time world champion, who currently runs his own Moto3 team while he also acts as an Aprilia ambassador, will ride the Voxan Wattman in an attempt to break the 330kph barrier. The attempt will take place on Bolivia’s […]

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Revised MotoE calendar launched

A revised six-round MotoE World Cup schedule has been launched, with the season now starting at the Sachsenring in July after a huge fire destroyed all 18 bikes. A devastating fire destroyed the entire MotoE paddock during its first pre-season test at Jerez two weeks ago, forcing the original scheduled season-opener at the Spanish Grand Prix to […]

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MotoE will go ahead in 2019

Dorna Sports has confirmed the MotoE World Cup will go ahead as planned in 2019, after a major fire at Jerez destroyed much of the electric MotoGP support series’ paddock. In the early hours of Thursday morning, a blaze broke out in the MotoE paddock at Jerez and destroyed all 18 Energica Ego motorcycles and charging infrastructure. […]

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Electrified Range Rovers plug into the South African model line-up

The new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have taken major steps toward the future of motoring with the addition of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain options, and both variants are now available in South Africa.  Both models are badged P400e in reference to their respective power outputs of 404PS (297kW), and both combine a 221kW […]

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Volkswagen plans 22 million electric vehicles in ten years

The Volkswagen Group is forging ahead with the fundamental change of system in individual mobility and systematically aligning with electric drives. The Group is planning to launch almost 70 new electric models in the next ten years – instead of the 50 previously planned. As a result, the projected number of vehicles to be built […]