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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. […]

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The Guardian view on car culture: change is coming

Lewis Hamilton’s recent declaration of support for climate action attracted derision as well as plaudits. “I like fuel. Can I say that? I don’t like electric stuff,” was the deliberately provocative response from a fellow Formula One driver, Max Verstappen. But the sport is officially on Mr Hamilton’s side. In November it announced a net-zero carbon target of […]

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WRC cars will get hybrid boosts in 2022

By: David Evans World Rally cars will utilise hybrid power to offer a boost on the stages as well as for use in towns, cities and service parks in 2022.Original talks on hybrid were focused only on ensuring the rally cars drove using electric power through built up areas and in and around the service park. Now, however, […]

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MotoGP podium finisher Smith heads up ’20 MotoE entry list

MotoGP podium finishers Bradley Smith and Alex de Angelis are poised to return to MotoE for a second season,  with both included on the series’ 2020 entry list. MotoGP podium finisher Smith, who finished runner-up to Matteo Ferrari in the inaugural MotoE campaign, has previously expressed a desire to continue in the all-electric series, but […]

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Porsche 4-motor electric powertrain promises ultimate control

Porsche on Wednesday provided the first details on a new electric powertrain it’s developing. The powertrain consists of four electric motors, with each motor capable of independently controlling a corresponding wheel, something referred to by the automaker as “variably distributable drive power.” Porsche said this torque control system can enable a high level of control […]

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Jaguar and GridCars launch live EV charge station map

Drivers of fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles can now plan their journeys with ease using a live map to locate available public charging stations nationwide. The live map displays the entire network of Jaguar Powerway and GridCars supported public charging stations, and indicates the current status of each including if it’s online, offline or […]

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Formula E Gets Official World Championship Status

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will become a fully-fledged FIA World Championship beginning in its 2020-21 season.As first reported by e-racing365 in April, the all-electric championship will get full World Championship status after going through the precise criteria laid out by the FIA. Formula E joins Formula 1, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the […]

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VW to focus solely on electric motors

On the same day that the sixth season of the all-electric Formula E Championship opened in Saudi Arabia, Volkswagen has announced it is shifting its motorsports strategy to focus purely on electric mobility. Consequently, the German manufacturer is ending all its factory backing of racing programs involving internal combustion engines. The company pointed to the […]

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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 […]