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  • Electric RaceAbout EV

    Unless you live in one of the more northern states -- or spend a lot of time in snow-covered mountains -- the idea of driving on ice might fill you with a sense of foreboding doom. Especially if that ice happens to be covering a very large expanse of water. Enter former Automotive X-Prize entrants Team Race-About, who have just set the first ever land-speed record for driving an electric car on ice, reaching an astonishing 161.59mph. Not content with setting a Nürburgring Electric Car Record of 8:43 in September last year, the Electric Race-About (E-RA) team from the Helsinki Metrololia...

  • Toyota Motorsport Electric Racer
    Toyota Prepares To Set New Nürburgring Electric Car Record

    Toyota may not have a single electric car available for sale yet, but that isn’t going to stop it from attempting to set a electric car lap record at the 12.93 mile Nordschleife at the Nürburgring in Germany -- in a car it has built for that very purpose. At 9 minutes and 1.338 seconds...

  • Four Motors Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TDI
    Endurance Racing Sans Gasoline: Biodiesel Runs At Nurburgring

    The VLN is a race series held in Germany each year where the cars speed around the grueling Nurburgring-Nordschleife, a track often nicknamed the ‘Green Hell’ because it’s surrounded by pristine green hills but is also one of the toughest and most intensive of its kind anywhere in...

  • Gazoo Racing Lexus CT 200h race car
    Hybrid Hot Rods: Lexus CT 200h 'Ring Racer, Mugen Honda CR-Z Hardly Dull

    Hybrid cars, often defined in the public eye by the distinctive shape of the Toyota Prius, are frequently derided as dull and no fun to drive. While the Tesla Roadster smashed the stereotype of plug-in electric cars as slow and dorky, hybrids haven't been as lucky. So here are a couple of hybrid...

  • Peugeot EX1 EV concept
    Peugeot EX1 Sets New Electric Record at the 'Ring

    Last fall, the Peugeot EX1 Concept lit imaginations on fire when it debuted at the Paris Motor Show. Is it a three-wheeled bike? A car? Something totally different? I suppose the last option is the closest to correct. It's got four wheels, but the rear track is narrower than the front track. And a...

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0
    Porsche Launches Version 2.0 Of Amazing 911 GT3 R Hybrid Racer

    If at first you don't succeed ... make your race car better. That's the principle behind yesterday's launch of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0. It's the second iteration of Porsche's ground-breaking 911 endurance racer fitted with a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS. The first version of the...

  • Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 CNG

    A couple of months ago, we told you about Volkswagen's 2010 Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition, a specially trimmed version of its clean-diesel Jetta sedan that commemorates the TDI Cup racing series, now in its third season. But VW has other green racing activities elsewhere too.  Our sister site Motor Authority notes that Volkswagen will race a fleet of three natural-gas powered car on the famed Nürburgring circuit in Germany in a 24-hour endurance race that starts on May 12. The cars are all Scirocco coupes, a model not sold here but based on the same underpinnings as the more familiar Jetta...

  • Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
    Porsche 911 Hybrid Test Car Uses Flywheel To Store Energy

    Pretty much every manufacturer is now at least experimenting with hybrid cars. The bulk of them use a high-voltage battery pack to store and deliver energy to supplement a gasoline engine. But in its experimental 911 GT3 R Hybrid test car, Porsche has taken a different tack toward energy...

  • Toyota Prius G Sports Concept, 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon
    Toyota in Japan Gets Into The Prius Hybrid Bodykit Business

    The Japanese auto show known as the Tokyo Auto Salon is full of as many customized cars--and just as much weirdness--as its domestic counterpart, the massive SEMA show in Las Vegas. And just as it did at SEMA, with its Aerius and Aemulus customized Prius concepts, Toyota brought a factory custom to...

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