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Race Cars

  • Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy race car dynamic debut during 2018 Formula E Berlin ePrix

    Formula E, the first all-electric worldwide racing series, plans to expand beyond street racing to remote parts of the planet with a new series. Called Extreme E, the new series would use SUV-like race cars to tackle the wilds of lands such as the Arctic and the Himalayas. Formula E CEO and founder Alejandro Agag confirmed the new series to Motorsport.com, but did not release many details. Referring to automakers' interest in the new series, Agag told Motorsport.com, "SUV is the name of the game—that’s where the big manufacturers are going and that’s where I think this will...

  • Audi PB18 e-tron concept
    Audi reveals PB18 e-tron concept in Monterey–with moveable cockpit and solid-state batteries

    With the annual classic car weekend going on in California, automakers are all working to outdo each other—and this year that means with electric cars. On Friday, Audi revealed its PB18 e-tron. Although it's a concept car, intended to combine the ideas from last year's self-driving Audi Aicon...

  • Tesla-powered EPower Racing Cobra
    Tesla motor, Shelby Cobra body, Kia battery: watch electric Cobra stun a race crowd

    In 1962, a 39-year-old Carroll Shelby stuffed a Ford V-8 into an AC Ace to create one of the most sought after performance cars ever made, the AC Cobra. Some 50 years later, a group of engineers from British Columbia, Canada has brought Shelby's idea—small two-seat sports car, very big...

  • 2016 Tesla Model S
    Tesla Model S electric-car racing series to launch next year

    Some car fans don't connect with racing series because their purpose-built, open-wheel race cars bear no resemblance to anything they see on the street. And perhaps the same could be said of today's Formula E circuit of electric-car races across the globe. But how about a race series exclusively...

  • Nissan’s three-cylinder engine for its ZEOD RC electrified Le Mans car
    Nissan Reveals Tiny Engine For Electric ZEOD Le Mans Racer

    Downsizing isn't just a concept reserved for road-going vehicles--the world of motor racing is adopting the theory too. Smaller engines, turbocharging and hybrid technology is all the rage, with this year's F1 grid adopting all three in an effort to remain relevant. Nissan's ZEOD RC Le Mans car is...

  • Nissan ZEOD RC electric race car
    Nissan's Electric ZEOD Race Car Revealed In Full: Video

    German automaker Audi might command the most real estate at the Le Mans 24 Hour race in France each year, but in 2013 Nissan's off-track presence certainly wasn't far behind. Promoting its NISMO motorsport brand, Nissan also reserved a space for its 2015 Le Mans challenger--the electric ZEOD race...

  • Nissan ZEOD RC

    Both the Porsche 918 Spyder and Nissan ZEOD RC are taking the track. The Porsche set a record lap at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, while the Nissan is set to do a demonstration at Fuji Speedway, as Nissan prepares it for the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

  • Nissan ZEOD RC
    Nissan ZEOD RC Electric Race Car Dresses For The Track (Video)

    Last week, Nissan announced it had chosen a development driver for its ZEOD RC electric race car project, Spanish gamer-turned-racer, Lucas Ordóñez. This week, the automaker and its motorsport arm Nismo has allowed us a little insight into the car itself, starting with the strong...

  • 2014 Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans Garage 56 electric race car
    Nissan's Electric Le Mans Car Tested By Gamer-Turned-Racer

    Nissan has chosen Spanish video game to race-car driver sensation Lucas Ordóñez to test and develop the ZEOD RC electric race car ahead of its Le Mans debut next year. Ordóñez made his climb to fame by winning the inaugural Nissan GT Academy--a competition set up by...

  • Honda NSX Concept-GT
    Honda NSX Concept-GT: Honda's Hybrid Racer Revealed

    Honda and Acura can't resist teasing us with its latest hybrid sports car, the NSX. We've seen concepts and disguised production models, and now there's a race car ready to hit the circuit, aimed at Japan's premier GT racing series. The Honda NSX Concept-GT is designed to comply with GT500...

  • "Stella" World Solar Challenge Car (Image: Solar Team Eindhoven)
    Entrant In World Solar Car Challenge Is 'Family Sedan,' Sort Of

    We're always interested in following the progress of competitors in the World Solar Challenge--a solar-powered race across Australia--but as our readers regularly point out, not immediately useful for the average electric car buyer on the street. Solar Team Eindhoven, from the Eindhoven University...

  • Nissan ZEOD RC electric race car live photos, 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2013
    Electric Race Cars, From The Dragstrip To Pikes Peak (Photo Gallery)

    Electric cars are certainly becoming a more familiar sight on the roads these days, but in the ultra-competitive world of professional motor sport they're also beginning to get a foot-hold. Regular readers will be no stranger to many of these vehicles, tackling disciplines as diverse as crossing...

  • AMZ Racing Team's Formula Student electric racing car (Image: AMZ Racing Team)

    Want to know where the next generation of race car engineers are going to come from? Chances are they'll have taken part in one of the many Formula Student at some point, open to student engineers all over the world with the aim of building and racing a single-seater racing car. This year--for the first time ever--an electric vehicle has won the UK competition, reports Earth Techling. In fact, electric cars came first and second, suggesting something of a paradigm shift in the competition--usually dominated by gasoline-powered racers, is this year simply a one-off or the start of electric car...

  • Nissan ZEOD RC electric race car live photos, 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2013
    Nissan Unveils ZEOD Electric Race Car Prototype At Le Mans

    The 24 Heures du Mans endurance race, held at Circuit de la Sarthe in France, is the world's most famous endurance car race. It's also a hotbed of automotive technology development. So while Audi's dominance and the sad loss of competitor Allan Simonsen in the weekend's race dominated the on-track...

  • 2013 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II electric race car
    Mitsubishi Electric Race Car To Tackle Pikes Peak Hill Climb Once Again

    Mitsubishi caused a stir at last year's Pikes Peak hill climb with its electric i-MiEV Evolution race car, and the team is returning this year to challenge for overall honors. While last year's racer was loosely based on the i-MiEV or 'i' electric road car, the new MiEV Evolution II makes no such...

  • Strategic Recovery Institute EV1
    Electric Racer Runs Baja Peninsula Endurance Race, Sadly Retires

    Electric motorsport might seem a bit superficial--defining the future of transportation by something as uncouth as speed and excitement. The reality couldn't be further from the truth. Speedy and exciting it may be, but motorsport has always helped push road car technology to its limits and there's...

  • Aston Martin Hybrid Hyrdogen Rapide S
    Hydrogen Aston Martin Rapide Completes First Racing Lap, Many More To Follow

    Aston Martin has achieved its target of completing a racing lap around one of the world's toughest tracks--on hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide S made its debut at a four-hour ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup VLN series race, at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in...

  • 2013 Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car
    Aston Martin Rapide Hydrogen Racer To Debut Next Month

    Aston Martins evoke images of racing success and James Bond, but green technology hasn't often been at the top of the company's agenda. Times change though, and next month the British luxury automaker will field a hybrid hydrogen Rapide S race car in the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring...

  • Westfield iRacer electric sports car

    The Westfield sports car company isn't widely known out of its UK home, but the firm has a long history of light-weight sports cars, many based on the classic Lotus 7 shape. Squint hard enough and the Westfield iRacer isn't dissimilar, with a long, narrow body and outboard wheels. But that's where the similarities end. That's because the iRacer is an electric sports car--something you quickly realise when watching its eerily silent track debut in the video above (via Wired). Where similar sports cars usually scream to the sound of a highly-tuned four-cylinder engine, the iRacer's power is...

  • Red Bull Racing during testing for the 2013 Formula One season
    F1 Racing's Focus Turns To 2014's More Fuel Efficient Engines

    The 2013 Formula One racing season is already underway--and already causing controversy--but from an engineering standpoint much of the focus is already on 2014. That's because from the start of next season, new engine regulations are set to significantly improve the cars' fuel efficiency, and...

  • Aston Martin Rapide S
    Hydrogen-Powered Aston Martin Rapide To Hit The Track In 2013

    Fuel cells aren't the only way to use hydrogen as a fuel in vehicles--burning it works too. That's exactly what Aston Martin will be doing at the Nurburgring 24-hour race later this year, when it fields a hydrogen-fueled version of its Rapide luxury sedan. According to our sister site Motor...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf Nismo RC electric race car
    Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Racer: Video Update

    The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC race car may have only turned a wheel in anger once outside of demo runs, but that doesn't make it any less exciting. At a glance, you might think it shares very little with the electric car that shares its name. You may even expect there to be a gasoline engine screaming...

  • 2014 Mazda Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D diesel race car at Daytona
    Mazda Diesel Daytona Racer Used Synthetic Fuel

    One of the more hotly-anticipated cars of this year is the diesel variant of Mazda's new 6 sedan. It's a striking car on the outside, but its efficient clean diesel engine should make it striking on the road too--with cleanliness and efficiency being key priorities. Efficiency is always a priority...

  • Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept
    Nissan Leaf Owners Get Hot Laps In Electric Nismo RC Racer

    Race cars aren't known for their gas-sipping qualities. The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is a little different. Not only is it one of a handful of race cars in the world that emits no more pollution than its road car equivalent, but it's rather more silent than the production Leaf too. And quicker, of...

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