2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Electric Vehicle Racing

The 2014 Venturi America concept buggy in Paris (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

We don't hear from boutique automotive manufacturer Venturi very often, but when we do, it's always interesting news. The creator of the world's first production electric sports car revealed an updated version of its 2010 America electric dune buggy at this year's Paris Motor Show. The new concept car combines the high performance and handling of a sports car with the ever-fun design of a sand-hungry dune buggy.  Read More

Team March takes the track

Three weeks ago, the famed Goodwood House estate hosted its annual Festival of Speed. In a couple of months, noteworthy personalities and vehicles like the new Ant-Kahn Barchetta will descend on the UK motoring destination for the Goodwood Revival. In between those staple events, Goodwood has been keeping its asphalt hot with less famous events like this week's Greenpower IET Formula Goblin. Rolls-Royce sponsored a local team of primary schoolers, developing an "ultra luxury" electric go-kart for the event.  Read More

The MiEV Evolution III gets more power, improved aerodynamics and other upgrades

Mitsubishi is preparing to return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this month. It will compete in the Electric Modified Division with a pair of updated MiEV Evolution racers. The all-electric race car is more powerful and capable than ever.  Read More

The Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN, short for Zero Emission, No Noise is the 'greenest' portion o...

Although not quite as prestigious on the electric racing scale as the upcoming Formula-e series, the relatively new "Zero Emission, No Noise" (ZENN) series does give manufacturers a venue in which to put their electrics up against competing teams. Held in the rainy hills in and around Monte-Carlo last month, the race saw Renault’s ZOE dominate in not one, but all categories, essentially sweeping the series.  Read More

Ten teams, with two drivers, will drive fully-electric Formula E racers at speeds in exces...

As Nico Rossberg and Mercedes celebrate the first win of the 2014 Formula One season, another group of racers is preparing for a new electric race series. All-electric Formula E racers will hold their own Grand Prix for the first time this September at the iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing.  Read More

The Spark-Renault SRT_01E, in its first public demonstration in Las Vegas

Las Vegas got a reminder on Monday that technology is more than smartphones and tablets, as the Strip echoed to the whine of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E single-seater, all-electric race car making its public driving debut. Timed to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the first-of-its-kind Formula E electric racer was put through its paces by Brazilian Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi before heading on to Mandalay Bay in the city center.  Read More

For test purposes, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E used a 50 kW electric motor instead of the 20...

Spark-Renault has put its all-electric racer out on track for preliminary testing in preparation for the upcoming Formula E race season in Beijing next year. The SRT_01E ran 40 trouble-free laps using a 50 kW electric motor, instead of the 200 kW (270 hp) motor the car will use in 2014.  Read More

Nuon Team preparing for business time (Photo: World Solar Challenge)

Delft University's Nuon Solar Team has won the Challenger class of the World Solar Challenge. Its solar-powered Nuna 7 vehicle arrived in Adelaide at 10:03 a.m. on the morning of the fifth day of the event, having led from the front for the full 3,021 km from Darwin, crossing Australia from north coast to south in a total of a little over 33 hours. That puts its average speed at an impressive 91 km/h (57 mph).  Read More

The B12 69/EV shattered the world electric land speed record set almost 40 years ago

The old world electric land speed record was shattered on Tuesday when the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype hit 204.185 mph (328.603 km/h) on a racetrack at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, UK. Driven by former science minister and Drayson Racing chief executive Lord Drayson, the converted Lola LMP1 Le Mans racer easily ticked past the previous record of 175 mph (281.6 km/h) set in 1974 by Battery Box Electric in the US.  Read More

Westfield iRACER electric race car soon available in fit form (Photo: Westfield Sportscars...

In what might seem like an odd pairing, Birmingham City University and Westfield Sportscars have joined forces to develop the world’s first build at home electric race car kit. The iRACER is an all-electric vehicle designed to educate and excite, while also supporting the growing forces urging the sport of racing to go local-emissions-free.  Read More

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