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Sardinia set to join Extreme E’s 2021 schedule

By Mark Glendenning Extreme E has reached an agreement in principle to host the fourth event of its inaugural season on the Italian island of Sardinia from October 23-24. Dubbed the Island X-Prix, the event is a step towards replacing the originally scheduled events in Brazil and Argentina that were shelved due to the ongoing […]

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Ekström, Peterhansel and Sainz to debut electrified powertrain

Three motorsports legends to usher in new Dakar Rally era next January. The 2022 Dakar Rally will see three legends of motorsport – Mattias Ekström, Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz – add an historic new chapter to their careers by driving the first hybrid car using an electrified powertrain at the world’s toughest rally. Here is […]

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Audi RS Q e-tron aims to take on the Dakar with an electrified drivetrain

Team OD  Audi aims to be the first manufacturer to bring an electrified drivetrain and put it up against conventionally powered opponents in what is considered one of the toughest and most robust rallies, the Dakar. Julius Seebach, managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH and the man responsible for motorsport at Audi said “The Quattro […]

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Cape Town to host a Formula E round in Feb

Staff writer International electric-car series will race through Cape Town’s streets as part of 16-race season in 2022 Cape Town has been added to the new 2021/2022 season of Formula E, the all-electric racing series. Vancouver and Seoul have also been added to grow the series to a record 16-race championship in 2021/2022, according to a provisional […]

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Promising start for Hyundai Motorsport at first-ever PURE Electric Touring Car Racing

Hyundai Motorsport has claimed multiple wins in highly competitive battles at the first-ever PURE ETCR (Electric Touring Car Racing) round at Vallelunga in Italy. On a weekend of close racing from 18 to 20 June, Hyundai’s Veloster N ETCR with Augusto Farfus behind the steering wheel made history with a victory in the first-ever PURE […]

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Is Audi’s ’dream’ Dakar Rally team inspired by Stallone’s The Expendables?

 Audi becomes the first car manufacturer to battle for overall victory in the infamous Dakar Rally next year with an electrified powertrain, not only heralding an energy revolution in cross-country motorsport, but at the same time securing three illustrious driver teams for this ambitious project. Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist (Sweden), Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger (France) and Carlos […]

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Mercedes Starts Building Its Tesla Model S Fighter

BY JAY RAMEY 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS production begins ahead of first deliveries later this year, in single-motor EQS450+ form and AWD EQS580. 107.8-kWh battery will power Mercedes’ electric flagship, giving it a range of 479 miles in the WLTP cycle, and likely over 400 in the EPA cycle. Other competitors to the Tesla Model S and […]

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FIA announce electric GT category

By Michael Callander The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has announced it intends to introduce a new, all-electric GT racing category. The cars will implement “a unique combination of innovations unseen in motorsport to date“, giving manufacturers “a platform to develop technology relevant to their high-performance road cars.                     […]

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Rosberg X Racing storms to victory in the Desert X-Prix

By Vince Pettit Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor handed Nico Rosberg’s RXR team victory in the first race of the Extreme E series as competitors took on the Desert X-Prix. There was drama in before the final as the SEGI TV Chip Ganassi Racing and ABT Cupra XE fought it out in the shootout race, it […]

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Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is coming to South Africa!

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – the first all-electric car from the Swedish luxury brand – will be launched in South Africa in the second half of 2021. This all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) has already demonstrated strong sales internationally. Thousands of orders were placed for the XC40 Recharge even before the formal start of sales […]

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Audi Supercharges the EV Sedan Segment with the 2022 e-tron GT

BY WESLEY WREN Audi’s latest electric sedans pack serious power. Audi this summer is adding to the growing list of high-horsepower, all-electric sedans with its e-tron and RS e-tron. The pair bucks the electric-powered crossover trend, giving folks who still crave the high-end luxury sport-sedan experience a stylish battery-powered option. AUDI Powering the base e-tron GT are two electric […]

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Extreme E teams wrap up first group test

By RACER Staff | Extreme E, the innovative new electric off-road series, has completed its first group test at MotorLand Aragan in Spain, with many of the world’s biggest names in rally and off-road racing joining together. The impressive line-up, which included rally legends Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz, World Rallycross champions Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy […]

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Hispano Suiza replaces HWA for inaugural Extreme E season

By RACER Staff | Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team will join the field for the inaugural Extreme E season, taking the place of HWA, which has withdrawn from the all-electric off-road series for “economic and strategic reasons”. Oliver Bennett and Christine Giampaoli Zonca will drive for the Spanish team, which carries on a competitive legacy for […]

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Sebastien Loeb to race for Lewis Hamilton’s Extreme E team

By: Alan Baldwin Two icons of the racing world will team up for the event Nine-times rally world champion Sebastien Loeb will race in the new Extreme E off-road electric series next year for a team owned by seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton. The two are the most successful drivers of all time in their […]

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Claudia Hürtgen joins Mattias Ekström for ABT CUPRA XE Extreme E season 1

By Vince Pettit With 25 years of motorsport under her belt already, Claudia Hürtgen is set for a new challenge for 2021 when she joins the ABT CUPRA XE team for the first season of Extreme E. The German racer started in karting before moving in to single-seaters, unfortunately an accident at the 1993 F3 invitational race at Monaco ended […]

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Extreme E teams get to grips with ODYSSEY 21 in first tests

By RACER Staff | With just four months to go to the first race of Season 1, Extreme E teams are taking delivery of their ODYSSEY 21 cars getting their first opportunities to put them through their paces in a series of tests. Andretti United. Image by Oliver Emery Among them was Chip Ganassi Racing, which […]

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Rallying: Dakar winner Sainz to compete in new Extreme E electric series

By Alan Baldwin (Reuters) – Double world rally champion and triple Dakar winner Carlos Sainz will drive for his own team when the new Extreme E electric off-road series starts next year, the Spaniard announced on Monday. Compatriot Laia Sanz, a 13-times women’s trial motorcycle world champion, will be his team mate. Sanz has reached […]

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RX2e Car Revealed Ahead of 2021 Debut

By Pontus Lindroos | thecheckeredflag.co.uk The official car for the new all-electric FIA World Rallycross Championship support series FIA RX2e Championship support series has been officially revealed. The car, which is heavily based on the former Supercar Lites platform have been given a fresh new look ahead of the first season next year compared to its predecessor. The championship […]

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DTM Electric set for start in 2023

By TouringCarTimes The DTM Electric is set for introduction in 2023 and a first prototype race car was shown during the 2020 season finale at Hockenheim. The car, featuring 1200hp, has been developed in cooperation between the DTM organisation ITR and industrial supplier Schaeffler. “Together with Schaeffler, our first strategic partner with which we will […]

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Hyundai and Hayden Paddon reveal all-electric rally machine

By Nile Bijoux Hyundai has debuted a rather epic piece of kit today – a Kona-based pure-electric rally car. The 400kW-plus rally monster has been developed alongside local boy Hayden Paddon over 18 months in Cromwell. Around 80 per cent of the car was designed in-house in terms of chassis design, engineering, aerodynamics, suspension, steering, cooling and […]

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Formula E takes minority shareholding in Extreme E

By RACER Staff | Formula E has bought a minority stake in the new all-electric off-road series Extreme E. With Formula E’s investment comes a seat on the Extreme E Board of Directors, which will be held by Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle. “Formula E and Extreme E stand out as sports founded with purpose,” […]

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Extreme E reveals team liveries, updated calendar via virtual launch

By RACER Staff | Extreme E — the new electric off-road series — revealed liveries of its teams via a “virtual launch” event, marking just under six months until the championship’s first race in March 2021. All the teams joined remotely from their various locations including the U.S., UK, Germany, Spain and Asia as they […]

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SuperCharge, an all-new global motorsport series

SuperCharge, an all-new global motorsport series featuring electric crossover vehicles and incorporating elements of off-road and drifting, has announced plans to launch in 2022. The inaugural series is targeting eight events taking place right across the globe, in cities from the U.S., Asia-Pacific, China, Europe and the Middle East, with the aim “to provide spectacular […]

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Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4 Squared shows path for off-roading’s electric future

Mercedes-Benz has coupled the extreme off-road hardware of the G-Class 4×4 Squared with the EQC battery-electric SUV to preview the future of off-roading. The resulting EQC 4×4 Squared you see here is strictly a concept, but development of its off-roading system lays the groundwork for future electric all- and four-wheel-drive systems from Mercedes, including potentially the system destined […]

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Extreme E testing begins – with Lewis Hamilton entering his X44 team

For sports involving very fast cars, launching a new racing series can feel a little like turning around an oil tanker. But, following the announcement Lewis Hamilton will enter his X44 team into the new climate-aware Extreme E, some of the world’s best drivers are getting even more involved than the six-time F1 world champion. […]

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WRC champion Loeb among drivers in Extreme E test session

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb also tested the Extreme E car last week with Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas and Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne. The presence of Loeb and Bottas for the six-day shakedown of the 550bhp ODYSSEY 21 E-SUV at Chateau de Lastours in southern France was initially intended to remain private. But Mercedes’ […]

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Veloce Racing announce ART Grand Prix as official Extreme E Competition Partner

Veloce Racing has announced a brand-new collaboration with multiple-discipline motorsport team, ART Grand Prix, as its Competition Partner ahead of the inaugural season of Extreme E, commencing in early 2021. Veloce Racing continues its recent expansion, following significant investment and subsequent merge with sister company Veloce Esports in August. The London-based organisation grows ever-stronger with […]

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Projekt E: Raymond Claims Debut Win With Citroën in Latvia

Two-time RX2 International Series champion Cyril Raymond claimed a debut win with the all-new Citroën Racing supported Citroën C3 ERX in the second round of the 2020 Projekt E series at Riga. The new car was supposed to make its debut with Mads Østberg behind the wheel back at the opening round in Sweden earlier this summer, but the appearance was postponed to this weekend due […]

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Cupra Has a Very Special Garage in Europe, Shelters new Extreme E Showcar

The Spanish automaker’s high-performance motorsport division-turned independent brand has been expanding tremendously during a noticeably short period of time, but it still keeps an eye on actual competitions. And now it’s on the verge of debuting alongside Germany’s ABT Sportsline in the newly proposed Extreme E electric SUVs off-road racing series. By the looks of […]

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Raymond to Debut C3 ERX in Latvia

Double RX2 International Series champion Cyril Raymond will debut the brand-new all-electric Citroën C3 ERX next weekend in the second round of the Projekt E support series at the World RX of Latvia in Riga. Raymond was a regular driver in last year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship as he drove for the GCK Academy team but has been without a seat for this season and will instead […]

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Hamilton puts his name behind new Extreme E team X44

Lewis Hamilton has announced he will enter his own team in the new Extreme E series which will begin next year. However the six-times Formula 1 world champion said he “won’t be operationally involved in X44” due to his “ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Formula 1”. Hamilton’s contract to drive for the team expires at […]

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Electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype beats performance targets ahead of public debut

The all-electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype ran a quarter-mile in 8.27 seconds at 168mph and reached 1,502 peak wheel horsepower in recent private development testing, Ford Performance has revealed, ahead of the car’s public debut at this weekend’s NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. The latter number is equivalent to the combined output of […]

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Team Techeetah confirms Extreme E entry

Team Techeetah is the latest entry in the all-electric Extreme E series which is set to kick-off in 2021. The first team representing Asia, Team Techeetah Extreme E will be owned by the Indover Group and managed by SECA, a leading Chinese sports management and marketing company which owns DS Techeetah. Indover Group is an Indonesian-owned […]

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Block on Projekt E – Great to be at the forefront of electric racing

The American rally, rallycross and YouTube star Ken Block had a strong weekend at Höljes in Sweden last weekend where he became the first-ever drive to win in the new all-electric Projekt E series. Block dominated most of the weekend despite having two spins on the Saturday’s two qualifying sessions. He won first qualifying as the Austrian driver Hermann Neubauer received a […]

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See it first! Ford’s electric Cobra Jet Mustang to run at U.S.Nationals

Ford’s all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 Mustang will make its public debut at the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Proving once again that drag racing is still Detroit’s best laboratory. James Watt is smiling down on drag racers. Most people think of lightbulbs when they hear his name, but Watt wasn’t an […]

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BLOCK WRITES HISTORY TO BECOME THE FIRST PROJEKT E WINNER

The 52-year-old YouTube star, rally and rallycross legend Ken Block from the United States of America became the first-ever race winner of the world’s first all-electric rallycross series Projekt E as he dominated the final at the series debut in Höljes, Sweden. With only three drivers entered for the first round of the Projekt E series, it was an […]

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Audi boss admits Tesla is two years ahead

Audi’s future is electric, but today it’s far from the leader in the segment. In fact, it’s behind. On Thursday Automotive News reported that Audi CEO Markus Duesmann told a German daily publication that Tesla’s the leader in electrification. “Currently, Tesla has larger batteries because their cars are built around the batteries. Tesla is two years ahead in […]

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Volkswagen Zwickau car factory to produce only electric models in future

Passing the baton: After today’s phase-out of the Golf Variant, the Zwickau plant now produces exclusively fully electric vehicles. ID.3 1st Edition (58 kWh net battery energy content): power consumption in accordance with NEDC in kWh/100 km: combined 14.5; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+. Golf Estate R: the vehicle is no longer […]

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Sweden’s Jonsson wins virtual rally championship

Robin Jonsson won the Volkswagen Motorsport Rally Powys to be crowned champion of the Solberg World Cup – a global, virtual rally championship. With four wins from six rallies, the Swede was the dominant force on the rally routes on the “Dirt Rally 2.0” simulator. Czech driver Lukas Mateja and Frenchman Jonathan Schaeffer had to […]