If you've been impatiently waiting to watch electric cars rip racetrack asphalt asunder, an end to your suffering may be in sight. A new racing series branded EV Cup has just been launched in London with plans to bring 3 separate classes of cars to a half-dozen tracks around Europe beginning in 2011. City and Sports EV series would consist of mono-maker grids using production vehicles, though they would receive some race prep in the way of stripped-out cabins and juiced-up powertrains. The Prototype EV division is more of a no-holds-barred time-trial-style constructor vs constructor affair with no weight or power restrictions and front, rear or all-wheel-drive configurations accepted.
The organization already has automakers lining up to get involved. According to the EV Cup website Th!nk would provide the first field in the City EV category (with the more-appropriately-named than ever Th!nk City), while both Ginetta and the Lightning Car Company are eying a Sports EV series. Meanwhile in the Prototype EV division, the GreenGT team is registered and ready to rumble, so to speak, with their single-seat racer they say can hit 60 mph in under 4 seconds on the way up to its top speed of 170 mph. While they might only get down to official checkered-flag business in over a year from now, we expect to see the EV Cup crew making promotional appearances with vehicles in Europe and America in 2010. Holding out a promise of high-profile brand exposure and racing-environment tech development potential, the opportunity should present a seductive proposition for many in the electric vehicle space. Hit the jump for both the official press release plus bonus video of the GreenGT car hitting 124 mph in a recent run on an airstrip in the Swiss Alps.
[Source: EV Cup]
MOTOR RACING GOES GREEN WITH NEW ZERO EMISSION ELECTRIC CAR SERIES
EV CUP LEADS THE WAY
The world's first 'green' motor racing series based totally around zero emission electric cars,
has been launched in London with plans to have cars racing across Europe in 2011.
The pioneering new series, known as the EV (Electric Vehicles) Cup, is working with vehicle
manufacturers to bring together a range of electric powered cars to race at top circuits
A new company, EEVRC Ltd, has been set up to introduce and run this new racing sector,
which aims to help the car makers change the image of electric vehicles from being local
runabouts to high performance, highly desirable cars.
The EV Cup events initially plan to feature three different sectors of cars – City, Sports and
Prototypes. Already EV manufacturers THINK, Ginetta, Lightning Car Company and
GreenGT have expressed their support to the series.
In 2010 EV Cup will hold a number of promotional events in the UK and mainland Europe
aimed at giving the public and would-be competitors a chance to sample the high power
delivery of these innovative green electric cars.
Then in 2011 the series is provisionally planning a six-race programme of events at top motor
racing circuits in the UK, France and Germany. The organisers will be working with the
national and world-wide governing bodies to establish a unique new set of rules for electric
cars with particular emphasis on safety.
Says Managing Director Sylvain Filippi: "We are creating an opportunity for the EV
manufacturers to promote their vehicles in a new and exciting way. We want to show that
green motor sport is a reality – and an exciting one at that."
The team at EV Cup have a wealth of experience in the motor industry, electric vehicle
development and motor sport, all three sectors of which are seen as paramount in making the
green concept motor sport take off. Directors Sylvain Filippi and Andrew Lee have eight years
experience within the electric vehicle sector. Race Director Grahame Butterworth has more
than 30 years experience within motor sport.
Further details of the series can be viewed at www.evcup.com
THINK is a pioneer in electric vehicles and a leader in electric vehicle technology, developed
and proven over 18 years. It is one of the few companies that has a 'ready-to-market' fully
electric vehicle – the THINK City. With its market-leading range, driveability and recyclability,
the THINK City is the first vehicle of its type to be granted pan-European regulatory safety
approval and CE certification.
Visit THINK at: www.thinkev.com
Press Contact: James Andrew on email@example.com
Phone Number: +44 (0)7772 534985
Ginetta have been building road and race cars since 1958, rich in racing pedigree with their
multi marque racing including the Ginetta Junior, G20 Championship and higher powered
motor racing at a GT level with the G50, GT4, G50Z and the Ginetta-Zytek's LMP1 and LMP2
Visit Ginetta at: www.ginettacars.com
Press Contact: Aimi McNeill on firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number: +44 (0)113 385 3564
About The Lighting Car Company
The Lightning Car Company is proud to release the UK's first electric GT sports car.
Combining classic, British sports car design with racing car technology and state of the art
NanoSafe™ battery power and Hi-Pa Drive™ electric motor innovation, the Lightning has
been developed with exhilarating performance front of mind.
Visit the Lightning Car Company at: www.lightningcarcompany.co.uk
Press Contact: Fiona Gaiger on email@example.com
Phone Number: +44 (0)7770 586 283
GreenGT is based in Switzerland and has been founded by Jean-François Weber and
Christophe Schwartz. Their idea and mission is to go further than the existing KERS and
hybrid systems as they believe that full Racing Electric Vehicles are the way forward.
Visit Green GT at: www.green-gt.com
Press Contact: Jean-Francois Weber on firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number: +41 (0)792139593