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    Exclusive: Refuel 2014: the best way to spend a summer's day in California
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    What's the best way to spend a summer day in California? If you're an electric vehicle enthusiast, there can only be one answer: the annual Refuel event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the second year I've been fortunate enough to attend – thanks to an invitation from Speed Ventures, ...

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    Motorsports: Refuel 2014: Shane Turpin sets SportElectric TT record aboard Brammo Empulse RR [w/video]

    The faded blue eyes of the corner worker lit up and his tanned face, furrows plowed deep by the California sun, cracked a bemused smile as the Brammo Empulse RR, like a yanagi blade taking a sliver of sashimi from a fresh fillet, smoothly sliced its way through the corkscrew. Minutes earlier, I'd ...

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    Motorsports: Refuel 2014: Rattlesnake Electric Sport aim carbon fiber arrow at overall electric record

    "I think we could do something, although I tend to show not tell." That was the demure response Rattlesnake Electric Sport principal Richard Hilleman sent us after we inquired as to whether he wanted to discuss his latest kart and his desire to set the overall electric lap record at Mazda ...

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    Refuel, TMC Connect conspire on most electric weekend ever

    Refuel is back for 2014 and so is TMC Connect. This year the two events have logistically coordinated to make the July 18th weekend quite possibly the most electric ever. Refuel by Speed Ventures has been introducing owners of electric cars, motorcycles, and even go-karts to the wonders of the ...

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    Video: Tesla Model S laps Laguna Seca, gives us a track tutorial

    The Tesla Model S is not a track car. Yet, when we watched it make its way around (the very awesome) Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the 2013 Refuel Sport Electric TT, we couldn't help but be impressed that the electric passenger sedan, penalized by more than 4,600 pounds of curb weight and ...

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    Exclusive: Refuel 2013: In which an electric vehicle event comes of age and I live to tell about it

    I was making soul-swapping deals with whatever entity might be listening as we entered the very first turn. The corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It's probably the most famous single element of any racetrack in the United States. Nay, the world. I expected my first plunge through its ...

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    Refuel 2013: Rattlesnake Electric Sport go-karts go racing

    You know what's a lot – a lot – of fun? Racing. You know what's really expensive? Also, racing. Fortunately, there's cheaper way of getting into the sport of testing the limits of man-melded-to-machine than going out and building or buying a full-fledged race car. Yup, go-karts! You ...

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    Exclusive: Refuel 2013: Bostrom rides Brammo to top time at SportElectric TT

    The SportElectric TT is the crescendo of Refuel – an electric vehicle event organized by Speed Ventures which has, over the past five years, allowed EV builders and owners to become intimately acquainted with the twists and turns of the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca that sits just outside ...

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    Exclusive: Refuel 2013: Fiat invites us to autocross 500e, we oblige

    For a car that Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne still doesn't sound enthusiastic to sell, the 500e sure is getting a lot of official company support. Despite this year's admittedly-limited production run already being sold out, the company continues to promote the values of the improved (in my ...

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    Official: Refuel's 5th Annual EV will race quietly at Laguna Seca

    For each of the past four years, Refuel has crowned a new record setting electric vehicle when it comes to a record-fastest lap at its Clean Power Motorsports Event. And with more than a few Tesla Model S EVs now floating around California, here's guessing this year will be no ...

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    Refuel 2012 is undoubtedly the best Refuel ever [w/video]

    Three years ago, when the very first Refuel event was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was a relatively small affair with a smattering of vehicles in attendance. With the fourth edition of this electric vehicle-centric happening now complete, it's amazing to see how much has changed. And, ...

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    REFUEL reopens Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to electric vehicles. For free

    There are lots of fringe benefits to building or buying an electric vehicle. While eliminating the need to visit gas stations probably ranks at the top of our list, a close second might be the opportunity to run hot laps at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during Refuel. Hosted by Speed Ventures, this ...

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    Video: Steve Rapp lays down record lap at Refuel Sport Electric TT for Mission Motors

    The recent Refuel SportElectric TT at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca not only saw the best four-wheel electric lap ever, it also offered Mission Motors the opportunity to finally show off its hawt Mission R in motion and come home with some shiny trophy hardware. Mission's 1:43.728 hot lap is ...

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    Video: KleenSpeed EV-X11 wins ReFuel SportElectric TT, breaks own record

    Kleenspeed Technologies has turned up the volume on its electric race car efforts by producing the EV-X11 and another win at the Refuel SportElectric TT. Piloted by company head Tim Collins, the prototype average 81.5 miles per hour around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, hacking almost four seconds ...

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    Video: Nissan Leaf laps Laguna Seca

    In late June, a stock Nissan Leaf piloted by veteran racer Chad Hord entered the history books by completing the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 14 minutes 33 seconds. While the 12.42-mile course up the Peak is challenging, so to are the twists and turns at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It's not often ...

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    Refuel 2011 lets you drive Laguna Seca in your electric vehicle for fun or trophies

    For the third straight year Speed Ventures is hosting Refuel at Laguna Seca. The event gives electric vehicle (EV) owners a chance to take their ride for a spin on a world-famous race track. For you more competitive types, there is also a chance to race against the clock and win a TT Electric ...

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    Refuel 2010 at Laguna Seca gives Kleenspeed 2nd SportElectric TT trophy [w/video]

    Kleenspeed West WX10 at Refuel 2010 – Click above to watch video after the break
    The recently held Refuel 2010 gave some electric vehicle owners and developers an opportunity to have some Laguna Seca track time and a shot at trophies for the quickest hot lap. For the second year in a row, ...

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    Refuel returns with SportElectric TT at Laguna Seca

    They're doing it again! Last year at the famed Laguna Seca circuit, Speed Ventures hosted Refuel, a gathering of alternatively fueled vehicles that culminated with the SportElectric TT. The chance to take private electric vehicles onto the track (for free!) and do some timed hot laps proved ...

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    VIDEO: Refuel 2009 Electric Sport TT wrap up

    Refuel 2009 at Laguna Seca – click above to watch the videos after the jump
    Last Sunday's Refuel event at Laguna Seca seems to have gone off without a hitch with a lot of good track time being had by all. Well, mostly all. At least one car had a motor expire in a ball of plasma but other ...

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    Refuel 2009: Laguna Seca lineup of electric vehicle entrants lengthens

    When we first told you about next Sunday's alternative vehicle Refuel event at Laguna Seca, it wasn't clear exactly which machines would make it to the first-of-its-kind event. Speed Ventures, the outfit organizing the occasion, now has a list of participants posted and it's safe to say that if you ...


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