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    Official: Garlits' SR-37 quest for 200 mph on batteries continues in June
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    Like Babe Ruth and his 1932 "called shot" home run against the Chicago Cubs, racing legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits is calling one of his own. He's taking his battery-powered "Swamp Rat 37" back to Florida's Bradenton Motorsports Park on June 8. And he's predicting a beat-down on the 200 mile per ...

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    Official: Audi calls R18 E-Tron Quattro its 'most complex race car'
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    Technically speaking, Audi's R18 E-Tron Quattro is quite technical. The German automaker says the diesel-hybrid is the "most complex race car" it's ever created. And we'll take their word for it. The Audi, which pairs a V6 turbodiesel powering the rear wheels with two electric motors, is all ...

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    Motorsports: Ho-Pin Tung tests FIA Formula E electric racecar [w/video]
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    Ho-Pin Tung became the first Chinese driver to test one of the racecars competing in the all-electric racing series to debut in September. That's appropriate because the first race of the FIA Formula E Championship will take place on his home turf in Beijing, and it's never too early to try to ...

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    Official: Garlits, electric dragster shooting for 200 mph next week
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    A drag racing legends is hoping a rechargeable dragster will bring him a little fountain of youth. "Big Daddy" Don Garlits will race his "Swamp Rat" SR-37 at Florida's Brandenton Motorsports Park on April 30. The goal is to become the first dragster of its kind to break 200 miles per hour on a ...

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    Motorsports: Formula E drops Rio from inaugural season calendar
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    If you've been looking forward to Formula E kicking off its inaugural season of electric racing and holding an event in Brazil, you were probably pretty stoked to see that the calendar included a race in Rio de Janeiro. As well you should: while Brazil has been a mainstay of the Formula One ...

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    Official: UK's Bluebird will make September electric race a family affair
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    Bluebird will make sure the debut of its electric vehicle is all in the family. The racing-vehicle maker, which is headed by UK racing royalty Don Wales, will enter an electric vehicle in a September race that will feature celebrity and father-son teams. The winner will take home the Bluebird ...

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    Official: Formula E adds eight new drivers to all-electric race series
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    The FIA Formula E Championship electric-vehicle racing circuit has added eight drivers to the competition to bring its total to 16. Ex-Formula One driver Bruno Senna from Brazil, French Champ Car Series racer Sébastien Bourdais, Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan from India and American ...

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    Motorsports: Formula E gets ready in Malaysia; Celtics owner invests in EV race series
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    "There are no points for second place" may be a long-repeated mantra among anyone involved in competitive racing (or Top Gun fanatics, for that matter), but the folks of Putrajaya, Malaysia, seem to be OK with that position. City leaders recently feted an official agreement for Putrajaya to host ...

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    Pikes Peak results show EV prowess in record-setting year
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    With a newly paved path up the mountain, it's no surprise the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb finished with some new records in the books. Overall winner Sébastien Loeb had an impressive record-setting time of 8:13.878, but the electric class didn't disappoint, either. After all, ...

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    Official: Endurance racer Keiko Ihara signs on as new face of Nissan Leaf [w/video]
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    The Nissan Leaf isn't exactly synonymous with long-distance racing but that isn't stopping the Japanese automaker from using one of Japan's most recognizable endurance racers to promote the electric vehicle. Nissan has reached an agreement to sponsor Keiko Ihara, who has the distinction of being ...

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    Video: BBC takes a look at Drayson's 200-mph EV racer
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    Credit the BBC for doing its best to dispel the notion that electric-powered vehicles are – as it puts it – "dull and boring." The UK broadcaster posted a two-minute video that profiles Paul Drayson and his racing team, which is building racing EVs that can go as fast as 200 miles per ...

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    Video: Nissan Leaf Nismo RC drives in world's most peaceful racing clip
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    We're not sure if Nissan's new video for its Leaf Nismo RC is purposely silent to prove a point about the car's quiet drivetrain or not, but we appreciate the calmness of watching the electric powered "racecar" make its way through the S-curves of an unidentified track. Nissan Europe last week ...

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    Video: Don Garlits drives electric Swamp Rat #37 in preparation of record attempt
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    "Big Daddy" Don Garlits is a legend in drag racing. Over the decades he's set a lot of records, and was the first to break hit 200 miles per hour in the quarter-mile (and the eighth-mile, for that matter). Now, at the tender age of 81, he's getting ready to do it again. This time, in an electric ...

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    Official: Formula E signs Drayson Racing as first team for 2014 FIA Formula E
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    And they're off! UK-based Drayson Racing Technologies is the first team to commit to Formula E Holdings's plans to run an all-electric Formula One-style racing circuit starting next year. Drayson, which will be one of 10 teams that are expected to compete in the circuit, plans to devote two ...

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    Zero Motorcycles thrilled to see e-bike tax credits survive fiscal cliff deal
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    Zero Motorcycles was proud to have played a role in electric vehicle tax credits being restored – with e-bikes included – in the federal budget signed by the president as the "fiscal cliff" came to a halt. The electric motorcycle maker worked with Plug In America and a coalition of ...

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    Motorsports: Scooter Land Speed Federation announces cross-country scooter dash
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    Classic and modern scooters, and a few motorcycles, will be racing coast-to-coast next May in the 2013 Real Cannonball Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. The rally starts May 4 and will cover 2,926 miles between the famed Red Ball Garage in Manhattan, NY and the Portofino Hotel in Redondo ...

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    Official: Formula E buys 42 electric racers for 2014 circuit
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    To paraphrase "Field of Dreams: "If you build them, they will go. Fast." Formula E Holdings, which has visions of an all-electric-powered Formula One type circuit series, is buying 42 EV racers from Spark Racing Technology, and is planning as many as 10 "urban races" as soon as 2014. Formula E ...

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    Official: Bluebird unveils unreal-looking Bluebird GTL for Formula E series
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    Go ahead, feast your eyes on the kinds of vehicles that might compete in the FIA's upcoming Formula E. Maybe it's the enclosed cockpit, maybe it the Alien-esque color and lines, maybe it's just us, but the just-unveiled Bluebird GTL Formula E racing car concept looks for all the world like ...

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    Official: NASCAR working with EPA to conserve energy while burning lots of fuel
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    Think of it as a "do as we say, not as we do" scenario. Stock-car racing organization NASCAR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are going to work together to help the environment by using NASCAR's marketing punch to push more environmentally sustainable behavior. Not addressed? ...

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    IHRA officially recognizes electric vehicles, adopts drag racing rules
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    Good news for high-amperage types who want to run their battery-powered race machines at a local drag track. Working with the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA), the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has adopted rules for electric vehicles, giving track officials guidelines ...

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