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VW I.D. R Pikes Peak goes faster than a Formula 1 Car

It was back in October last year when Volkswagen began teasing us about the fully electric Pikes Peak racer, and last month, they showed us fully revealing images of the model. Now finally, VW has opened up and is ready to talk about the model’s technical specs.

This zero-emissions race car carries two electric motors, that gives out a combined output of 680 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and a considerable amount of torque at 650 Newton metres (480 pound feet). These numbers are already impressive but wait until we tell you that the vehicle weighs under 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds). If you do the math, it’s easy to conclude that that this car can go quite fast.

According to VW, in only 2.25 seconds, the I.D. R Pikes Peak can accelerate to 69 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in as short as 2.25 seconds. Having said that, it even is faster than a Formula 1 and Formula E racers. Though we were not told yet about its maximum top speed, it really isn’t that crucial considering that acceleration will be significantly more important when tackling all 156 corners of the hill climb in Colorado Springs.

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Series champ Lucas di Grassi claims new Formula E is capable of over 300 km/h

Earlier this week, the second generation FE design finally made its public debut. Aside from that, we also got an idea of how the final stage of FIA’s technical roadmap will increase battery and powertrain performance to go together with its striking new chassis.

The new car is said to have an extra output of 50 kilowatts (67 bhp) compared to the current model. This means that it will increase to 250 kilowatts (335 bhp) if the reports are accurate.

Furthermore, the current limit of the car which is at around 225 kilometers per hour (140 miles per hour) can even be improved to 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) with the new performance boost together with the low drag philosophy of the new car, said Di Grassi to Motorsport.com.

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VW will attempt Pikes Peak record in 2018 with new fully electric race car

Volkswagen had been reluctant to offer info about its new race car but it seems to have gotten over some of its shyness as it published the first batch of teasers last October 18. The company plans to have this model participate in the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Club. When looking at it, one can assess how fast it will be, with its massive front splitter and a huge rear wing. As of now, the only images we have are of the EV’s silhouette. This alone is getting us excited about next year’s hill climb, which will take place on June 24.

The last time Volkswagen attended the challenging Pikes Peak event was over two decades ago, and some of us were not even born yet. It was a twin-engined Golf that the company brought to the event back in 1987, where one engine drive the front wheels, while the other powering the rear axle. Too bad the all-wheel drive creation was not able to finish the hill climb. Decades later, Volkswagen is getting ready for a rematch with what they have to reveal soon.

Volkswagen Motorsport is currently developing the fully electric race car, and based on the photos, it looks like it features a fighter jet-styled canopy on top of its curvaceous body. The automaker is currently working with their technical development center based in their hometown in Wolfsburg Germany. The biggest challenge these engineers will have to face is to create an EV that a skilled driver can drive to complete the hill climb in under 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds, that is needed by Rhys Millen and his e0 PP100 last year.

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Formula E gets more exciting with the launch of Audi e-tron FE04 all-electric race car

After four decades of being an expert in the motorsport industry, Audi will be the first German automaker to compete in Formula E. This will be done to test the development of new technologies to be used in production, according to the Member of the Board of Management, Peter Mertens.

After a number of powertrains like the quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many others, the single-seater race car will test electric mobility as it relates to what the 2018 Audi e-tron will use. Recently at the IAA, the automaker did say that over 20 electrified models will be part of their lineup just before 2025, and this includes Plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars.

The automaker will be allowed to develop the powertrain, which includes the transmission, motor, parts of the suspension and the software. What’s in the heart of the Audi e-tron FE04 will be the motor and transmission. The motor generator unit was designed for greater efficiency and so the engineers put a lot of their time and effort into this. In the 2017/2018 season, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will only be using a high-efficiency transmission with only one gear, to deliver power to the wheels.

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Soon, production-based electric cars could now race against each other on the circuits against the background of the FIA Formula E Championship, which is considered as the pinnacle of electric vehicle motorsports in the world. However, this new all-electric series will only be exclusive to Jaguar’s I-PACE race cars, as launched by Jaguar Racing.

Dubbed as the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, this new all-electric race series is the first international championship in the world for production-based electric cars. As the support series for the Formula E Championship, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will be held on the same city circuits on the same weekend schedules. Just like the Formula E Championship, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will be a 10-race series to be held in cities like Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Rome and Sao Paolo.

The first event of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series will commence in late 2018, or at the start of season five of the Formula E. To note, Jaguar became the first premium manufacturer to take part in the FIA Formula E Championship in 2016.

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French multinational automobile manufacturer Renault has revealed its eDams team racer in preparation for the Formula E Paris ePrix along with the dashingly quick Zoe e-Sport Concept and a whole lot of production Zoe 40 units for retail purposes. Now we would like to wholly witness a race between the two high-powered electric vehicles.

Renault eDams team is a force to reckon with, as they’ve been leading the Formula E standings. The team celebrated the outstanding performance of its homestead by having a parade of their electric vehicles through the City of Light. Last Saturday in Paris, Sebastian Buemi earned his fifth win in six races of the current season of the Formula E. This means that he presently has a lead of 43 points in the electric racing series.

Leading the way of the procession are the Renault eDams R.S. 16 race car and the dapper Zoe e-Sport Concept in a video released by Renault. However, the drivers don’t follow a particular formation in the clip. But this doesn't mean that the Zoe e-Sport can't catch up with the R.S. 16. Renault confidently claimed that its conceptual hot hatch variant of the Zoe can leave you in the dust with its 62 miles per hour (100 km per hour) run, needing only 3.2 seconds to reach that coverage, and according to the French automaker, this performance can outrun the open wheel Formula E racer. That's a solid performance coming from a hatch.

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In racing, driving a quicker and lighter car doesn’t always result in a win. However, such a car definitely has some advantages over other competitors. This could be the reason why the Electric GT Championship is changing the base car from the Tesla Model S P85+ to Tesla Model S P100.

When the Electric GT World Series was announced in March 2016, organizer Electric GT Holding Inc. also disclosed that it has chosen the Tesla Motors S P85+ as a base model for the 10 teams bound to enter the event in its 2017 inaugural season.

Agustin Paya, Technical Director for Electric GT Holdings, remarked back then that the Tesla model S was chosen because of its impressive circuit racing potential with its power, acceleration, weight distribution and low center of gravity as well as superb cornering speed. The race-bound Model S P85+ would race with the same powertrain, battery and programming as the one available for the market, although it has received modifications with regards to braking, aerodynamics, suspension and cooling, as well as steering and overall weight.

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A lot of car stunts have gone viral over the internet ever since the start of this digital era. There are some flops and fake stunts, including that fake video of Kobe Bryant jumping over an Aston Martin DB9 which initially made the entire world freak out, but there has also been a couple of successful daring stunts that deserve a round of applause and standing ovation. No, scratch that.

A couple of these successful attempts of utilizing a car and a live human body all deserve a world record. There have been several attempts to wow the world with out of this world stunts but just recently, Hollywood stunt man Damien Walter have broken barriers with his one-of-a-kind stunt. The 34-year-old British daredevil and “Skyfall” double proposed a blind back flip stunt to Formula E that was staged at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.

Walter teamed up with six stunt experts and safety professionals as well as his stunt driver, Alistair Whitton who was coached by Portuguese Formula E professional race car driver Bruno Correia.

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Last year, during our visit to the Le Mans 24 Hours race, we saw the first prototype of the Nissan ZEOD RC. A year later, Nissan announced that its revolutionary ZEOD RC has recorded the highest ever speed by an electric vehicle at Le Mans. Driven by Satoshi Motoyama, the Nissan ZEOD RC reached an impressive speed of 300 km/h or 186 mph on the Mulsanne Straight.

As a result, one of the key goals of the Nissan ZEOD RC was achieved. For those who don’t know, the ZEOD RC features a dual electric/internal combustion engine powertrain that features 2 electric motors that develop 110 kw or 148 hp, as well as an 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine that weighs only 40 kg and generates 400 hp.

According to Nissan the ZEOD (Zero Emissions On Demand) allows the driver to switch back and forth between the two power sources. Nissan’s next goal is to complete an entire lap at Le Mans under race conditions using nothing by electric power.

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Nissan has unveiled a new image revealing the "components" of its new Nissan ZEOD RC that will compete in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. Nissan has likewise unveiled a video from the recent FIA crash test that every Le Mans prototype has to pass before it could be allowed to compete.

The Nissan ZEOD RC is aiming to complete the first all-electric lap of the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe faster than a GT LM category Le Mans entry. The Nissan ZEOD RC is powered by two 110kw electric motors mated to the same transmission linked to a 400 hp 40 kg 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

While the combustion engine will start the race, the two electric motors will fully take over for a final all-electric lap after each fuel stint. The Nissan ZEOD RC will have its debut at the Le Mans Test Day on June 1.

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Nissan has unveiled its innovative ZEOD RC electric prototype at Nismo headquarters in Japan on the weekend. Right after its unveiling, the ZEOD RC then had its track debut in the hands of Michael Krumm at the Fuji Speedway. Krumm made three demonstration runs, in conjunction with the Japanese round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Gracing the ZEOD RC’s track debut is Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer. The ZEOD RC is scheduled to go back to the United Kingdom this week for further testing and development.

Michael Krumm was behind the wheel of the car that will race at next year's Le Mans 24 Hours. The Nissan ZEOD RC will complete an entire 8.5 mile lap of Le Mans next year on pure electric power at speeds in excess of 300km/h (186 mph). Using a regenerative braking system, the ZEOD RC is able to recharge its battery while running on internal combustion engine.

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Nissan’s performance arm Nismo has presented the ZEOD RC electric race car at its headquarters in Yokohama. This revolutionary car – the Zero Emissions on Demand racer -- is the product of eight months of development, design and construction. It was only 33 weeks ago that Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn divulged that the company wanted to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours next year with electric power.

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has invited the ZEOD RC to attend Le Mans next year. It will have the “Garage 56” entry for vehicles that feature new and innovative technology. Nissan considers the ZEOD RC as a test bed in the development of new electric vehicle technologies for Nissan’s planned future LM P1 program.

At the Le Mans 24 Hours this year, the initial prototype showcar of the revolutionary electric racer was unveiled. The difference with the unveiling at the Nismo headquarters is that the car featured its design evolution, with the styling changes, updates to its aerodynamics, and new cooling inlets.

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There’s a possibility that on the second year of the Formula E series, it will adapt a dynamic wireless recharging technology that could significantly change the nature of electric-powered auto racing. It’s believed that this technology will boost the appeal of Formula E, particularly among the younger, tech-savvy buyers who are the leading targets for automakers who sell models like the Nissan Leaf and Fiat 500e.

The promoters of Formula E have forecasted that those who follow the series would later buy their own electric cars. Formula E, an FIA-sanctioned series set to launch in the fall of 2014, will start with every team making use of replacement cars in two-segment races.

Recently, there was confirmation of a partnership with Qualcomm that talks of a plan to use the telecommunications company's Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging system, which will allow a single car to be recharged to run the complete race.

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Japanese fans will get to be the first to see the Nissan ZEOD RC in action when it makes trial runs during the Japan stage of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the carmaker announced during the Nissan 360 global media event in California. The pure electric Nissan ZEOD RC will have demonstration runs on October 18, 19 and 20, 2013 at the Fuji Speedway, the site of the three-day WEC event.

The Nissan ZEOD RC -- which stands for Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car -- will see its first official race in the 2014 running of Le Mans 24 Hour. Nissan will test variants of new electric drive train technologies as it bids to return to LM P1 contest and vie for overall championship at what is considered as the most prestigious endurance race in the world. Michael Krumm, Nissan's two-time Japanese SUPER GT champion, is set to pilot the ZEOD RC at the Fuji Speedway.

Part of the driver line-up for the Nissan DeltaWing program in 2012, Krumm was third in the LM P2 class at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours. He currently races for Kondo Racing in the SUPER GT championship in Japan alongside Hironobu Yasuda.

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Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. will field two MiEV Evolution II pure-electric race cars in the Electric Vehicle Division of the world-famous 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) scheduled on June 30, 2013 near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The racing EVs will be driven by two-time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka returns and six-time Pikes Peak overall motorcycle champion Greg Tracy. The Mitsubishi Motors Racing Team tested its MiEV Evolution II racing units at Pikes Peak on June 15 and 16, 2013. The vehicle testing showed that the team's EV racing prototypes are all ready to challenge the Race to the Clouds. The MiEV Evolution II boasts of a distinct four-motor drivetrain -- two in the front and another two in the rear -- based on a modified high-output version of the production Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle motor.

The MiEV Evolution II also boasts of a tube-frame chassis, Mitsubishi's advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive technology and aerodynamically enhanced carbon-fiber bodywork. It features state-of-the-art high-capacity lithium-ion batteries produced by Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ). The 2012 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb saw the debut of Mitsubishi Motors in the EV Division. The team's i-MiEV Evolution racing prototype driven by Masuoka managed to secure the second spot in the EV class. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a 12.42-mile snake-like course that starts at an elevation of 9,390 feet and finishes at 14,110 feet.

"I was very impressed with the performance and capabilities of last year's Pikes Peak racing car," said Masuoka. "But the improved power output, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) handling and level of downforce exhibited from this year's all-new MiEV Evolution II is remarkable." Teammate Greg Tracy also came away impressed with the unique quad-motor 400 kW (536 bhp) all-electric race car. "Having watched Mitsubishi Motors' success last year in their inaugural Pikes Peak run, and having used Mitsubishi's S-AWC in my World Record Loop at the X Games, I was honored to be given the opportunity to race for MMNA in the EV Division. Having now tested the car, I am even more thrilled."

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Mitsubishi intends to enter the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an all-electric prototype racecar based on its production i-MiEV electric car. On July 8, the i-MiEV Prototype will be driven at Pikes Peak by Hiroshi Masuoka, a two-time winner of the Dakar Rally. The racecar is not in any way similar to the egg-shaped five-door hatchback that was produced in Japan since 2009.

The i-MiEV Prototype is a purpose-built closed-cockpit single-seater design for maximum downforce. Mitsubishi said that the same EV drive components used on the prototype racer will make it to the production i-MiEV, which is offered in the U.S. as the Mitsubishi i.

The company said that the company will use information from the event to improve the durability and reliability of pure EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs so that it could go to the entire market.

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The Nissan Leaf NISMO RC will be flaunted at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, further emphasizing Nissan’s dedication to offering green vehicles. This is a prototype racecar that’s based on the production Leaf model. But the racecar version won’t have rear doors, rear seats, audio system, navigation, trunk, carpeting, or basically anything that’s not related to racing.

The NISMO RC has a carbonfibre monocoque bodywork that features removable front and rear sections, a set of LED headlights and taillights, fixed windows, and driver-adjustable rear wing.

The NISMO RC is 13.8 inches (35 cm) lower than the road model version and its ground clearance is limited to 2.4 inches (6.1 cm). When compared to the standard Leaf, the race version has a 3.9-inch (9.9 cm) shorter wheelbase, and it measures 0.8 inches (2 cm) longer and 6.7 (17 cm) inches wider compared to the production car.

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The distance a vehicle can travel with a full tank of gas or a single full charge is important to any driver. This is why most carmakers reveal the range of their vehicle offerings. With the first example of the I-Pace already delivered to its retail customer, Jaguar has released its MPGe estimates for its electric SUV. Sad to say, but the Jaguar I-Pace doesn’t measure to its EV competitors in terms of electric range.

When Jaguar said that the new I-Pace electric SUV would be getting a large battery as its core, expectations were high for its electric range – until it release its estimated MPGe figures. MPGe stands for miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), as how the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) converts the power consumed by an EV into a term that is familiar to most Americans. MGPe is essentially how far an electric car can travel on the amount of energy that is equivalent to one gallon of gasoline.

According to Jaguar, the new I-Pace returns 80 MPGe city, 72 MPGe highway and 76 MPGe combined. This means that the Jaguar I-Pace can travel up to 234 miles in all-electric range in a single charge from its 90-kWh battery. That may sound impressive, but wait until its electric range is compared against other EVs, in particular the Tesla Model X that is considered as its main rival as both are electric SUVs.

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The new Porsche Taycan is considered as revolutionary at the German sports car maker as the upcoming model is its first all-electric vehicle. Nonetheless, the new Taycan four-door EV will also be the starting point of a new revolution in the company. As Porsche is committing itself to electric mobility, it also has to undergo a significant change, especially in terms of production.

Porsche is currently building its conventionally powered vehicles, including its 911 sports car, using the traditional principle of an assembly line. But when it commences the production of the Taycan, Porsche will be implementing major changes for the production and assembly facilities of the new EV.

Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Board responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche, remarked that starting 2025, more than 50 percent of the Porsche models delivered are expected to be electrified. While this will require substantial investments in development, production, and staff training, Porsche believes that the carmaker will still be able to achieve a target profit margin of at least 15 percent.

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Just last month, Porsche unveiled the new 935 during the “Rennsport Reunion” motorsport event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California. Featuring a body evoking the legendary Porsche 935/78, the 935 is definitely a race car you would want to drive in the track. Nonetheless, it isn't car you can just drive on the road from your garage to the track. After all, the 935 is a track-only race car and can’t be driven legally on the road.

The problem of getting a track-only race car from a garage to the circuit without circumventing any laws or local ordinances has already been solved a long time ago. To solve such a logistic issue, teams or carmakers have been using transporters, which can be large enough to accommodate more than one race car.

Such a situation is the main theme of one of the latest creative visual projects of Igor Shikitov, an automotive designer from Moscow, Russia. Posted at the Behance social creative site on October 3, 2018, Shikitov’s work was aptly titled “Volkswagen Renntransporter.” After all Porsche is now part of the Volkswagen Group.

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