Auto Manifesto

February 25, 2009

Electric Racing Is Almost Here

The future of racing is clear. In order to maintain relevance and to serve as a testbed for future technologies it has to explore alternative power. As we've seen with the American Le Mans Series, Formula 1, and IndyCar there are existing efforts
heading down the path of hybrid power and alternative fuels.

The one thing that does not yet exist in circuit racing (no pun intended) is a pure electric series. West Race Cars and KleenSpeed have joined forces to build a car that is intended for that type of racing.

Right now electric doesn't seem to be competitive with internal combustion counterparts for long periods due to battery limitations. But depending on how the events are formatted, the actual performance of electric race cars in terms of lap
times could be very competitive.

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