Motorsports

Under the Skin of the MotoE Electric Motorcycle

The start of the inaugural season of MotoE electric motorcycle may have been delayed by the massive fire that engulfed the MotoE paddock garage last week, but that doesn’t mean there’s no MotoE news to talk about. Asphalt and Rubber’s Jensen Beeler has just released some new photos of– What’s that? What fire? Sorry, gang. I took a few weeks off from writing and, as Chris Demorro and Steve Hanley have moved on to bigger and better things, things got pretty quiet around here. Here’s a quick picture of the fire I’m talking about, and you can click through it to get to the original article on MCNews.   MotoE Paddock Fire Anyway, Asphalt and Rubber’s Jensen Beeler has just released some new photos of the Energica Ego MotoE electric racer with...

700 HP Electric eCOPO Camaro Hits the Drag Strip (w/ Video)

When the all-electric eCOPO Camaro was first unveiled at last year’s SEMA show, its creators claimed it was putting out more than 700HP and would run a quarter mile in about 9 seconds. Someone finally got the car to the track — and it got pretty close. Heck, there was even daylight under the fronts!   eCOPO Camaro at the Dragstrip | Video Despite the wheelie, the eCOPO Camaro put in a 10.14 second pass at just over 130 MPH. That time was made possible by the two Borg Warner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies at the rear of the car, each of which makes more than 300 lb-ft of torque at 0 RPM. Combined with the Camaros’ 56% rear weight bias, a good launch is almost inevitable. To be clear, there is almost zero chance of an electric Camaro seeing its way to production. Not any...

IMSA 2019: Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Results – FINAL

Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso added another major win to his resume this past weekend by winning the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac team. It was a wet and wild Rolex 24, too– and Alonso proved his worth again by taking the wheel with the car in P8, then slicing through the field and pulling a 16 second lead over the 2nd place Whelen entry before the race was called for rain with just two hours to go. Hilariously (or, ominously, if you have to race against him in the future), Alonso began suggesting the race be red-flagged for rain while he was still in second place. Imagine having another driver pass you, then pull out a 16 second lead while he’s being careful! Further back, the LMP2 class was won by another ex-F1 driver, Pastor Mald...

Coming to America: Ohvale GP-0 Minibike

Italian bike-builder Ohvale has a single goal. They exist to get people on two wheels, on a race track. Luckily, the best hope they have for achieving that goal is a product that the company actually makes. Meet the Ohvale GP-0 mini race bike– and get used to hearing that name, because the Ohvale GP-0 lineup is coming to America in 2019! If you’re not already familiar with Ohvale, the bikes are full-on racers built for riders to hone their cornering skills on kart tracks. They’re not cheap, ranging from $4499 to $6899 for the 24 HP GP-0 190 version that MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and BSB rider Scott Redding (supposedly) train on. What you get for that money, though, is an absolute delight of bantamweight engineering. Just check out these pictures of the base Ohvale 110,...

VW Targets EV Record at Nürburgring

When Volkswagen took its awesome-looking, super swoopy ID. R electric race car to Pike’s Peak last year, everyone kind of figured it would win. They spent a bajillion dollars, though– so the win was kind of expected. What wasn’t expected was that they’d take the overall record. By a lot. Despite having victory at the PPIHC in the bag, however, Volkswagen is hungry for more. As such, the people’s car company is setting its sights on the Green Hell of the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. Driver Romain Dumas will be at the wheel again for the record attempt, after having won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a time of 7:57.148 minutes– becoming the first driver in over 100 years of this iconic race to go under eight minutes in the process. The F...

5 Interesting PEOPLE We Can’t Wait to Read About in 2019

2018 has given us a number of wild stories, but it’s often the people behind those stories that are the most interesting part. In this article, I’ll be taking a look at five individuals whose stories will help shape the green car community in 2019. Check out the list, then let us know whose stories you’ll be most looking forward to following next year in the comments section at the bottom of the page.   Carlos Ghosn Few people have done more to champion the cause of electric cars than Carlos Ghosn. As head the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Ghosn vowed to put 1.5 million EVs on the road by 2020 … and that way way back in 2013! You can imagine our surprise, then, when Ghosn was not only arrested in Japan on charges of tax evasion– but released and immediately re...

MotoGP Legend Tetsuya Harada vs. MotoE Bike

The Energica Ego Corsa race bike that’s set to become the basis for MotoGP’s electric support series got put through its paces last weekend ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. It got a real test, too– in the hands of 1993 FIM 250cc World Champion rider Tetsuya Harada.   We loved seeing Japanese legend Tetsuya Harada back on track at the #JapaneseGP ?? The former 250cc World Champion got a chance to ride the @EnergicaMotor Ego Corsa #MotoE bike in front of his home crowd! ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/I8IJHCxVTI — MotoGP™??? (@MotoGP) October 23, 2018   In addition to being the ’93 champion, Harada raced at the highest level for over a decade– so it’s worth hearing his take on the bike. Of course, it’s incredibly positive. To be fair, t...

Formula E Season 5: the New Cars are SO Fast!

The fifth season of Formula E is set to be a stunner with new features, new drivers, and new cars that are much, much faster than last year!

Le Mans Esport Series Registration Now Open

Gentlefolk, start your … controllers? Registration for preliminary races is now open in the new Esport Le Mans series run through the Forza Motorsport 7 racing engine. The Silverstone event will be the first of 6 preliminaries leading up to the famous Le Mans 24 Hours, and will give e-racers a chance to make the podium alongside their analog counterparts. With no tires, fuel, transport, or maintenance one might view this as the greenest racing circuit out there!   Register now for the new Le Mans Esports Series The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has officially launched the Le Mans Esports Series at Silverstone, with registration and qualifying now open. The competition will run on Forza Motorsport 7, in partnership between the Motorsport Network, ACO and French Esports company...

Nissan Racing Past and Future on Display in Monterey

Nissan racing heritage, from its Datsun days to NISMO today, will be on show in California for Monterey Car Week. Vintage cars once driven by the likes of Paul Newman will showcase alongside the new Nissan Formula E racer for Season 5, and consumer cars like the new LEAF and Altima will also feature in the full range showcase of Nissan’s motorsport past and present. You can check out the official press release, below. Once you’ve read through that, let us know whether you think Nissan’s racing museum on the road is worth a trip out to Monterey in the comments section at the bottom of the page.   Storied heritage meets Nissan Intelligent Mobility future at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion MONTEREY, CA — The organizers of the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reu...

Meet the World’s Quickest 1/4 Mile Electric Doorslammer

The TC-X electric doorslammer made a perfect run at 7.98 seconds at 170 MPH! You can watch that record run as it happened, here!

Spice-X Offers Lightweight EV Speed on a Budget

With cars like the American Tesla Roadster and Coratian Rimac Two getting serious media attention, it might seem like Italy is losing its stranglehold on the exotic supercar market of the future. A collaborative joint-venture between a number of Italian automotive supply companies is hoping to bring the focus back to Italy with a beautiful, lightweight, and fast trackday special called the Spice-X SX-1. And, here’s the kicker: it’s designed to be affordable. Official information is sparse, beyond these launch pictures. Still, Motor 1 Italy was able to get some more specific details out of its local sources. Check those out, below: Aside from the minute size and single-seat capacity, the Spice-X is powered by two electric motors for both rear wheels. Both motors can produce 30 k...