EV Cup: ASI 2011 – Episode #12
When it comes to new Motorsport technology, I am probably not alone in not getting excited very often. 12 months ago I spoke to Sylvain Filippi about a new race series that was hoping to start in 2011, the EV Cup was a concept that would change the face of motorsport world wide by bringing electric powered cars into a race series. 12 months ago it sounded like a great idea but as I walked away from the show and knowing how powerful the car industry has been at destroying the electric car in the past, I wondered whether the series would gain traction and make it to the grid for 2011. Well thankfully, 2011 is here and what an amazing year it has been for EEVRC, the driving force behind the EV Cup.
The series has a 4 race UK calendar with 2 more races in Europe, as well as a further race in the USA; Silverstone, Snetterton, Rockingham and Brands Hatch hosting the 4 UK races between August and October. The format is simple, qualifying in the morning followed by a 20-30 minute race in the afternoon with testing for each driver before the day begins. The 2 main racing classes are very different, the City EV class is a one make series with the use of race prepared THINK City cars, whilst the performance isn’t mind blowing, the series is running an arrive and drive package at the 4 UK and 2 European races and for an all inclusive price of under £20,000, the series has amazing value for what you get. The second race class is known as Sports EV, also currently a single make series but when I spoke to Sylvain he hoped this would become a competitive multi-manufacturer formula, using the Westfield iRacer, a purpose build electric sports car that looks striking and has the performance of a GT car. At £60,000 to buy, the car is not only cheaper than conventional GT cars but has drastically reduced running costs, Sylain told me about his meeting with various race teams none of which could quite get their heads around how little the season costs are.
To add to it all, EEVRC announced that CAA Sports Agency is to represent the EV Cup with it’s resources to promote the series further. The series kicks off on 6th August at Silverstone and I plan to be there to see this global first and I emplore you to support this series too as it takes its first steps into 2011.
To listen to the full interview click the play button below.
This interview is also avaliable on iTunes on “The Feeder Series (mp3)” podcast.
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