The world's first electric car track racing series has been officially launched at the Autosport International Racing Car Show.
The ground-breaking EV Cup, which organisers believe will revolutionise the future of global motor sport, already has seven race days scheduled for the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA when it starts in the spring, with further venues planned, including potential street tracks.
The racing will be made up of two one-make classes of zero emission electric cars: race-prepared urban THINK hatchback cars and the Sports EV class which will feature 120mph Westfield iRacers. A third category will be the Prototype EV class, with competition based upon time trials to showcase the latest, ultra-fast, non-production electric race cars, some with potential top speeds of 150mph or more.
Race day will include traditional qualifying after which the cars' batteries will be recharged at pit garage charging facilities ahead of the races which will run for 20-30 minutes. The cars will be available to buy or be available for rental drives organised through the EV Cup.
Series organisers are working with MotorSport Vision Racing in setting up and organising the events and negotiations are well advanced with prime UK race circuits to host the EV Cup with the first race planned for the summer.
Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director of EV Cup, said: "The electric car is already changing the world and it will soon begin to revolutionise the face of traditional motorsport across the world, by embracing the issues of the day, from straightforward zero emissions to eco-friendly cars, sustainability and corporate social responsibility".
Autoblog will be watching the EV Cup closely and will keep you updated with the results.