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I grew up with motorsport, lived and breathed it all my life, a passion that culminated in working in the sport for two decades. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world to watch motor racing, report on its heroes, covering everything from grassroots club racing to Formula 1...

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Nissan Leaf Nismo RC: Electric racer revealed
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Nissan Leaf Nismo RC: Electric racer revealed

[caption id="attachment_708569" align="alignnone" width="4547"] Nissan has unveiled the Leaf Nismo RC race car, a showcase of what its latest electric technology could do when let-loose on a track. [/caption] Set to debut at the Fuji International Speedway alongside Nissan's Formula E racer as part of the annual Nismo Festival, the Leaf Nismo RC uses the same high-capacity lithium-ion battery and inverters as the regular Leaf...


Roborace: Autonomous race series won't be fully-autonomous to start
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Roborace: Autonomous race series won't be fully-autonomous to start

Roborace has been in the works for a while now, promising to revolutionise racing by removing the driver. Turns out, the revolution won't happen overnight though, with the series CEO revealing season one will involve a combination of conventional and autonomous racing. Speaking with Motosport...


Schaeffler RS3 takes on supercar elite - video
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Schaeffler RS3 takes on supercar elite - video

The Schaeffler 4ePerformance is a wild all-electric concept that shoves four electric motors from a Formula E racer underneath an Audi RS3, and this video shows just how much of a weapon that creates. Posted by Daniel Abt on YouTube, the clip shows the Schaeffler 4eP duke it out with an Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan and Porsche 911 GT2 RS in a series of drag races – we won't give too much away...


Schaeffler Audi RS3 concept gets Formula E tech
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Schaeffler Audi RS3 concept gets Formula E tech

Schaeffler, engineering firm and Audi's partner in Formula E, has unveiled the electric 4ePerformance concept, complete with 880kW from four electric motors. They're not just any electric motors, either, they're identical to those used on the 2016-17 ABT Schaeffler Formula E racer. That puts total power at 880kW, and system torque at 1280Nm from all four motors...


Professional drifter takes on autonomous racer - video
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Professional drifter takes on autonomous racer - video

Formula E isn't the only race series with its sights set on transforming the world of motorsport. The fully-autonomous Roborace category is aiming to take the focus off humans and put it onto self-driving technology with a futuristic, sci-fi inspired racer...


Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo headed for the real world
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Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo headed for the real world

Just weeks after announcing it as a virtual concept, Audi has confirmed the e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be brought to life and driven around Formula E circuits. Audi is no stranger to the burgeoning Formula E series, having committed to a factory-backed entry in 2017...


Formula E reveals Gen2 racer
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Formula E reveals Gen2 racer

Formula E has unveiled its second-generation racer, set to hit the track in the 2018/19 season. The futuristic racer, dubbed Gen2, has double the battery capacity and, by extension, twice the range of the current car, spelling an end to the awkward mid-race car-swaps that currently feature...


Roborace pits self-driving racer against human driver in Hong Kong
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Roborace pits self-driving racer against human driver in Hong Kong

Autonomous racing series, Roborace, has put its self-driving prototype to the test against a human driver around the streets of Hong Kong. The comparison was run at the first Formula E race for the 2o17/18 season...


Video: Watch a Formula E car take on a cheetah
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Video: Watch a Formula E car take on a cheetah

Formula E has lined John-Eric Vergne up alongside a cheetah, as part of a unique promotional stunt. Designed to highlight the burgeoning race series' eco-credentials, the video draws attention to the fact cheetahs are at threat of extinction...


Nissan to join Formula E from 2018
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Nissan to join Formula E from 2018

Nissan will become the first Japanese manufacturer to join Formula E when it lines up on the grid in the 2018-19 season. The company says its participation in the electric championship will be a great platform to share its Nissan Intelligent Mobility message, which focuses on how vehicles drive, are powered and integrated into society...


Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy: Electric cat gets its own racing series
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Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy: Electric cat gets its own racing series

The upcoming Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV is getting its own EV race series, appropriately named the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy. As the world's first production battery-electric vehicle racing championship, the I-Pace eTrophy series will be the support event for the FIA Formula E championships from late-2018...


Porsche to join Formula E from 2019
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Porsche to join Formula E from 2019

German marque Porsche has announced it will join the all-electric Formula E championship as a works manufacturer from 2019, which also marks the end of its involvement in the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the end of this year...


Mercedes-Benz to join Formula E, ditch DTM
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Mercedes-Benz to join Formula E, ditch DTM

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a shift in its motorsport program that sees the German brand ditch the DTM touring car series in favour of Formula E starting in 2019. Having been involved in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or DTM, and its predecessor series since its inception in 1988, Mercedes has won 183 races, along with 10 drivers’, 13 team and six manufacturer titles from 26 seasons...


BMW confirms entry into 2018/19 Formula E championship
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BMW confirms entry into 2018/19 Formula E championship

BMW has confirmed its entry as an official manufacturer from the fifth season (2018/19) onwards of the fledgling Formula E championship. The Andretti Formula E works team will use a BMW-sourced electric drivetrain from season 5, and will serve as a development hub for the company's upcoming iNEXT autonomous project and the next-generation of its electrified BMW i range...


BMW confirms Formula E racing project
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BMW confirms Formula E racing project

BMW Motorsport has announced its plans for a potential team entry into the fifth season of the all-electric Formula E championship. Currently in its third season, the FIA Formula E championship has already seen the likes of Citroen, Jaguar and Renault make manufacturer's entries, with BMW the latest major automaker to join the electric racing series...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 30, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 30, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Formula E will hold first open-wheel race in New York City in 2017
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Formula E will hold first open-wheel race in New York City in 2017

The all-electric Formula E championship will hold its first race in New York City during its 2016/2017 season. Although the track for the race resembles a street circuit, the temporary circuit actually doesn't touch public roads and is fully enclosed within Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal...


Jaguar confirms motorsport return in all-electric FIA Formula E Championship
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Jaguar confirms motorsport return in all-electric FIA Formula E Championship

Is there an electric Range Rover on the horizon? What about an all-electric Jaguar F-Type? The answer is, not yet, but, legendary British carmaker Jaguar has taken the first steps towards an electric vehicle future. Jaguar confirmed its return to the ranks of international motorsport, announcing this week that it will contest the third season of the innovative all-electric FIA Formula E championship, which gets underway this October...


Roborace ‘Devbot’ revealed - video
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Roborace ‘Devbot’ revealed - video

The new autonomous racing series Roborace has revealed the ‘DevBot’ development vehicle, its robotic, driverless, electric racing concept. The main purpose of the DevBot is to allow teams to develop technologies and experience the hardware that will be used on the upcoming ‘Robocar’, which was previewed as a concept in April and will be revealed in its final form later this year...