The world of motorsports has been dominated by the internal combustion engine for over a century without any competition from some upstart alternative. But that is starting to change as big car makers and niche coach builders embrace electric vehicles. From desert rallies to road racing, electric cars are making an impact. The latest motorsport to catch the electrification bug is none other than drifting.
Quimera Responsible Racing, the same outfit that built their own 700 HP electric race car and recently joined forces with the TTXGP and American Le Mans Series, has announced a competition to design the livery for its new all-electric racer. QRR is helping form the All-Electric Drift Car (AEDC) series, and they’re asking fans to design their look.
The prize is $5,000 cash, and getting to see your livery painted on the QRR electric drift car. That’s a pretty sweet deal for any aspiring designer (hell, I might even give it a shot) and a great way to build a fan base for a fledgling motorsport. You can enter the contest here; judging will be based on fan votes and a jury.
The AEDC is a revolutionary vehicle, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a recharge time of an hour. An 80% charge takes just 20 minutes. And lest you think that is because this car runs out of juice very quickly, you should know that the range is estimated at 150 miles.
As a form of car racing, drifting has only caught on in the last year or so. However, if you’ve ever watched an old, old, old stock car race back when they actually drove on the beaches of Daytona Beach, you know that drifting is nothing new. I would love to race an electric drift car, but this contest is a pretty cool way to kick things off. I’ve been keeping my eye on Quimera, and so far, so good. These guys might be the real deal when it comes to taking electric motorsports to a level of competition on par with internal combustion racers. Wouldn’t that be something?
Source: Quimera RR