Grand Prix de Pau to Include Electric Racers for First Time

The Grand Prix de Pau has roots that date back to 1901, and different versions of the race have been run in this old city sporadically for the past 110 years. After a hiatus in 2010, the Deputy Mayor has announced that the electric racers from the Andros Trophy will run the historic race in 2011.

Pau has run races through its city for over a century, but it took 2010 off to upgrade new facilities to debut in 2011. In addition to new facilities, 2011 will see the debut of electric race cars at the historic motorsports event. The 1st Electric Grand Prix de Pau will debut, alongside the F3 and F4 cars. The star of this electric grand prix will be the AC 03-Evo2 electric racers built by Exagon for the Andros Trophy, an ice-racing series that has roots back in the 80’s and debuted an all-electric racing class last year.

These little 90 kW (122 horsepower/ 147 ft-lbs of torque) cars are light and designed specifically for racing, and they need little more than a tire swap to go from ice-to-asphalt racing. Plus they’ll get more juice from their batteries Sure, I’d prefer it if the racers were a little more powerful, and didn’t look like tiny city commuters as opposed to serious race cars.

These are serious race cars, of course (watch the video above if you don’t believe me), but they just look a bit too much like toys for my tastes. It’s hard to convince to take something seriously when it looks like it should have a “Made in China” sticker on the bottom of it. I’ll take what I can get though. Bringing electric and other alt-fuel racing to the masses is a better way to get attention, I think, than talking about grams of soot-per-mile.

Source: Made in Motorsport

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.