EXCLUSIVE: Why Formula E Drivers Will Swap Cars Instead Of Batteries

Due to the limitations of battery technology, the high-performance electric racers of the upcoming Formula E series can’t complete an hour-long race on just a single charge. One would think that teams would simply swap batteries, but instead the FIA is mandating drivers switch their entire car. Many EV racing fans, ourselves included, have wondered why, so we reached out to Formula E in this exclusive interview for answers.

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One Racer's Long Road To Building A Pikes Peak EV Racer

Pikes Peak has always attracted adventurers, whether they be mountain climbers or race car drivers. Ten years ago, Elias Anderson and Anthony Applewhite floated the idea of building a Pikes Peak electric race car. Such a vehicle takes time and money, and it wasn’t until this year that they brought their concept to life. It was a made scramble to build a complete electric race car in just a few months, but they brought the HCE Lightning to the Peak, beating out professional race outfits and conversion shops on their way to a 3rd place finish in the EV class.

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Video: Nissan Leaf NISMO RC Gets Its Gymkhana On

If you’re a motorsports fan like me, you’ve probably heard the term “Gymkhana.” It’s a type of racing that involves lots of drifting and driving around obstacles in a fun, less-than-serious way. It became an Internet sensation thanks to driver Ken Block, who is looking to make a legitimate sport out of it. Even the race version of the Nissan Leaf got into the action, and it sure as hell looks fun.

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