Young Japanese Driver Tries Crowdfunding A Formula E Team

The 21st century has brought about many societal and technological changes, among them the resurgence of electric cars and the use of crowdsourcing to fund projects or charities. 24-year old race car driver Yuki Shiraishi wants to use a Japanese crowdfunding website to put together a Formula E team to compete in next year’s inaugural electric racing series.

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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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British Racing Outfit Bluebird To Build Electric Sports Cars

In the 1920s and 30s, Sir Malcolm Campbell raced and set numerous land speed records, including becoming the first person to drive over 300 mph in 1935. His son, Donald Campbell continued that tradition and passed it down to his grandson, Don Wales, who today carries on Campbell’s proud legacy. Bluebird is apparently going beyond just racing though, and will soon offer electric sports and race cars for sale to the general public.

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Video: Drayson Racing Sets New 204 MPH EV Record

Electric vehicles are really starting to come into their own, and long-standing records for range and performance are starting to fall. Yesterday Drayson Racing took down a 39-year old record for electric vehicle top speed in the standing mile, blowing past the previous record of 175 mph and crossing the 200 mph mark, a huge step for electric vehicles the world over.

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Video: Los Angeles Welcomes Formula E Electric Race Series

One of the most exciting developments in the green car world is the formation of the Formula E racing series, which is essentially Formula One with electric cars. While several major cities across the world have signed on to host this new series, Los Angeles is the first city in the U.S. to announce that it will serve as a host for this new electric racing series.

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McLaren Ready For Electric Formula E Series

When the FIA announced the Formula E electric racing series, some were skeptical that such an ambitious project would even get off the ground. But several high-end racing teams have already expressed interest in racing, and you can add to that one of the most famed Formula 1 racing teams of all time; McLaren.

Yup, the Big M wants to get in on this new-fangled electric racing series. Awesome.

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