The Advantages of Electric Race Cars

ecotricity's Nemesis supercar recently broke the UK speed record for EVs

The racing community is discovering that electric vehicles do indeed provide some advantages that are hard for internal combustion engine vehicles to duplicate.

Energy Efficiency & Technology magazine reports that one of the most recent examples come from the annual Pike's Peak hillclimb race which runs on a 12.42-mile course that climbs 14,110 ft through 156 turns at an average incline of about 7%. EVs are now a staple of the race.

According to the article, racers say EVs have an advantage over gas-powered cars at the higher altitudes. Gas-powered race cars can lose 30% of their power in the highest elevations of the course, but that's not a problem for the EVs...