Drayson Racing to debut electric car at 2012 Low Carbon Racing Conference

Drayson Racing isn’t your typical motor sports team. Headed by Lord Drayson, who was once the UK’s Minister of Science and Innovation, the team is “committed to advancing environmentally responsible automotive technologies through the use of motorsports, science and technology,” and placed third in last year’s International Le Mans Cup with a car powered by bio-ethanol.

The green team announced this week that they will launch a prototype electric racer at January’s International Motorsport Business Week, part of the MIA International Low Carbon Conference. The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, which Drayson developed with technical partner the Lola Group, will be a test platform for several new technologies, and possibly a contender in the 2013 FIA Formula E World Championship. No details on specs or looks have been released yet.

The colorful Lord Drayson said, “Electric racing is really taking off with the launch of the new FIA Formula E world championship for electric racing cars planned for 2013 and we are delighted to be able to showcase at this conference the work we are doing to prepare for this exciting new championship. Electric racing is a major new business opportunity for motorsport and underlines the growing commercial potential of green racing with new drivetrains, new materials, new fuels and new aerodynamic developments that will be highlighted at the conference. It is an exciting time to be a race engineer.”

 

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