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Old 23 Feb 2011, 12:21 (Ref:2835576)   #1
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Drayson Racing Goes Electric

Here's the news which confirms the reason for Drayson's absence from ACO regs racing this year and the future direction to be taken by the team: Link
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Old 23 Feb 2011, 12:46 (Ref:2835592)   #2
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Good for his Lordship and am glad to have someone like this promoting such a series; just wish he could have sustained an effort in proper sportscar racing as well. I hope the series and his Lordship can peak the racing world's interest, but I have my doubts.

And to be a true "zero emissions" series, they need get their electricity from a zero emissions source (and I guess we can consider nuclear as "zero emissions"). Otherwise, they are just replacing emissions from the car with emissions from power plants, and taking money from oil companies and giving it to the power companies (feel free to take an "eco-mentalist" jab here ).

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The EVCUP series gets underway in August with four events in the UK before going to Spain, Portugal and the USA. MSVR will be the UK organising club for the events which will feature races for THINK city cars, Westfield iRACER sports cars and a prototype class for any electric car based on a timed laps format.
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Old 23 Feb 2011, 13:00 (Ref:2835603)   #3
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Dont think a Mr.Cocker will be pleased about that !!!

I think its awful .
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Dont think a Mr.Cocker will be pleased about that !!!

I think its awful .
Interesting point. I didn't see any mention of Cocker in the release, either.

He's proven himself to be competitive in both GT and prototype machinery within a short period of time.
Hopefully Jonny can secure a drive in something this season.

Would be a great shame to see such talent go to waste.

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Old 23 Feb 2011, 13:58 (Ref:2835632)   #5
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Dont think a Mr.Cocker will be pleased about that !!!

I think its awful .
I believe in what he is attempting (thinking outside the box), but can't disagree with you as I hate losing a beautiful car and possibly Cocker from LM style sportscars.
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Interesting point. I didn't see any mention of Cocker in the release, either.

He's proven himself to be competitive in both GT and prototype machinery within a short period of time.
Hopefully Jonny can secure a drive in something this season.

Would be a great shame to see such talent go to waste.
Good LMP drives are pretty much gone, so unless AMR pick him up it's not going to happen. Hopefully there's a seat for Jonny in a good GTE-Pro car, maybe JMW or Jota.
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Old 23 Feb 2011, 14:11 (Ref:2835641)   #7
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Somebody will find him a home. He's way too good NOT to! I would guess AMR will have something for him, either LMP or GT, Factory or Partner team.
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Well, good for him if this is what he wants but I wouldn't waste my time and money going to see these abortions race. Bleh
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Disappointing, it was a way too short run for that team and car. Mr. Drayson was at the Lola Forum last fall, discussing about the future of sportscars and ILMC, so I was expecting something more interesting than... this.
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Wow, now that sounds like a hell of of a series.

Wait, it wouldn't have any sound at all.
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Old 23 Feb 2011, 16:21 (Ref:2835727)   #11
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So, this is like the pro version of drunken golf cart racing? I think Paul Tracy has found his ride for next season.
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Given this is basically club level racing with a Westfield, yet rumours suggest Drayson is looking to purchase the ex-TWR facility and build their own car, is there more to come in 2012?
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Given this is basically club level racing with a Westfield, yet rumours suggest Drayson is looking to purchase the ex-TWR facility and build their own car, is there more to come in 2012?
I wonder if he got indigestion, when they calculated what the cost would be, to build a competitive hybrid car themselves?
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Given this is basically club level racing with a Westfield, yet rumours suggest Drayson is looking to purchase the ex-TWR facility and build their own car, is there more to come in 2012?
I suspect he looked at that and decided it wasn't in the cards for his dwindling fortune (or Lady Drayson did).
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There's been more fiction than reality in Drayson's claim to "green racing." Check this sentence in his press release for nonsense:

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"Drayson Racing have paved the way in green racing over the past four years with second generation biofuels, and we have been looking at electric vehicle technologies for a while, waiting for the technology to mature and for the right time to enter this exciting new field," Lord Drayson said.
First to race with E85: Corvette Racing.

First to race with isobutanol: Dyson Racing.

First to race with gas-to-liquid (GTL) diesel: Audi Sport

First to race with a battery/gasoline hybrid: Corsa Motorsport

First to race with a flywheel/gasoline hybrid: Porsche Motorsport

What was that "second generation biofuel" with which the Lord "paved the way?"

I'm a racing fan. Come race or go away. I could give a rat's patootie about your green fantasies. The idea that you're racing to save the world is megalomaniacal.
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