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McLaren to supply EV groundwork for Formula E cars, take pro racing electric

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McLaren to supply EV groundwork for Formula E cars, take racing electric

McLaren isn’t a brand that most would associate with eco-friendly motoring. That very nearly makes it a surprise to see the supercar builder throw itself wholeheartedly into performance EVs with a new deal for Formula E racing: it’s supplying all the motors, electronics and transmissions for Spark Racing Technology-made cars to be used in the pure-electric league’s inaugural 2014 season. Full technical details await, but the championship’s choice of noise-sensitive urban racetracks guarantees that we won’t hear attempts to recreate an F1 engine’s high-RPM buzz anytime soon — we’re more likely to hear the tire noise. We’ll deal with any lost romanticism if it means giving Formula E, and performance EVs, a healthy dose of credibility.

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McLaren to supply EV groundwork for Formula E cars, take pro racing electric originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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