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Electric cars are certainly becoming a more familiar sight on the roads these days, but in the ultra-competitive world of professional motor sport they’re also beginning to get a foot-hold.
Regular readers will be no stranger to many of these vehicles, tackling disciplines as diverse as crossing Australia on solar power, setting record times up the infamous Pikes Peak hill climb, and outrunning gasoline vehicles at the drag strip.
We’ve decided to pull some of these vehicles together into a gallery to celebrate their existence, because they’re more important than you might think.
Motor sport has long been the arena in which top road vehicle technologies are developed, and the stresses and unique demands of the sport will do the same for electric vehicles.
Perhaps even more importantly, they have the potential to completely change the perception of electric cars for regular folk in the streets. If you see a top driver winning the weekend’s race on the TV, it’ll make you think in a whole new way about its showroom equivalent–and may convince you to take the electric plunge.
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