With their instant torque, all-electric races could generate more excitement than petrol-powered processions. But will that accelerate the roll out of electric cars onto roads?

This article titled “Electric motorsport: will ‘boost buttons' spark electric cars into life?” was written by Damian Carrington, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 28th April 2011 15.21 UTC

Instant torque: two words that should be all that's needed to engage petrolheads in the idea of all-electric motor racing, I reckon. If not how about “boost button”, which dumps extra power into the tyres to speed past a rival.

The new EV Cup announced its inaugural series of races on Wednesday, starting on 6 August at Silverstone in the UK and ending five races later at the California Speedway on 16 December. As far as I can tell it's the first major electric car motor racing series.

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