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Some automotive enthusiasts saw EVs as a sign of motorsport’s eventual dom, but electric vehicles are proving that to not be quite true.
Quimera Responsible Racing wants to be the first on the market with a true All Electric Drift Car (AEDC). While electric cars won’t roar like a V8 they can burn serious rubber.
It isn’t actually far-fetched to imagine them competing at an actual drift event. Quimera sure hopes that its AEDC will be well-received by drifters nationwide, and is currently hosting a design contest for the car’s livery.
The international competition will grant the winner and a friend a trip to California’s Irwindale Speedway – aka The House of Drift – for the car’s official unveiling on October 12. Quimera will also give the winner $5,000 in spending cash, so if you’re interested click here.
Quimera hopes to encourage all forms of motorsports through its electric vehicle platforms in the future. We’re curious to see how their AEDC will perform out at Irwindale Speedway later this year.
Irwindale Speedway just didn’t see many days like the ones in the above photo, taken back in 2006 at a Formula Drift event, the series that has given the track its nickname of “The House of Drift.” Now it appears that no such drifting will be going on this year.
Rumors were flying over the weekend that Irwindale was being closed permanently, or that it was just an ownership swap and that business would continue as usual. But today the track finally released an official statement, albeit a brief one, that they’ll be canceling the 2012 race season.
This past Saturday, the grandstands in the pit area were taken down while the offices at the track were cleaned out and emptied onto moving trucks. The canceling of the 2012 race season marks the end of stock car and NASCAR-sanctioned short track racing in the LA County. It also means that we won’t be seeing an exhilarating season finale for Formula D.
But it appears that Irwindale Speedway will get a new owner in due time, and that the L. A. Racing Experience driving school believes it will have no effect on them. ”It doesn’t,” Jim Cohan, CEO of L.A. Racing Experience said. “We look forward to working with the next owner for sure. I do not see racing finished here. I see too many people that love the sport.”
The biggest blow to the track was when Toyota decided not to continue as the title sponsor at the end of the 2011 season. Hopefully things will turn around for the track over the course of this year.
After claiming this year’s Formula Drift championship, Vaughn Gittin Jr. is looking to further expand his driving resume by participating in this weekend’s Gymkhana Grid event at Irwindale Speedway. His weapon of choice will be Ken Block’s old 1978 Ford Escort Mk2, now sporting Monster Energy Drink livery.
For those not in the know, Gymkhana Grid is presented by Ken Block, known for his ridiculously awesome gymkhana videos. Several of Formula Drift’s top drivers will be in attendance, including Gittin Jr.’s Falken teammate, Daijiro Yoshihara, Matt Powers, Ross Petty and Joon Maeng, just to name a few. If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by Irwindale Speedway to get your motorsports fix until next season starts.
[Source: Wrecked Magazine]
Still confused about Gymkhana Grid? See after the jump for a quick promo video: