American Le Mans Series race-winning team Drayson Racing is to switch to a new championship for electric cars this year.
Lord Drayson's squad was conspicuously absent from the 2011 entry lists for the Le Mans 24 Hours and its associated championships when they were revealed earlier this month. And it has now announced that it will turn its attention to the new EVCUP. Drayson will run a Westfield iRACER in the Sports EV section of the brand-new zero-emission series.
Lord Drayson, a former minister for science and innovation in the UK government, has long championed environmentally friendly motorsport projects and says the EVCUP is a natural move for his team.
"Drayson Racing has 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," he said. "The team at EVCUP has taken a bold step forward to create the world's first electric racing series. As one of the world's leading green motorsport teams, we want to be a part of it and we want to win it."
Drayson was a regular in the ALMS and Le Mans Series in recent years, taking an overall victory with its LMP1 Lola at the ALMS's Elkhart Lake round last summer.