This is a multiple electric vehicle-racing event that conforms to current MSA standards. There are different classifications of participants in the event and each group is categorized according to the performance parameters in each electric vehicle model.
The racing event is held under the auspices of the European Electric Vehicle Racing Cup Limited, a company founded in 2009 and is currently based in the United Kingdom. The objective of the race is to obtain a wider global reach and showcase electric vehicle performance through the competitive format of a race.
The EV Cup is a concept based on zero emission electric vehicles. The current format has three categories, namely the CityEV, the SportsEV and the PrototypeEV. Each class is defined according to the performance of the vehicle on three racing factors: acceleration, top speed and range. The following are the specifics of each category.
- The CityEV Class. This racing class is limited to city-focused production vehicles that are currently being used in the city streets throughout the world. The class would feature the THINK City vehicles that have been modified to race specifications. These modifications would be lessening weight with the interior and some exterior changes, the vehicle in this race class needs to run on the latest THINK Motor and battery specifications and technologies.
- The SportsEV Class. This is reserved for sports production vehicles and has the widest range of conceptual vehicles participating. Participants in this race class include the Lightning Car Company’s Lightning GT, with its four in-wheel motors using the latest NanoSafe battery technology. Others include Ginetta, with its Ginetta G50EV and Westfield Sportscars Westfield iRACER.
- The PrototypeEV Class. This race class would demonstrate the capacities of the latest non-production electric vehicles. There are very few design limitations and a wide range of measurement criteria in this class as well as there are no performance limits. This is where the most advanced electric vehicle technology are put through their motions and shown to the world as to their capacities.
The race format commences after pre-race testing and qualification runs in order to become part of the race sequence and to determine who has pole position. There are fifteen competitive laps for the CityEV class and the SportsEV class electric vehicles. As for the PrototypeEV class, the fastest timed lap determines the winner of the class.