The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on today. This month's edition looks at how the green evolution of top global racing series is making it easier for Mercedes, Renault, Porsche and other automakers to quickly transfer successful technologies from the track to production models.
Europe’s top motorsports series now have a mixture of powertrains as varied as those available at local dealerships. Formula One’s gasoline-sucking V-8s have been replaced by turbocharged V-6s equipped with sophisticated hybrid systems that deliver the same performance while burning 40 percent less fuel. Meanwhile, reigning Le Mans champion Porsche uses a four-cylinder turbo hybrid instead of the thirsty V-12s that were standard in the past.
While it is impossible to definitively measure the effect that racing is having on the uptake of hybrids and electric cars in Europe, the link to motorsports definitely has not hurt. Sales are rising in both niches, and EVs now hold a near 1 percent market share in Europe, which is by far the strongest penetration for battery-powered vehicles in the world.