Belgian Mercedes pilot Stoffel Vandoorne Formula E world champion

August 16, 2022

Last weekend, Stoffel Vandoorne became Formula E world champion. The Belgian pilot owes the title mainly to his steady driving style, as he only wound up 1 GP. Mercedes, by the way, is leaving this championship behind after this one. Vandoorne may already be a world champion, but he was not the most spectacular driver […]

Ford builds electric super van

June 27, 2022

Ford Pro, the commercial vehicle division of the American manufacturer, presented the Ford Pro Electric Supervan at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood, UK. Based on the E-Transit Custom, the boosted van can sprint from 0 to 100 km/hour in just two seconds. For Ford Performance, this particularly fast van is to showcase the potential […]

McLaren buys Mercedes team and enters Formula E

May 16, 2022

After Maserati, another new contender will appear on the grid of Formula E in 2023: McLaren will join the all-electric single-seater championship as of season nine. The British brands’ racing branch has acquired the team from Mercedes-EQ, which is retiring after this year. This means that Stoffel Vandoorne has a chance of returning to his […]

TVR is going electric

May 04, 2022

The tiny British sports car manufacturer, TVR, is planning a limited edition all-electric offshoot of its Griffith V8 model for 2024. Normally, there will be a second, as yet unspecified electric model joining it. TVR made the announcement as part of a sponsoring partnership with the Formula E electric racing series. The manufacturer, previously known […]

Will Porsche and Audi get a foot in Formula 1?

May 03, 2022

After many years of speculations, German brands Porsche and Audi should enter the Formula 1 championship in the near future. The Zuffenhausen sports car brand is set to become Red Bull Racing’s power unit supplier while Audi could have its very own factory team. Both brands are jumping on the opportunity provided by the upcoming […]

Third generation of Formula E drops rear braking system

April 29, 2022

On the eve of the sixth E-Prix in Monaco, which will take place next weekend, the third generation of Formula E cars has just been presented. These new racing cars will be seen on the inner-city streets of major cities from 2023 onward. The vehicles will be faster, lighter, and more efficient. The future of […]

Nissan takes control of e.dams Formula E racing team

April 13, 2022

After three seasons in Formula E, Nissan takes its former partner and French racing team e.dams under its wing. With this acquisition, the newly formed official Nissan team will continue to race as planned in Season 8. In addition, commitment to the Formula E Gen3 era, from Season 9 to the end of Season 12, […]

Audi and Porsche in Formula 1 by 2026

April 08, 2022

There’s a big chance that in 2026, F1 race cars will also be driven by Audi and Porsche engines/motors. If all goes as predicted, Porsche will be delivering to Red Bull and Audi to McLaren; other racing teams may follow. This is excellent news for the new owner of the ‘F1 circus’, American Liberty Media, […]

Lotus’ first car of new era is electric Hyper-SUV Eletre

March 30, 2022

In its ongoing transformation into a global performance car brand, Lotus has launched its first product, which is considered a milestone for the company. “The all-new and all-electric Lotus Eletre is a striking and progressive Hyper-SUV – the first of a new breed of pure electric SUVs,” says the press release. “It takes the core […]

Mercedes-AMG launches two EQE performance EVs

February 16, 2022

Mercedes-AMG, the sports division of Mercedes-Benz, launches two new performance EVs in its portfolio. The EQE 43 4Matic and the EQE 53 4Matic+ are the power variants of the also imminent Mercedes EQE full-electric sedan. This means that they are also based on the electrically dedicated EVA2 platform and that they have AMG-specific features regarding […]

DS tests its future with E-Tense Performance

February 09, 2022

By 2024 DS Automobiles will be fully dedicated to electric models. In the wake of that shift, the company is experimenting with technology and design solutions. As a cross-over between a Formula E and a road car the E-Tense Performance is such a testbed. Contrary to many concepts, the E-Tense Performance is road-worthy and will […]

WRC kicks off hybrid future in Monte-Carlo

January 19, 2022

As the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is about to start at Monte-Carlo this Thursday, the highest class is going hybrid. The new rules and specifications of the all-new hybrid powertrains have been laid out. Toyota, Hyundai, and Ford cars will benefit from a ‘hybrid boost’ during the stages, and some connecting roads between […]

Maserati returns to single-seater racing joining Formula E

January 12, 2022

Maserati is the first Italian brand to join the ABB Formula E championship. The sports car brand announced on Tuesday that it will be joining as of 2023, the ninth season of the electric single-seater competition, which organizes its races primarily in big cities. When Maserati will join the playing field is lining up with […]

Mohammed Ben Sulayem FIA’s new top man

December 20, 2021

The FIA (Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile) is getting a new president, after top executive Jean Todt hands over the torch to his successor, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, after 12 years of presidency. The FIA is an international body that manages numerous motorsport and mobility organizations worldwide. Founded in 1904, the FIA has its headquarters in Geneva […]

Porsche’s most affordable electric racing car: Vision GT

December 06, 2021

It’s Porsche’s newest racing machine for the circuit and yet one most mortals will be able to afford and to drive: the Vision Gran Turismo. It’s the first Porsche concept designed exclusively for a virtual future to live in the video game Gran Turismo 7, which will be released on 4 March 2022 for PlayStation […]

McLaren take-over is no go for Audi’s intended F1 entry

November 18, 2021

Earlier this week, numerous media reported on a rumor regarding the purchase of British supercar maker and Formula 1 team McLaren by German carmaker Audi. McLaren denied the report, but leaves the door open for technology collaboration. Audi, for its part, is said to be particularly interested in F1, taking advantage of the sport’s new […]

Belgian Agoria Solar Team wins 24-hour European endurance race

September 20, 2021

The Belgian students of the Agoria Solar Team have claimed their second consecutive victory in the iLumen European Solar Challenge (iESC), a 24-hour endurance race for solar cars on the racetrack of Zolder, Belgium. During the Challenge, each team can make a maximum of two stops for charging to survive the night. Since 2018, teams […]

Electric racing car ERA breaks lap record in Zolder

August 27, 2021

Belgium-developed electric racing car ERA has broken the electric lap record on the raceway of Zolder. It finished the lap in 1 minute and 38,81 seconds. More than 3,5 seconds faster than the previous record. The car is developed by the Electric Racing Academy (ERA) and the Expertise Center for Durable Mobility of the Flemish […]

Mercedes is going to exit from Formula E

August 19, 2021

Mercedes has officially confirmed its exit from Formula E after the coming season. The decision had been taken as part of a strategic realignment of resource allocation to develop electric vehicles. During the last race weekend of the current Season 7 in Berlin, Mercedes-EQ driver Nyck de Vries secured the drivers’ title. Mercedes-EQ was crowned […]

Are hybrids still the future for endurance racing?

August 18, 2021

With the 24 Hours of Le Mans returning this weekend for their 89th edition, racing regulations are changing in the World Endurance Championship in 2021. LMP1 prototypes are out the doors, and rules are set for the new ‘Hypercar’ category. This year, only Toyota is running a hybrid car, but Peugeot, Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, and […]

Belgian solar team heads for Morocco in new ‘Blue Point Atlas’

August 03, 2021

Twenty engineering students from the Belgian KU Leuven University have just presented the new solar car of the Agoria Solar Team, the ‘Blue Point Atlas’. It is a high-tech car with an electric drive system powered by solar energy. A remarkable new feature is that the car now has three wheels instead of four. Expectations […]

Jaguar Racing commits to Formula E Gen3 era

July 23, 2021

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has announced its commitment to the Formula E Gen3 era starting in 2022-2023. The racing will be part of Jaguar’s journey to becoming fully electric by 2025, and it should help develop and benchmark new technologies. Since its beginning in Formula E in 2016, Jaguar achieved four victories and 12 […]

Peugeot presents hybrid race car 9X8

July 07, 2021

Racing gets green. For a certain time already, we have Formula E, now the World Endurance Championship (WEC) gets greener too. Peugeot is getting in the dance again by presenting a hybrid hypercar, the 9X8. The French carmaker plans to enter the hybrid race car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the WEC […]

Bugatti finally sold to Porsche and… Rimac

July 06, 2021

It was an open secret that Volkswagen was looking for a buyer for its supercar brand Bugatti. Finally, it has found a solution: Croatian tech firm Rimac is the new owner, with 45% of the shares for Porsche, the VW Group keeps an eye out. With 55% of the shares, Rimac is the new owner. […]

Minister gets taste of junior electric ERA Championship

June 22, 2021

On Monday, Flemish Minister for Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) got a taste of what it’s like to sit in an electric-powered racing car on the circuit of Zolder. The car, developed by the Electric Racing Academy (ERA) with the help of the Flemish Karel de Grote Hogeschool, is the centerpiece of a new championship […]

New cycling map for the province of Flemish Brabant

March 31, 2021

The new cycling map for the province of Flemish Brabant has been officially presented. That happened on Tuesday in Halle, where one of the two new cycle routes accessible to people with reduced mobility is situated. The result on this new map “is a cycling network with 150 kilometers of additional paths, 80 kilometers improved, […]

First 90-km long rollerblade route links Genk and Hasselt

March 22, 2021

Flanders proudly opened its first rollerblade route on Sunday. The signposted stretch between Hasselt and Genk contains several loops and combines the region’s most beautiful spots. Skaters can choose their point of departure, decide how many kilometers they want to cover and enjoy the overall 90-km long skating track. Genk offers a 20-km stretch and […]

Formula E restarts World Championship for 2021

February 26, 2021

The 2021 Formula E season will start this Friday, February 26th, as the now FIA regulated World Championship will take to the streets of Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. For its seventh year, the electric single-seater racing series has had to deal with the pandemic, already causing a delay and imposing a day-to-day adaptation of the championship’s […]

McLaren presents hybrid Artura, ‘the next generation supercar’

February 18, 2021

The English sports car manufacturer McLaren has just presented its new flagship Artura. It’s a completely new high-performance two-seater coupe that has to represent the sports car of the future. And, of course, one could say, it’s hybrid. The Artura thus combines a six-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor, a first for the manufacturer. […]

Audi’s e-tron GT is flagship of EV range (Update)

February 11, 2021

Audi has launched the top of the line of its e-tron EV range. The e-tron GT and the even more sporty RS version are two versions of an Audi Gran Turismo sedan. Underneath, it has a lot in common with the Porsche Taycan, but there are quite some differences too. The e-tron GT shares the […]

Michel Vaillant’s cartoonist Jean Graton dies aged 97

January 22, 2021

The Father of the Michel Vaillant cartoon, Jean Graton, has passed away in Brussels this Thursday, aged 97. Graton, who was born in France in 1923, settled in Belgium in the late forties, where he published the first adventures of his racing driver character, Michel Vaillant, in Tintin’s journal in 1957. He leaves a legacy […]

Lotus and Alpine opt for electric future together

January 21, 2021

During the presentation of its new strategic plan, Groupe Renault announced that Alpine would go fully electric and develop an EV sportscar together with Lotus. Both will work on a shared EV platform that the French will use for the A110’s replacement. At the same time, the legendary, Geely-owned sportscar manufacturer aims at launching a […]

Geely and Foxconn to jointly build EVs for other carmakers

January 14, 2021

Chinese carmaker Geely and Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn are setting up a joint venture to become contract manufacturers for other companies wanting to build electric cars. Like Apple, for instance? Geely surely has some spare capacity to build more cars at the moment. It looks this Chinese octopus is spreading its tentacles everywhere. And it […]

Is the luxury car ready for the electric era?

December 16, 2020

The energy transition is inevitable. The sooner manufacturers are adapting themselves to it, the better for them. Nevertheless, manufacturers of real luxury cars seem to have many problems to adapt themselves, Porsche being a notable exception. For many of those traditionally-thinking companies, the energy transition won’t be a piece of cake. By the look of […]

Audi to take part in 2022 Dakar Rally with electrified prototype

December 01, 2020

German carmaker Audi recently announced that its motorsport division would compete in the 2022 Dakar Rally with an innovative prototype. An electric drivetrain will power the machine that is built specifically for the task with a high-voltage battery. It can be charged on demand by a gasoline TFSI engine. Audi wishes that experience gained from […]

Peugeot marries hybrid and performance in 508 PSE

October 07, 2020

One can do a lot with hybrid technology in cars. Most of the hybridization schemes are meant to save fuel and use alternative energy like electricity. Peugeot shows that it can also turn a family car into a racehorse. Peugeot Sport Engineered Many brands have sporty models in their model line-up, some of them use […]

Honda to leave F1 in 2021, ‘incompatible with carbon neutrality’

October 05, 2020

On Sunday, during a press conference in Tokyo, Honda’s CEO announced that the company would be leaving Formula One by the end of 2021. Honda is pulling all R&D resources toward its new aim of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. Over the two last seasons, Honda won five races with Red Bull and AlphaTauri. “The […]

Belgian team wins European Championship for solar cars

September 21, 2020

On Sunday, The Agoria Solar Team has won the championship for solar cars on the race track of Zolder (Belgium). The team with the Bluepoint car covered 352 rounds. The Solar Team of Twente (the Netherlands) obtained the second and third place with Red Shift (313 rounds) and Red E (304 rounds. In the lead […]

McLaren takes turn toward electric

August 26, 2020

By 2035, the English sports car manufacturer, McLaren, will not sell cars wit internal combustion engines (ICE) anymore. The company is taking the turn toward electric and launches its first hybrid car next year, on a totally new carbon-fiber structure. “We will develop ICE engines for the next ten years and sell them for the […]

German Hyraze League: sustainable racing on hydrogen

August 20, 2020

A number of German companies and organizations from the racing scene are setting up a new ‘sustainable’ championship with hydrogen-powered cars, called Hyraze League. GT-like +800 hp fuel cell racing cars will compete from 2023 on. Simultaneously on the circuit in the real world, as in an Esports discipline online. The initiators want to start […]

Boonen invests in groundbreaking Belgian bicycle gear technology

August 14, 2020

The start-up Classified Cycling developed a revolutionary gear system and has a first contract with bicycle manufacturer Ridley. The arrival of Tom Boonen, former Belgian cyclist, as financier and advisor, should accelerate the expansion. New gear system Classified Cycling pioneers a new gear system for bicycles. This could mean the end of the classic front […]

Audi quits DTM racing

April 28, 2020

Car manufacturer Audi has announced that it will leave the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) at the end of the season. As a side-effect of the corona crisis, a lot of car manufacturers are questioning their motorsport engagements. “Audi has shaped the DTM and the DTM has shaped Audi, says the new Audi CEO, Markus Duesmann. […]

How will F1 survive during and after coronavirus?

April 14, 2020

With the COVID-19 health crisis, the Formula One season has been suspended. In theory, it should get back on the tracks in June with the French Grand Prix at the Castellet, and the championship should be reduced from 16 to 12 races. FIA boss, Jean Todt, worries that even with reduced budget requirements, some four […]

F1 to restart without public in Silverstone?

April 07, 2020

The Formula 1 circuit is considering seriously to restart the competition without any public in July or August in Silverstone (UK), where seven of the ten F1 teams are headquartered nearby. That was announced by the BBC after a videoconference between the teams, the stakeholders, and FIA President Jean Todt. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, […]

Electric Touring Car Championship ready for take-off

February 20, 2020

In 2021 a new touring car championship will start with strictly electric cars. This year the Pure ETCR championship will be presented during promo events and in the context of existing WTCR races. This was officially presented in Paris last week. Another Formula E? After the Formula E championship for single-seater electric cars, there will […]

Are old timers the new Van Goghs as symbols of wealth and status?

December 08, 2017

Until now you had art, jewels, boats or planes as symbols of power, wealth and status. Old timers are nestling themselves in these category now, they are becoming a new status symbol with a cherished added value: driving pleasure. Prices for old timers have gone through the ceiling lately (times 3 since 2009 says the […]

Ex F1-pilot d’Ambrosio hops on Swiss electric bike

December 04, 2017

Former Belgian Formula 1 pilot Jérôme d’Ambrosio jumps onto the Swiss electric folding bike Voltitude by investing in the startup and become ‘global brand ambassador’ for the company. He will also reside within the advice committee. “Electric bicycles will play a major role in the future”, d’Ambrosio says, “especially in the so called last mile. […]

Umicore and Voxdale step into electric racing

November 10, 2017

Indian Formula-E Mahindra Racing has announced a three-year partnership with Belgian companies Umicore and Voxdale. They will develop a new racing car for next seasons’ E-circuit formula, the electrical variant of Formula 1. Battery components and recycling specialist Umicore will investigate how it can improve the performance of the small 12-volt battery in Mahindra Racing’s […]

Zolder circuit loses ‘Electric GT-race’

November 06, 2017

The Electric GT championship, an European series for race prepared Tesla’s, is in the air again. Initially planned to start this month in the Marseille region, the start of the  championship is postponed until at least mid-2018. The race in Zolder scheduled on June 23th 2018 has been cancelled and Belgian race director Pierre Delettre […]