Daimler starting electric cup with Smarts
Daimler has announced the Smart EQ ForTwo E-Cup for this year. The race will feature a small series using 16 electric Smart cars in Italy. The races will commence on the 8th and 9th of July with a double race on a street track in Turin.
A total of five races are currntly planned, and after starting in Turin, the show will move on to Misano (24/25 June), Milan (21/22 July), Vallelunga (15/16 September) and finally to Mugello (27/28 October).
According to first reports, the electric Smart cars will feature roll-cages, racing suspension and absorbers, as well as racing seats and tires. The weight will be decreased by the re-fitting from 900 to 750 kg. A list of drivers has not been released so far.
Only recently, the German car manufacturer announced the intention to sponsor this years Formula-E race in Rome. The company has multiple reasons for getting involved in the race. For one, they plan to attract attention to their EQ electric brand, as well as a potentially planned entry as a serious Formula-E contender in future.
e-formel.de (In German), media.mercedes-benz.it (In Italian)