Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%00:00The ScenePlayMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00FullscreenNeed TextNo compatible source was found for this video.Racing on board with Jonathan Gitlin Cars TechnicashareplaysaveI am a skip button.Nelson Piquet Jr takes me for a ride in his Global Rallycross Ford Fiesta.As a form of racing, rallycross has been doing something few other series have managed in recent years—it's growing new fans and appealing to kids who by and large are more interested in getting the latest phone than a driver's license.With that in mind, we spent a couple of days at RFK stadium watching the action and talking to some of the drivers to find out what makes this flavor of the sport so successful.A brief primer: the cars all start life as regular production cars—Volkswagen Beetles, Ford Fiestas, and so on.Highly turbocharged two-liter engines pump out more than 600hp, driving all four wheels.
Li Bin, or William Li, founder of electric car maker NextEV, on Saturday spoke in Beijing about the future of cars.Headquartered in Shanghai, NextEV late last month unveiled the Nio EP9 electric supercar, the fastest electric car in the world.Aside from NextEV, Li in 2006 founded Bitauto Holdings Limited NYSE: BITA , a leading provider of internet content and marketing services for China s automotive industry.NextEV founder William Li speaking in Beijing Photo taken by Heather Wang The internet transforming the car experienceLi himself, and the startup s founding investors, are all from the internet industry.The all-star list of investing internet tycoons include Liu Qiangdong of JD.com, Lei Jun of Xiaomi, and Tencent s Pony Ma.The automobile is undergoing a series of new revolutions.Autonomous driving technologies from Google and Baidu have brought more possibilities and imagination to the industry, and electric cars from the likes Tesla are challenging both traditional car makers and even the internal combustion engine itself.For Li, though, what he sees is changes for the entire automobile industry chain.He believes that the experience of owning and using a car in the future will be fundamentally different from what it is now.On top of the aforementioned internet giants, investors persuaded by Li s vision for the future of cars include Hillhouse Capital Group, Sequoia Capital, and Temasek Holdings.Chinese car startups rev their engines2016 saw arguably the most electric vehicle EV automobile startups in China – LeSEE by tech giant LeEco, Xiaopeng Motors, and NextEV.What is causing traditional car makers like Ford and BMW to tremble is that they are confronting a talent drain caused by Chinese EV startups.NextEV in December last year announced the appointment of Padmasree Warrior, the former CTO of Cisco, as the startup s CEO in the American market.The world s fastest electric carIn June 2015, Nelson Piquet, supported by NextEV, won the first ever Formula E championship.This was also the first a Chinese team made it to the top in a world-class auto racing event.A fun fact: the champion car belongs to Lei Jun, Founder of Xiaomi.
Here at Ars, we've been fans of the all-electric racing series from day one.We were at the first-ever US race in Miami in 2015, and that same year two of the cars even carried our logo at the season finale in London.Since then, we've been regulars at the NYC ePrix, a two-day doubleheader that marks the conclusion of the championship.Electric cars racing on temporary street circuits in city centers represented quite a departure from your average racing series, and it's fair to say that Formula E has had to deal with a lot of skeptics.But we like people who try new things, and, over the course of the past four years, the sport has done a lot to win many naysayers over.I am referring to the new battery pack, a 54kWh unit built by McLaren Applied Technologies, with cells developed by Lucid Motors.
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