24 Hours of Lemons Announces a Separate Class for Electric Cars

The brain trust at the 24 Hours of Lemons believes the series is about to make galactic history: “Best as we can tell, the Lemons Electric Class Presented by AltThusiast is the first time all-electrics will go head to head against internal combustion machines in endurance racing.”

Yep, there’s now a separate Lemons class for electrics. There’s some coin on the line, too–or, specifically, 5.5 tons of coin. Should an electric vehicle take the overall win at a Lemons race, its team will be blessed with 1 million nickels courtesy of AltThusiast.

EV is the highest performing, most technically interesting part of the car world, and car enthusiasts aren’t paying the slightest attention,” explains Jay Lamm, Chief Perp at the 24 Hours of Lemons. “I want to change that–to make car enthusiasts realize and get excited about this new era of effectively unlimited power, effectively unlimited packaging, and vastly reduced mechanical complexity. What’s taking place now is a giant boon for us as enthusiasts, not a threat to us as enthusiasts.”

The EV class will allow battery swapping, while the powertrain and energy storage systems don’t count towards the series’ $500 budget cap. An EV section has been added to the Lemons rulebook as well.

It’s really, really hard,” Lamm says to those contemplating entering an EV. “There are extremely big, but ultimately solvable, technical challenges. There are even bigger, but ultimately solvable, safety challenges. It’s in no way a trivial undertaking: The conceptual, engineering, fabrication and organizational issues are enormous. In other words, it’s exactly why smart people go racing.”

COMING SOON: THE ALTTHUSIAST RALLY

Jay Lamm’s next big idea: The AltThusiast Rally, an all-inclusive rally for electric vehicles through the Monterey Peninsula June 25–29.

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JoeyM
JoeyM Mod Squad
6/24/19 3:16 p.m.

something tells me the price of a wrecked Leaf just appreciated....

te72
te72 Reader
6/25/19 12:34 a.m.

Lithium batteries of large capacities, being hucked into any number of random chassis by us enthusiast types, then ran on a track with other like minded enthusiasts?

 

I'm sure the local fire department is just gonna LOVE this news...

nimblemotorsports
nimblemotorsports New Reader
6/25/19 1:37 a.m.

This is old news, why the repost?  

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
6/25/19 6:50 a.m.
nimblemotorsports said:

This is old news, why the repost?  

Because there's a race this weekend. It's in the main article, but it was cutoff for the forum post.  

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
6/25/19 8:31 a.m.

COMING SOON: THE ALTTHUSIAST RALLY

Jay Lamm’s next big idea: The AltThusiast Rally, an all-inclusive rally for electric vehicles through the Monterey Peninsula June 25–29.

Looks like it starts today. 

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