WAVE Rally start, Winterthur, Switzerland, June 2018 [WORLDREACH PHOTO]Enlarge PhotoUndeterred by major automakers that build electric cars by the millions, tinkerers and apostles aren't finished coming up with new ideas on their own. Whether sharing their knowledge with community, or just a sense of unflagging camaraderie, 160 such teams ranging from solo shade-tree mechanics to major corporations to visiting tourists in rented Nissan Leaf and BMW i3s took to the roads in Switzerland to participate in the largest electric-vehicle rally in the world. Oganizer Louis Palmer talks to solar powerd tandem crew WAVE Trophy start, [PHOTO MARIUS KEIL] Enlarge Photo The teams will spend 8 days circumnavigating the mountainous country in the WAVE (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) Trophy rally, now in its eighth year. Their route hits more than 50 towns in Switzerland and travels over the 6,700-foot Oberalp Pass. This year they will gather twice, with a second round in Austria in … [Read more...] about World’s largest electric-car rally kicks off in Switzerland
After the 1955 Le Mans disaster, Switzerland banned motorsports entirely. Any sport that could kill 83 spectators and injure 180 more was deemed reckless and irresponsible, and the Swiss government refused to have that kind of catastrophe take place on their own soil. But now, after over six decades, Formula E is changing that by bringing electric racing to the streets of Zürich. Changing the way we traditionally think about motorsport is kind of Formula E’s thing. Before FE came on the scene, electric racing was pretty much unthinkable (or, at the least, very uncool). Now, it’s starting to catch on. Former Formula One drivers like Felipe Massa are signing up to drive, other electric sports are popping up just about every year, and the fan base is growing steadily as more and more big-name manufacturers join the sport. They’ve made a lot of people rethink their preconceived notions about what racing can be—including Switzerland. In 2007, the lower … [Read more...] about Formula E Will Be The First Series To Race On The Streets Of Switzerland Since 1954
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments To Your Health by Lindsey Bever by Lindsey Bever Email the author May 3 at 6:09 AM Email the author Champagne bubbles danced in fancy glasses and birthday candles burned atop a cheesecake marking 104 years of a long and accomplished life. David Goodall listened quietly as his loved ones started to sing. Then he took a breath, made a wish and blew out the flames. But Goodall was not wholeheartedly celebrating … [Read more...] about This Australian scientist just turned 104. Now he’s flying to Switzerland to die.
The rain has stopped, but headlights still glimmer on the road’s slick surface, and fog swirls over the mountainside like lace curtains whipping in the breeze. Immediately ahead, there’s a Ferrari 812 Superfast and a Dodge Viper ACR. Beyond them, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR and Porsche 911 GT1 road cars queue side by side, homologation specials from 25-unit production runs. In the rearview mirror, a Ferrari FZ93 and Aston Martin Zagato Shooting Brake stand out in the line of exotics that coils down the Tarmac, coach-built rarities normally found in museums. Soon we’ll run with this incredible pack up the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, closed specially for the occasion. No oncoming traffic, no speed limit. The event’s organizers claim that the Gotthard Pass has never before been closed for fun, nor has any other street in Switzerland. The road climbs to 6,909 feet over the Saint-Gotthard Massif in the Alps, tying German-speaking Andermatt in the north to … [Read more...] about Dreamscape: Running Supercars Up Switzerland’s Gotthard Pass
Tweet TweetA Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder was seen on the road near Zofingern, in Switzerland, where the driver of the supercar lost control and crashed into a ditch. This is not the first time to write about supercar crashing on the roads due to drivers not having driving experience to handle such powerful supercars. The supercar Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder was driven near Zofingen by a 33-year old man, who couldn’t control the wheel anymore. Nobody was injured in the crash, except for the car, which was damaged quite well. The Lamborghini Gallardo has been recently replaced by the Huracan version, after being on the roads for more than 11 years now. The Gallardo was manufactured in two body styles, a two-door coupe and a two-door roadster, the supercar also coming with a mid-engine and a driving system to all wheels. The LP560-4 Spyder was publicly displayed at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, the supercar coming with some significant upgrades like a5.2-liter … [Read more...] about Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder Hits the Ditch in Switzerland