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LAS VEGAS -- A new kind of race car is making its debut with cartoonishly loud revving, the smell of burning rubber, and not a trace of exhaust.

That's because the new FIA Formula E Championship car is all electric. The championship is the first series exclusively for electric cars.

Organizers gave racing aficionados their first glimpse of the car in action Monday at a makeshift racetrack outside the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi showed off the capabilities of the Spark-Renault SRT-01E Formula E car, pulling off tight turns, breathtaking accelerations and sudden stops.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag says the championship is on a mission to encourage people around the world to embrace zero-emissions vehicles.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 7, 2014 C5

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