Lordstown to enter SCORE race with electric truck

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US-based Lordstown Motors, which is developing electric light-duty trucks focused on the commercial fleet market, has entered its Endurance Beta skateboard model in the 2021 SCORE International San Felipe 250, part of the SCORE World Desert Championship race series. The 466km single-loop race will start and finish in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico on April 17, 2021.

By taking the Endurance to the Mexican desert racecourse, which is considered one of the most grueling and punishing in the world, Lordstown Motors says it is setting out to prove that it is not only a safe electric truck, but also durable enough to withstand the rigors of desert racing.

“We feel that it is quite a significant milestone for the electric vehicle community that an electric pickup truck can compete in an environment as demanding as Baja California,” said Steve Burns, CEO of Lordstown Motors. “Our goal is to be the first electric vehicle to ever complete the San Felipe 250, and with the superior traction, weight balance and advanced software control of our hub-motor-based Endurance, we are confident that we will do just that.”

After being postponed in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 San Felipe 250, held in April on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, will be the SCORE World Desert Championship season opener for the ninth straight season.

The Lordstown Endurance is a full-size, all-electric pickup that has a claimed range of 402km, the equivalent of 600hp and can tow up to 3,402kg. After successful prototype and Alpha builds, Lordstown is now building the first Beta Endurance vehicles and is on track for start of production in September of this year.

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