Nissan showed off its own "zero emission" racing car which it plans to compete with from 2014

Drayson Racing's attention will now switch to the launch of the FIA's Formula E championship, which is due to begin in September next year.

London will host the first electric car race. Rome, Miami, Beijing and Rio de Janeiro are among the other seven locations.

A different vehicle - similar to a Formula One machine - is being developed for the firm by Singapore's Spark and Surrey-based McLaren for the first year of the competition.

However, Drayson Racing plans to build its own machine for the 2015 competition using some of the same components used in its record breaking Lola B12 69/EV.

One analyst said such such efforts were an excellent way to promote electric cars, but questioned how many of the technologies being developed would actually find their way onto the road.

"I think that any kind of competition-led design will have spin-offs - it might be that electric motors become more efficient," said Paul Newton, auto analyst at IHS Global Insight.

"The problem is that making an electric car go faster is relatively straightforward.

"Making it go further and become more practical is infinitely more difficult, and that's down to the basic physics of how batteries store energy and release it."

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