Rolling start: Brits take flight in Formula E, rising star Rory Butcher and more

In this week’s round-up of motorsport news and gossip, Bird and Sims take early wins in Formula E, VW commits to a fully-electric future, Jenson Button is unstitched by technical faults in Baja and Nascar champion Jimmie Johnson signals his retirement.

We also name the week’s rising star, and highlight some of the greatest machinery ever to enter a motor race.

Bird and Sims fly in Formula E

British racers Sam Bird (Envision Virgin-Audi) and Alexander Sims (BMW Andretti) took victories in the opening two rounds of the Formula E season in Saudi Arabia. Sims now leads the points. Series newcomers Porsche and Mercedes showed decent form, with three-time Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer and ex-McLaren Formula 1 racer Stoffel Vandoorne finishing second and third for the respective marques in the opening race.

VW’s electric vow

Volkswagen’s motorsport division will only pursue fully electric projects in the future. The firm will continue with its 671bhp ID R prototype, which has set records at Pikes Peak, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Nürburgring, and will also develop production-based electric motorsport concepts based on its MEB platform.