It's a common assumption that hybrids are slow but the Oaktec racing team begs to disagree as their modified Honda Insight has been banned from the Formula 1000 rally championship for being too fast.

It's a common assumption that hybrids are slow, dull and boring but the Oaktec racing team begs to disagree as their modified Honda Insight has been banned from the Formula 1000 rally championship for being too fast.

The specifics are fairly light, but the car dominated the competition in the first three races, and officials asked the team to enter a higher class where the vehicle would be more competitive.

In a statement, Oaktec boss Paul Andrews said "It was a bit of a shock when I got the call as after six years of hard work we finally had our chance for a bit of glory. But I fully understand the perspective of the organizers and their wish not to spoil the sport for the other drivers. Formula 1000 is a great championship and they were really supportive by allowing us to compete with these new hybrid technologies in their rallies and we always agreed that if we had a clear advantage we would step aside."

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