‘We Want to Become the First Overall Winner with an Electric Vehicle’
A team in Latvia is preparing a powerful battery electric competition “supercar” for this coming June’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Drive eO’s PP03 packs more than a megawatt of power: as such, it is the “world’s first one megawatt all-electric race car,” the company says.
Drive eO says it fielded the first team to enter and complete Dakar Rally events with a hybrid electric vehicle, the OSCar eO. Last year the firm participated in the Pikes Peak climb with a modified Tesla Roadster.
British Yasa Motors, 720 Volts
This year, “We want to become the first overall winner with an electric vehicle,” said Kristaps Dambis, project director at Drive eO.
The all-wheel drive eO PP03 has a 50-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack powering six Yasa-400 electric motors at 720 volts.
“The Yasa electric motors are modular,” Dambis told F&F by email. “They can be stacked in series to meet the desired performance target.”
“We have a stack of three motors for each axle. This triple-stack is coupled to mechanical axle differential.” The PP03’s motors and controllers were designed in-house by eO over the past three years. “They will be available on the market in late summer,” Dambis says.
Controls and Battery Pack by Drive eO Too
The design yields “impressive” peak power of 1,020 kilowatts and peak torque of 2160 Nm, the company says. Top speed is projected at about 160 mph (260 kph). The PP03 car has a steel tubular spaceframe with carbon composite body. Target curb weight is 1200 kilograms (2,645 pounds).
The PP03’s battery pack was also been designed and built by Drive eO.
“The PP03 racing car,” Dambis says, “is one of our test beds and also a technology demonstrator.”
Also from the PP03 blog post:
“Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor racing event in the United States of America. The race is run on a challenging twenty-kilometre (12.42 mile) course with 156 turns. It begins at 2,862-meter elevation (9,390 feet) and finishes at the 4,301-meter (14,110 feet) summit of the Pikes Peak mountain in Colorado Springs.”
“We are hugely excited about building world’s first one megawatt electric race car,” said Dambis. “We have built the car from the ground up and the majority of the components and design has been constructed in-house.
“We know that racing with a state-of-the-art vehicle comes along with new challenges, but we are well prepared after our Dakar Rally adventure and two previous participations in the race at Pikes Peak. With great pride we’ll soon present the vehicle to the public and hopefully it will surprise everyone.
“Winning the event is our goal.”
The eO PP03 is being assembled at the Drive eO workshop in Ogresgala Pagasts, near Latvia’s capital city of Riga. It is expected to undergo first testing in May.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place on Sunday, June 28.
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Source: Drive eO with Fleets & Fuels follow-up