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World's First 1 Megawatt All-Electric Race Car 106

New submitter MotoJ writes: A Latvian company has announced plans to race a one megawatt all-electric race car. It has a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and is propelled by six YASA-400 electric motors. It provides 1020 kW (1368 hp) and a top speed of 260 km/h. It has a real chance to become the first overall winner of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition with an electric vehicle. That's something to look forward to and curious who will pilot this machine. The race is on June 28, 2015. The same company has an equally interesting all-electric off-road racer.
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World's First 1 Megawatt All-Electric Race Car

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  • Not the first (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 02, 2015 @03:55PM (#49394101)

    There have been plenty of 1MW electric cars built prior to this one. There is a company named Evnetics that makes a controller called the Shiva, it's capable of 1.2MW continuously, and there have been numerous drag cars built with it capable of exceeding the 1MW level in bursts. I've also run across EVs using multiple Zilla 2ks which have an output exceeding 1,000KW.

    This may be the first AC motored car to exceed 1MW though.

  • 3 minutes of glorious acceleration... and then?

    Battery is dead...

    • by sconeu ( 64226 )

      Dammit! You beat me to it!

    • Pikes Peak is only 12.5 miles.

      3 minutes of max acceleration is a lot of go time.

    • 3 minutes of glorious acceleration... and then?

      Battery is dead...

      Yea....in a straight line with no turns........but not the case here......

    • How many KWs of energy does it take to climb Pike's Peak? If my figures are right, if they take 10 minutes, then it would be about 25 KW just to lift the car straight up the 1.5 kilometers, not taking into consideration the twists and turns, wind resistance, etc.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        How many knots of distance does it take to get to 200 degrees?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ... Its that pesky issue of energy storage!

    Traditional ICE systems have it easy with the absolutely mind-boggling amount of energy that can be found in an ordinary tank of fuel. Who cares if you waste 80-90% of your energy heating the atmosphere when gas is a few bucks a gallon?

  • Not the same. (Score:5, Informative)

    by quintessencesluglord ( 652360 ) on Thursday April 02, 2015 @04:15PM (#49394239)

    After the Sierra Club litigated to get the entire course paved, it's no longer the last holdout of Group B racing, and especially an electric misses the point of dealing with the altitude changes. An overall lap record at Nürburgring would be more impressive.

    It would be more fitting to do a hard rest of all records from 2011 onward, as the elements that made it truly unique are about gone, and now it is just another technical road course instead of a nightmare of changes packed into 13 miles.

    Any subsequent victory is just less impressive.

    • Actually, the electrics do NOT miss the point of altitude change. It is the ICE owners that refuse to recognize that altitude should not matter to the car. Basically, the EVs are about to take the records and destroy them since the electrics are so much quicker than ICE cars.
      • Pikes Peak has had a long history with aviation testing. Prior to accurate modeling, the only way to know if an engine would work at altitude was to risk failure at 10,000 feet, or drag the engine to the top of a mountain for testing. One of the first roads in the US to go that high was the Pikes Peak Highway, and the race and aviation tests followed soon after. The two go hand in hand. Indeed, there is a monument to Sanford Moss at the summit, as he midwifed turbos into aviation use.

        While interesting to se

        • First off, cool about moss. I have been at the peak (just there last summer) a few times and have not see the memorial. I will have to look for it next time.

          Secondly, Tesla does JUST FINE in the arctic circle, in nothern Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Why do you think that cold will impact a car here? The ONLY way that it would impact it, is if the battery is cold. However, nobody starts a race with a cold engine, so, you do not have to have a cold battery.
          As to bringing the vehicle in an ICE, that is tr
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 02, 2015 @04:26PM (#49394305)

    1020 kW, that's almost 1 MiW!

  • by magarity ( 164372 ) on Thursday April 02, 2015 @05:06PM (#49394583)

    curious who will pilot this machine?

    How about if Google Car's auto driver races the electric car up Pikes Peak?

  • Call me when someone makes a 1.21 Gigawatt electric race car.
  • No doubt, we will see a Tesla Dual on the track. That is night and day above the one that set the 12 minute EV production run. I would not be surprised to see this monster and a Model S owning the top 2 records.
  • Doesn't say if they'll have a motor sound or it'll just be like a fast golf cart. Would be really humorous if it had engine noise.

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