2010 Westfield iRacer EV review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 7 January 2010 , 14:01:15 byDan

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Westfield iRacer EV

Westfield developed the iRACER, a track focused electric vehicle designed and engineered to support a growing demand for zero emission sports car. Under the hood it hides two motors that deliver 80 kW and 1000 Nm of torque, enabling the model to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 110 mph. The Lithium-Phosphate batteries will be stored under the floor to lower the center of gravity. Additional batteries can also be positioned towards the front of the vehicle. It offers an additional competitive element for optimal vehicle setup for different circuits on the EV Cup calendar. EV Cup represents a great opportunity for us to develop vehicle technology on the back of this direct competition, a way to benchmark and to show that electric racing can be as dramatic an exciting as conventional motorsport. The new iRACER is actually the result of a collaborative project between Westfield Sportscars and Niche Vehicle Network partners Potenza Technology, Delta Motorsport, RDM Automotive and Coventry University.

Westfield Sportscars join EV Cup with their innovative electric race car, the iRACER.

Westfield`s iRACER is a track focused electric vehicle designed and engineered to support a growing demand for zero emission sports cars. With a target total weight of 600kg, powered by two motors delivering 80kW, the final vehicle will have a sub 5 second 0-60mph time, with an electronically limited top speed of 110mph.

Using an intelligent and flexible design, over half (approx. 100kg) of the state of the art Lithium Phosphate batteries will be stored under the floor to lower the centre of gravity. For a greater range and for better weight distribution, additional batteries can also be positioned towards the front of the vehicle. While this flexibility presents a number of practical and financial benefits, it also offers an additional competitive element for optimal vehicle setup for different circuits on the EV Cup calendar.

Westfield`s iRACER joins an already exciting SportsEV class line up. Dr. Paul Faithfull, Technical Director of Westfield Sportscars, "we are excited by the prospect of racing against other electric vehicles at circuits across Europe and beyond. EV Cup represents a great opportunity for us to develop vehicle technology on the back of this direct competition, a way to benchmark and to show that electric racing can be as dramatic and exciting as conventional motorsport."

Says Managing Director Sylvain Filippi: "Westfield`s iRACER is another example of the excitement behind performance electric vehicles, this time, open top and very lightweight. We look forward to working with Westfield and witnessing the success of their iRACER."

The iRACER is the result of a collaborative project between Westfield Sportscars, and Niche Vehicle Network partners Potenza Technology, Delta Motorsport, RDM Automotive, and Coventry University. Funded through an Advantage West Midlands programme, the vehicle has been styled by upcoming designer Elliott Hawkins from the Royal College of Arts.

Westfield`s iRACER is a track focused electric vehicle designed and engineered to support a growing demand for zero emission sports cars.



Westfield iRACER Specs

General:

Kerb Weight - 600kg
Length - 3600mm
Width - 1635mm
Installation - Rear, rear wheel drive
Bodywork - Lightweight and recyclable

Technical:

Drive motor - Oxford Yasa Motors, 80Kw, 1000Nm @ the wheels
Battery - 170kg, Lithium Phosphate

Performance:

0-60mph - under 5 seconds
Top speed - 110mph (electronically limited)
Range - 55 race miles on a single charge (extendable)
Recharge - 2 hours charge time from three phase generator