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Η Drive e0 στο φετινό Pikes Peak θα τρέξει με ένα ηλεκτρικό αγωνιστικό απόδοσης μεγαλύτερη από 1 Megawatt. Είναι η πρώτη φορά που κατασκευάζεται ένα τόσο δυνατό ηλεκτρικό αγωνιστικό που συνδυάζει έξι YASA-400 ηλεκτροκινητήρες που τροφοδοτούνται από μια 50 kWh μπαταρία ιόντων λιθίου. Αποδίδουν συνδυαστικά 1.020 kW (1.387 άλογα) με 2.610 Nm ροπής, με το αυτοκίνητο να έχει βάρος 1.200 κιλά και να είναι ικανό να πιάσει τελική ταχύτητα 260 χλμ/ώρα. Οδηγός του θα είναι ο Αμερικάνος Rhys Millen.

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Drive eO Announces World’s First One Megawatt Electric Race Car

Drive eO announces the arrival of eO PP03, world’s first one megawatt all-electric race car. Designed and built in Latvia, the 1020 kW (1368 hp) powerful vehicle is to compete at the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the United States of America on June 28, 2015. “We want to become the first overall winner with an electric vehicle,” said Kristaps Dambis, project director at Drive eO.

Drive eO is an engineering company specialised in the design and manufacture of electric and hybrid electric prototype vehicles. The eO PP03 is a result of years of development. The Latvian based company was the first to enter and complete the demanding Dakar Rally with a hybrid electric vehicle. This project was followed by the creation of eO PP01, a purpose built fully electric prototype race car to participate at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition. Last year, they were the first to enter this race with a modified Tesla Roadster.

The newly created all-wheel drive eO PP03 has a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and is propelled by six YASA-400 electric motors with in-house developed eO controllers. This package provides a peak power of an impressive 1020 kW, peak torque of 2160 Nm and could reach 260 km/h. The kerb weight is targeted at just 1200 kg.

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 metre elevation (9,390 feet) and finishes at the 4,301 metre (14,110 feet) summit of the Pikes Peak mountain in Colorado Springs.

Kristaps Dambis, project director at Drive eO, said:

“We are hugely excited about building world’s first one megawatt electric race car. 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 currently being assembled at the workshop in Ogresgala Pagasts, near Latvia’s capital city Riga, and is expected to undergo first testing in May. The experienced driver piloting the one megawatt electric race car will be announced in April. The race takes place on Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Colorado Springs, USA.

eO PP03 technical specifications:

  • All wheel drive
  • Six YASA-400 electric motors with eO controllers
  • Peak power 1020 kW / peak torque 2160 Nm
  • 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with BMS
  • Single reduction gear / limited slip axle differentials
  • Steel tubular spaceframe with carbon fibre body
  • Electrically assisted power steering
  • 4-way adjustable shock absorbers
  • Ventilated brake discs Ø378 mm front / Ø330 mm rear
  • 320/710 R18 slick tyres / 13” × 18” wheels
  • Kerb weight: 1200 kg
  • Top speed: 260 km/h

Rhys Millen to pilot the eO PP03 one megawatt electric race car in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Former winner and record holder Rhys Millen will participate in the 93rd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the one megawatt electric race car developed by Drive eO. The 42-year-old driver will challenge all competitors in the ‘Race to the Clouds’ aiming to become the first overall winner with an electric vehicle. “In ideal conditions we must be capable of setting a race time below nine minutes,” Millen predicts.

The eO PP03 produces 1020 kW (1367 hp) peak power thanks to a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and six YASA-400 electric motors with in-house developed eO controllers. The all-electric vehicle is currently being assembled by Drive eO, which is a Latvian engineering company specialised in the design and manufacture of electric and hybrid electric prototype vehicles. Previously, they were the first to complete the demanding Dakar Rally with a hybrid electric vehicle and they have participated with all-electric race cars in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb twice.

With over 20 years of racing experience, Rhys Millen has carved out a solid career and reputation, becoming one of the most sought after performance drivers in the US automotive scene. Millen, born in New Zealand, is the son of famed rally and off-road racer Rod Millen. Rhys joined his father Rod in the USA as a teenager and soon established himself as an entrepreneur and race car driver. He developed his advanced car control skills in various competitions like rally, drift series and participating in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, setting multiple records, class wins and taking the overall victory in 2012. He previously represented factory teams such as Mitsubishi, GM and Hyundai. Besides racing, Millen was also appointed as lead stunt driver for film productions like Dukes of Hazzard and multiple Fast & Furious titles.

Kristaps Dambis, project director at Drive eO, said: “We are very proud to announce Rhys as our driver. It was great to see him very excited straight away and his involvement in the project has already benefited us massively. He’s brought his experience of 4WD race car preparation and setup and also insider knowledge of Pikes Peak peculiarities. He is taking the project very seriously and is coming up with useful ideas to beat the competition this year. Overall it is certainly a great acknowledgement of our past work that Rhys puts his faith in our team to develop a race winning car!”

Rhys Millen, race driver of the eO PP03 one megawatt electric race car, said: “I’m very pleased that Drive eO offers me my first electric race car experience at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. When Kristaps mentioned the new vehicle design it peaked my interest to work with the team. Drive eO brings the future into the present with the most capable vehicle ever to grace Pikes Peak that has the opportunity to win overall. I have full confidence in the team that we will succeed. If the numbers that are on paper equate to real world numbers, this vehicle – in ideal conditions – should be capable of a race time below nine minutes.”

The eO PP03 is currently being assembled in the workshop in Ogresgala Pagasts, near Latvia’s capital city Riga, and is expected to undergo first testing in May.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor racing event in the United States of America. The race is run on a twenty-kilometre (12.42 mile) course with 156 turns that begins at 2,862 metre (9,390 feet) elevation and finishes at the 4,301 metre (14,100 feet) summit of the Pikes Peak mountain in Colorado Springs, USA.

About Drive eO Drive eO provides bespoke electric and hybrid solutions for high performance low carbon vehicles – complete prototype vehicle development, electric drive train integration, high power electric motor controllers and custom lightweight battery packs. The company has produced several technology demonstrators, including the first electric drive Dakar rally car and a string of electric supercars for the Pikes Peak hill climb.

About Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) Founded by Spencer Penrose in 1916, the PPIHC is the second oldest motor race in the Western Hemisphere and is one of the few races in the world that encompasses nearly all forms of motorsports in a one day event. Every year vehicles ranging from motorcycles, ATVs, sidecars, Big Rigs and 1500 hp purpose built Pikes Peak racers take on America’s Mountain on the last Sunday of June.