A vehicle powered by 52 lead-acid car batteries and using components from factory machinery will attempt to break the world land speed record for electric vehicles on Wednesday.
The "ABB e=motion" car will have to surpass the existing record of 396 km/h (245 mph), and the British Primetime team behind the car believes that 480 km/h (300 mph) could be achieved on further runs.
10 metres long, 1.6 tonnes, and 650 horsepower
The needle-shaped car is 10 metres long, but just 60 centimetres high and 75 cm wide. Thanks to the batteries, it weighs 1.6 tonnes. The car is propelled by a drive inverter and two spindle motors like ones used in industrial tools worldwide.
A parachute from an old Mirage jet plane will be deployed to brake the vehicle before mechanics replace the batteries with a fresh stack so that a return run in the opposite direction can be completed. The second run has to be completed within an hour of the first to meet the record requirements of the FiA, motor sport's governing body.
by battery, the ABB e=motion car combines off-the-shelf technology by
ABB, Exide Technologies and Transmission Developments to create a
vehicle worthy of more than just setting a new world land speed record.
ABB e=motion is a shining example of how currently available technology
can be used for innovative, pro-environment applications. The larger
hope is that such vehicles will pave the way for wider adoption of
electric cars, creating a cleaner, greener and quieter planet!
Cooling fans for drive motor
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