GreenGT – first electric LeMans racer?

GreenGT – first electric LeMans racer?

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This year’s 24 Hours of LeMans is sure to be an epic race where the latest automotive technology is put to the test. But what about future LeMans racers, what will they look like? If the GreenGT concept can gets its act together in time for the 2011 race, the Switzerland-based firm could be the first to unleash a fully electric race car.

Created by French designer Thomas Clavet, the GreenGT design study seeks to revolutionise the face of motorsport with a FIA-certified EV made up of a carbon fibre chassis and a fibreglass body. How it all works in theory is a pair of 100 kW water-cooled electric motors are mated to a gearbox, which sends a large amount of power to a set of magnesium OZ wheels wrapped in race-ready slicks.

The GreenGT closed-cockpit racer should develop between 350 and 450 hp and an amazing 1,475 lb-ft of torque up to 140 kph, then reduced to 590 lb-ft to help maintain high-speed traction. According to GreenGT the racer will reach 100 kph in under four seconds and on to a top speed of 275 kph. Power is supposedly drawn into two lithium-ion batteries through a set of solar panels. The plan is to bring two GreenGTs to LeMans in 2011, and to produce 22 road-going models within the next three years. Watch this space to see how GreenGT’s ambitious plan works out.

GreenGT fq

This year’s 24 Hours of LeMans is sure to be an epic race where the latest automotive technology is put to the test. But what about future LeMans racers, what will they look like? If the GreenGT concept can gets its act together in time for the 2011 race, the Switzerland-based firm could be the first to unleash a fully electric race car.

Created by French designer Thomas Clavet, the GreenGT design study seeks to revolutionise the face of motorsport with a FIA-certified EV made up of a carbon fibre chassis and a fibreglass body. How it all works in theory is a pair of 100 kW water-cooled electric motors are mated to a gearbox, which sends a large amount of power to a set of magnesium OZ wheels wrapped in race-ready slicks.

The GreenGT closed-cockpit racer should develop between 350 and 450 hp and an amazing 1,475 lb-ft of torque up to 140 kph, then reduced to 590 lb-ft to help maintain high-speed traction. According to GreenGT the racer will reach 100 kph in under four seconds and on to a top speed of 275 kph. Power is supposedly drawn into two lithium-ion batteries through a set of solar panels. The plan is to bring two GreenGTs to LeMans in 2011, and to produce 22 road-going models within the next three years. Watch this space to see how GreenGT’s ambitious plan works out.

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