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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Battery Electric GT Car to race at Le Mans?

Swiss company GreenGT have released CGI pictures of a battery powered sports prototype race car they intend to enter in the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour.

Designed by five students from the CCi du Valenciennois school, it will feature a fiberglass body on a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis. The vehicle’s twin 100-kw electric motors will provide around 350 to 400hp of power that will push the vehicle from 0-60mph in around 4 seconds.

Technical details are extremely brief and make no mention of battery capacity, recharge times or range at race speeds. While we agree hybrids such as the Toyota Supra HV-R and Peugeot 908 Hybrid have a great future at endurance races like Le Mans where the ability to make fewer pit stops could prove and unbeatable advantage, we think battery electric cars would be best suited to Rallycross or short sprint races where maximum acceleration is a larger component of winning races than at 24 hour races.

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