2015 Pikes Peak Winner – eO PP100 Shines In This Year Qualifications (w/videos)

JUN 24 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

eO PP100

eO PP100

Latvian team eO, last year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb winner, returns to Colorado with an upgraded PP100 electric race car.

With an additional YASA electric motor – now seven in total – 3 in the front and 4 in the rear (who doesn’t need 7 motors after all?) that combine to put out a total of 1,190 kW of peak power and also  2,520 Nm of peak torque, make the eO PP100 the favorite again this year, especially after setting the pace by a large margin in qualifiers.

Note:  Several qualifying videos, interviews and mini-docs can be found below

The racing advantage for eO is gained via the PP100’s weight of just 1,218 kg, which gives the team a staggering 1.3 HP/kg ratio.

The weight of the PP100’s closest plug-in rivals stand at some 1,486 kg (recent entry Acura EV Concept based on the NSX) and the 1,553 kg (2016 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One).

It has been decided that Rhys Millen will drive for the eO for the second time after being the winning driver in 2015, especially after a great practice/qualifying session, which has already show the fruits of recent improvements.

50 kWh will be available to climb to the top

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eO PP100 Specification

  • All wheel drive
  • Seven YASA-400 electric motors with eO controllers
  • Peak power 1190 kW / peak torque 2520 Nm
  • 700 V / 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
  • Alcon 6-piston brake calipers and ventilated brake discs Ø380 mm front / Ø380 mm rear
  • Hankook 320/710 R18 slick tyres
  • HRE 13” × 18” wheels
  • Kerb weight 1200 kg
  • Top speed 260 km/h

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10 Comments on "2015 Pikes Peak Winner – eO PP100 Shines In This Year Qualifications (w/videos)"

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Seven motors seem just a tiny little bit excessive to me.

Is the competition limited to 50 kWh or is that just what it needs?

To: “Someone Out There”
Re: 50KwH

there are no rules about battery size.
It’s a balance between power delivery, necessary capacity, and its very sizeable (heavy) addition to the vehicle weight.

They may have elected to use last year’s battery pack, as I understand that last year’s pack was 50KwH. I imagine that for high-output batteries, such a pack could be the most expensive component. I wouldn’t doubt that such a pack might cost 50,000 USD.

Considering the apparent fact that they don’t use carbon brakes, I’m guessing that Drive eO is fairly budget restrained.

Other factors which make me imagine that Drive eO is on a low budget is that the welds on the space frame appear to be those characteristic of aluimnum.

Titanium would seem to have a better weight/strength ratio and I’d imagine that it’d be preferable to aluminum.

The space frame gaps aren’t filled, either (which could be accomplished with brazed foil) and are pretty clear to me that time and money were not spent on perfecting aerodynamics. It seems like a simple thing that would have been attended to with a higher budget.

Eduardo Pelegri-LLopart

Browsing around… it seems its a small team from Latvia. Very impressive.

title says pikes peek. 😀

I think that might refer to Zebulon’s propensity to peek through windows.

No…. can’t be.

Man, that’s got to be the loudest EV I’ve ever heard.

I don’t think anyone would argue that a pedestrian alert sound is needed on that thing (unless he exceeds Mach 1 – which actually seems surprisingly plausible).

I’d love to know what the 0-60 time on that car is! Amazing watching the on-board footage – it seemed sped up at first, then I watched the time countdown… amazing how fast it gets up to speed out of the corners.