Drive eO PP03 Pikes Peak Racer Cranks Out 1020 kW
Latvian racing team Drive eO announced its return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a new car – the first one with a Megawatt power!
The vehicle, called eO PP03, has 1020 kW (1368 hp) and 2160 Nm of torque, which with weight of 1,200 kg (2,645 lbs) translates to nearly 1.2 HP/kg.
To crank out 1020 kWs, Drive eO puts inside eO PP03 six electric motors YASA-400.
The goal for 28 June at Pikes Peak is simple – win not only among electric cars, but overall. Promises to be great fun.
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
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
Here is first racer, the eO PP01: