Electric Race Car Prototype Prepped – Range-Extended LeMans Racer Coming Soon

NOV 15 2015 BY MARK KANE 3

KP&T IM/e

KP&T IM/e

Automotive Technology InMotion in the Netherlands is preparing for the 24hours of Le Mans in the ‘Garage 56’ class with a range-extended racer.

While the Le Mans racer isn’t build yet, InMotion presents an all-electric prototype called KP&T IM/e. The electric drivetrain consists of two YASA motors, while the Le Mans racer will be equipped with four motors (and a range-extender so that it will be able to finish the race).

KP&T IM/e is pretty quick with 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in under 3 seconds and a top speed at 285 km/h (177 mph).

“The KP&T IM/e is the first fully in-house developed race car from InMotion. This electric car is a very important milestone for the ultimate goal: participation in the 24 hour of Le Mans.

The KP&T IM/e is used to test and develop several groundbreaking technologies for the Future Le Mans racer. The car features 3D printed titanium parts, active aerodynamics and an electric drivetrain.

Furthermore, the car will be used in attempts to break the electric lap records at dutch Zandvoort track and the Nürburgring Nordschleife.”

The whole project is backed by the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences.

Specifications

Acceleration 0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds
Top speed of 285 km/h
Designed for track records
Usage of materials like carbon-fiber and 3D printed titanium
Total horsepower: 545 bhp
Weight: 658 kg
Power-to-weight ratio: 0.83 bhp/kg”

Revealing the KP&T IM/e (Official Teaser)

[Road to Le Mans] KP&T IM/e unveiling 1/4: Origin

[Road to Le Mans] KP&T IM/e unveiling 2/4: Development

[Road to Le Mans] KP&T IM/e unveiling 3/4: Passion

[Road to Le Mans] KP&T IM/e unveiling 4/4: Event

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3 Comments on "Electric Race Car Prototype Prepped – Range-Extended LeMans Racer Coming Soon"

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I really think Tesla should set up a supercharger in Le Mans and race one of their Teslas there to see how it would rank in the race.

Even supercharging is too slow for endurance race. Battery swapping would be the only realistic way to race a BEV in Le Mans.

And Model S is way too slow for Le Mans anyway. Top speeds on long straights are usually over 200 mph. Stock Model S with 155 mph top speed would be a safety risk for everyone.

I would like to increase the number of alternative fuel cars (not just limited to garage 56) or even to create a new class of racing cars for Le Mans. I want to see a race of ICE against electric even if it will be uneven fight in the initial years. It would be more interesting for me than forced hybridization as seen in F1 and LMP1.