Illuminati Motor Works (IMW) “Seven”
The Latest episode of Translogic was devoted to Illuminati Motor Works (IMW) “Seven” from Illinois, the all-electric car that a few years ago participated in the Automotive X-Prize.
This strange looking vehicle is designed with aerodynamics in mind and the result is 207.5 MPGe - more than twice the number for Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF.
Low drag helps to achieve more than 200 miles of range from just a 33 kWh battery pack (LiFePO4 type).
The Seven took second place in Automotive X-Prize and didn't win the $10 million top prize, which would've helped to offset the cost of $200,000 (including $110,000 in parts and materials alone).
Such a unique car must have unique doors - two pairs of Falcon-style doors, but there are more unusual solutions like four steering wheels.
0-60 in 6.2 seconds and 130 mph top speed comes from AC induction liquid cooled electric motor feed from 100 kW inverter.
After the Automotive X-Prize competition ended, Seven spent his retirement for educational purposes.