Video: SRI EV1 Electric Competes in Off-Road Mexican 1,000 Race
1,000 miles of desert.
750 pound-feet of torque.
Top speed of 125 mph.
Battery capacity of 82 kWh.
Battery pack weight of 1,950 pounds.
60 miles of off-road, pedal-to-the-metal range.
Yes, it’s a beast of a machine and it’s the work of the Strategic Recovery Institute (SRI): a California-based non-profit focused on sustainable design.
Inspiration for SRI EV1 came from U.S. Army Lt. Gen James Pillsbury (Ret) who asked teams to “Design, build and race an all-electric car in the 2012 SCORE Baja 1000.” The General was seeking a solution to the US military’s foreign-theater-operations fuel bill, which he says comes in at roughly $400 per gallon.
The result, for SRI, was the off-road, go-anywhere EV1.
Team SRI is currently racing the EV1 at the NOORA Mexican 1000, which runs from April 27 through May 1.
The “refueling” issue for such a lengthy event has been “solved” by SRI’s trailer-mounted Perkins Diesel generator, which recharges the EV1 in five hours.
What’s truly amazing is that this 5,000-pound machine show no signs on being burdened by its electricness. It tackles all of the terrain thrown in its way and is only stopped when its juice runs out.