|Quimera all-electric GT prototype. Click to enlarge.|
Strategic sustainability project specialists Quimera, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) are collaborating to develop an international Electric Vehicle motorsport series.
Beginning this year, the partners will take steps to prepare investors, the general public, media, sponsors and other interested parties for the impending series, with the goal of being ready to launch the EV series by 2013. The clean technology professional motorsport championship will include various categories and remain open to any OEMs desiring to showcase and develop their own green credentials in a cost-controlled environment.
For Quimera, this project is not simply confined to developing environmentally friendly cars that will offer an insight into the future of motorsport. It also concerns encouraging the dramatic shift soon to occur in the way the industry has operated up until now. More important than the act of car racing is how we actively evolve and prepare the future for coming generations. In this regard, our partnership with IMSA and the American Le Mans Series allows us to investigate and better understand the potential applications of these new technologies in the toughest possible environment—and in one of the largest automotive consumer markets in the world, the USA.—Javier de Rocafort, Quimera Chairman of the Board
|Quimera AEGT 1st prototype specs|
Initially, a version of the Quimera AEGT All-Electric GT car (earlier post) is expected to debut in demonstration runs at selected American Le Mans Series race events in 2012. While the championship is expected to begin in the US at races run in conjunction with the ALMS, a clear international scope has already been outlined with the intention to invite any national governing body, promoter or country from around the world to join this ground-breaking motorsport project.
By embracing the “cleantech concept”, the championship is also looking to include motorcycles as part of its event roster. Quimera can count on the support of the TTXGP World Championship, currently the world’s leading international electric series, as evaluations continue into the possibility of hosting joint-race weekends.This will ensure an event that features clean technology on two wheels as well as four, helping significant commercial and technical benefits to be realized for all stakeholders concerned, according to the partners.
|Quimera AEGT. Click to enlarge.|
IMSA and Quimera’s partnership is expected to develop further by empowering R&D activities with both new and existing technologies, therefore emphasizing motorsport’s essential role as a test bed for the automotive sector, technology transfer and other key potential applications. A key goal of this joint venture is to establish a series operating at the very forefront of motorsport’s clean technology development.
Initial categories under consideration:
GT. The organizers are considering two GT categories: all-electric GT (AEGT) (525 kw – 700bhp); and Touring GT (300kw – 390bhp). The AEGT category is represented by the Quimera AEGT, featuring a powertrain up to 600 kW with carbon fiber chassis. Homologation requires no minimum cars to be manufactured while the category will also allow for inventive bodywork design.
Quimera is current building Touring GT prototypes. This is an open category with all OEMs invited, although multiple single class OEM championships will be considered (discussions taking place). Powertrain up to 350kw with carbon or tubular chassis. Homologation requires no minimum cars to be manufactured.
(Series organizers are currently negotiating an initiation series to be based on slightly modified road legal cars with a powertrain up to 150 kW. This is intended as an OEM showcase for current EV consumer technology and provides a dynamic platform for the introduction to non-fossil fuel-based race series.)
Open Wheel. F3 type (300kw – 390bhp). Formulec has spent the past two years designing, developing and testing its EF01, a 100% electric single-seater racing car which will lay the foundations for an open category adhering to rules and regulations. Powertrain up to 350 kW with carbon fiber chassis.
Shortly an F1-spec car will be launched offering a full compliment of categories.
Others. The partners are currently in discussion with two potential partners for an LMP type; specifications are yet to be finalized. Another potential category is Drifting (170 kW-220bhp), represented by the prototype Quimera/Letteriello All Electric Drift Car-AEDC01. Powertrain up to 250 kW.
TTXGP. The TTXGP World Championship will expand its format to include more classes and different race formats.