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Quimera, IMSA and ALMS aim to launch international Electric Vehicle motorsport series in 2013

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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
  • Chassis, powertrain & prototype by Quimera
  • Technical supervision by Altran
  • Carbon fibre monocoque chassis
  • 450-700 bhp
  • 300 km/h
  • 0-100 km/h in 3s
  • Torque: 1,000+ N·m
  • 4800 mm long / 2000 mm width
  • Lithium Polymer EIG (S. Korea) battery packs
  • Three 231 bhp UQM electric motors
  • 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.

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    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.

    Comments

    HarveyD

    An excellent way to reduce very high noise and air pollution. Those e-racing cars will improve every 3 years or so as batteries get more energy density and power.

    Loren Dalain

    Quimera project is a bluff project during most than one year. Designed by Altran and another non-specialist, to take public money from government and private investors to produce an unnecesary and non-innovative vehicle. Also they haven´t prove their model is functional. On the other step Lola Drayson Vehicle is really innovative (New Materials and Chemistry) and necessary on future of motorsport. Quimera is a waste of public money.

    mahonj

    Power is no problem - energy is.
    How will they manage refueling - battery swaps ?

    Or, they may develop batteries which can only be recharged (say) 10 times; fine for racing, but not much use for the daily commute.
    (Or non-rechargeable ones).

    Also noise - I would have thought that silent racing would be rather a dull experience - it will be like watching formula 1 with the sound off - not quite right.

    Anyway, good luck to them and lets see what develops.

    ai_vin

    I remember that when I was a kid my dad use to build slot cars for competitive racing. Every sunday we would go downtown to a commercial track and race. Believe me, not having all that noise did not make it a dull experience.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHbXxV1PKic

    kelly

    Without battery swaps, lap times would fade, not to mention lo-o-ng pit times.

    With battery swaps, there would be much innovation, besides 'keep/switch' battery strategy.

    DaveD

    Kelly,
    I don't think battery swap is good because it lets them off the hook for progressing battery tech faster.

    They can get enough range to run 25 minute sprint races right now, even 2 or 3 of them the way some other series do today with their ICE racers.

    They could increase the distance by 15% every year and by 2020 they would be doing about the same length of races as their ICE counterparts.

    I'm for pushing battery tech to help improve the breed for consumers. I don't think battery swapping is going to work except in fleet vehicles so I'm not as excited about using that in racing.

    JRP3

    Induction charging might allow recharging on the fly.

    Lucas

    How about full-scale Slot cars?

    kelly

    DaveD, energy density(less weight) will keep pushing the battery tech. Battery swap will innovate range, vehicle configuration.. what if.. who knows..

    HarveyD

    Good test beds for new batteries.

    baldwincng

    This is a great way to increase demand for coal and natural gas to make the extra electricity.

    A D

    Im for that but they should only recharge with solar panels and do battery swapping for a free-fuel , non-polluting complete race events. Go to that race event and insist that they recharge with solar instead of coal or nat-gas electricity. If they say something weird then say it's me that say that. I won't buy a bev, race or commuter, if i cannot recharge with solar panels or windmills. Bevs are as much important as solar power. Also insist that your plugged bev can accumulate solar power during the day and reverse the current at night to power the house so you won't need dirty coal electricity. Technologically there is no need actually in california for conventionnal dirty source of electricity. Just sell solar panels connected to buffer electricity in bev. Also do some hydrogen too with excess solar power to power fuelcell cars and suvs and the hydrogen will be burned in central electrical power=plants at night for free fuel non-polluting whatsoever.

    DaveD

    Kelly,

    Yes, I assume that they placed those batteries in the Quimera in the positions along the side so they could do battery swap.

    It will be interesting to see what they do. And you're right, it will cause some interesting strategies. Imagine trying to decide whether you take that extra pit stop to change batteries or rapid charge...or taking a chance that you can limp home under reduced power.

    Unlike ICE cars, you don't suddenly run out of gas, you get a voltage drop and the power starts to drop and you're limping along, trying to finish that last lap.

    DaveD

    baldwincng,

    I'm not sure how to interpret your comments.

    Are they genuine and you're saying this is a good thing because coal and NG are American sourced fuels? Or are you being sarcastic and saying this is bad because coal and NG are fossil fuels and therefore this is bad because they pollute?

    kelly

    Actually, I think the Quimera AEGT prototype is gorgeous and, if the price were right, I think could tie a bag of dirty clothes to the back spoiler on laundry days:>)

    DaveD

    Kelly,

    Agreed! That Quimera AEGT is pure sexy! I think the guys over at Gas2.org described the Drayson/Lola LMP1 type car the best: War Machine :-)

    Ash

    Those packs look like they can be very quickly swapped to me.

    3PeaceSweet

    You could have good race days with several shorter races rather than one longer one. Gives you chance to run several different classes of vehicles too.

    ai_vin

    3PS, I'd go to race day to see that.

    DaveD

    Yes, I like the format of 2-3 sprint races. I like the format they do in GP2 as they lead up to the F1 races. One medium length race followed by a sprint race where they reverse the starting order in some way for the second race.
    Gives you a chance to see which cars qualify well and get more points in the first race, then see which drivers can actually navigate traffic in the sprint race as they start from the back for slightly less total points.

    Reel$$

    Coal, NG, oil, - ancient history. Energy without combustion - present history.

    Quimeraproject

    Loren Dalain
    Although we think is a total waste of time trying to correct someone acting is such bad faith as you do, we have to explain to the rest of the serious and well informed persons in this post about the incredible lies and silly affirmations in your post.
    Obviously, you know not even one single correct word about Quimera. Quimera has been since inception funded by private capital. Not even one single euro or dollar of public money has been entered into the capital of the company nor has it received one single subsidy.
    Second, the car we have already presented publicly is an up-and-running car. If you were an average person we'll be delighted to invite you to test drive it. As it seems this is not the case, we have handled it to some pretty decent pro-drivers like Jordi Gené, Borja Veiga, Pepe Oriola or Michael Nikjaer to name a few.
    And we don't consider you're an average person because your bad faith can only be such due to very few reasons: somehow you feel yourself jeopardized for what we have already been able to achieve, because of the strength of our partners, because our capacity to ACT not just speak or because we are not in the lets-show-some-renders/show cars business ourselves.
    We challenge you to find one single car out there with the same capacities we have ALREADY PROVED in ours: 170mph, 12minutes range (with half battery pack) in the existing limited revving config we are using now during the shakedown (sure you don't know what shakedown in racing means, this is the process in which REAL race cars enter to improve and fine tune their capacities BEFORE racing them).
    600.000 viewers have seen our videos through direct links and other channels since August 2011.
    If you were really interested in knowing about the company just google it and you'll get several thousands of results. No big deal.
    Now, why are you posting such incredibly unfounded lies? Why would anyone act in such bad faith? Just for the shake of it? Don't think so. Because someone is in the desperate need to grab 15 secs of supposed "glory"? Might be the case. Honestly, we don't know the reasons behing such an awful behaviour but it's a total shame.
    And Paul Drayson happens to be a good friend of ours. And we know his project pretty well since inception. You are evidencing, again, that you don't know one single word about Lola-Drayson's project either.
    As said, a totally shameful post.
    For the rest of the persons, even for those with a well founded critical or skeptical approach to our project or to non fossil fuel based racing, our most sincere thanks. All kind of inputs are valuable when well founded and intelligently evidenced and we very much appreciate and welcome them.
    Quimera_team

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