GKN Driveline partnered with three of the seven racing teams—including the winner—in the electric division of the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 30 June. GKN EVO eDrive Systems’ eMotor powered Team APEV to victory in the electric division of the race. Despite the wet weather conditions, veteran Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima completed the course in 9.46.530 minutes, setting a new electric record in the Monster sport eRunner.
The race is run on a 12.42-mile (20 km) course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet (2,862 meters) and finishes at the 14,110-foot (4,301 meters) summit of Pikes Peak.
|2013 eRunner at Pikes Peak. Source: Team APEV. Click to enlarge.|
The 2013 eRunner features GKN EVO axial flux motor technology (twin, liquid-cooled eMotors) which offers outstanding power and torque density. Michael Lamperth, Chief Technical Officer of GKN EVO eDrive Systems, supported the team during the week long preparations in Colorado.
The winning racer was powered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, MLiX Lithium-ion batteries.
Second place went to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, driven by Hiroshi Masuoka. The GKN Driveline Multiplate Limited Slip Differential (LSD) fitted in the front and rear axle of the EV-4AWD gave better control on the bends and prevented the vehicle from slipping on the wet track.
For the second year, GKN partnered last year’s winner Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), supplying two eMotors, one to power each rear wheel. This year the TMG EV P002, driven by Rod Millen, achieved fourth place in the electric class.
GKN Driveline is a leading global supplier of automotive driveline components and systems. In 2011 GKN Driveline entered into a partnership with EVO Electric, a UK-based leader in advanced electric drive solutions. This new venture—GKN EVO eDrive Systems—enables GKN Driveline to manufacture and sell electric motors and integrated eDrive systems, based on EVO’s axial flux motor technology, for use in hybrid and all-electric vehicles.