|Rendering of the AEGT Evo2. Click to enlarge.|
Altran and Quimera have signed a new agreement to invest in their continued development and construction of vehicles to achieve better performance while significantly reducing environmental impact.
One of the key commitments outlined by Altran and Quimera to deliver tangible results for this new endeavor will be for Altran to enhance its Excellence Centre for New Automotive—the hub of the Altran Group’s projects focused on innovation and electric vehicle development. The center, with an R&D budget of €4 million (US$5.4 million) will now benefit from Quimera aligning its existing vehicles, project pipeline, motor sports program and global strategic partner programs with the center.
Altran and Quimera will initially focus on their respective teams and capacities in the research and development of bespoke technologies and solutions, and the innovative application of available technologies to be tested in a motor sport environment.
|The original GT-AEGT. Click to enlarge.|
As a key step, Altran and Quimera will immediately present their new project vehicles to follow the path set up by vehicles such as the All Electric GT-AEGT, presented in January 2012 at the Autosport International Show held in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Center and the All Electric Drift Car-AEDC, presented in July 2012 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The AEGT all-electric GT racing car designed, built and tested in extreme conditions by Quimera, with technical supervision by Altran, features a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, and a powertrain delivering up to 700 bhp (522 kW). Three 231 bhp (172 kW) UQM electric motors deliver torque of more than 1,000 N·m (738 lb-ft). Top speed is 300 km/h (186 mph), with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds. The racer uses high power Lithium Polymer EIG (S. Korea) battery packs.
This new set of vehicles will start with the introduction of the new AEGT Evo2, designed in collaboration with Dutch designer Sabino Leerentveld, the first of a new breed of non-fossil powered race cars based on a full electric power train.
After almost three years of our partnership in several strategic and technology development projects, now it is time to boost them increasing the resources that Altran is dedicating to the development of the Quimera Responsible Racing Vehicles. This partnership is aligned with our strategy to evolve our internal R&D program. QRR [Quimera Responsible Racing] projects combine our passions for racing technologies and sustainability.—Alfonso Martinez, COO Altran Spain and CEO Altran Middle East
QRR is a global endeavor led by Quimera and Altran that aims to develop further and empower R&D activities within new and existing technologies, emphasizing motor sport’s role as a test bed for the automotive sector, technology transfer and other key potential applications. A key goal of this endeavor is to establish a groundbreaking race series operating at the forefront of motor sport’s clean technology development.