New Excessive E electrical SUV racer launched at Goodwood

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Spark Odyssey21 launches world electrically powered off-road racing sequence, based in partnership with System E

An electrical off-road racing sequence, referred to as Excessive E, has been introduced at Goodwood, together with the automotive that can characteristic in it.

The sequence, created in partnership with System E and its founders and set to start in 2021, is described as “a radical new racing sequence that can spotlight the impression of local weather change on among the world’s most fragile ecosystems and promote the adoption of electrical automobiles to assist protect the surroundings”.

The ‘E-SUV’ unveiled at this time earlier than making an attempt the Goodwood hillclimb is named the Odyssey21. Mentioned to be constructed to resist the harshest situations around the globe, it makes use of a niobium-reinforced metal alloy tubular body, crash construction and roll cage, plus excessive winter and summer season tyres equipped by Continental.

Its electrical motors put out a peak of 542bhp, taking the 1650kg SUV from Zero-62mph in four.5sec “at gradients of as much as 130%”. Particulars of the battery are but to be revealed, however we all know it’s being produced by Williams Superior Engineering. 

The Odyssey21 would be the base automotive used within the sequence, however groups will likely be allowed to check and develop their very own powertrain and alter facets of the bodywork, for instance if they need the automotive to copy a manufacturing mannequin as a part of a manufacturing facility workforce. 

The technical director of Spark Racing Know-how, the builder of the Odyssey21, claims it could possibly stand up to “gravel, rock, mud, ice, snow, water and sand” thanks to very large 940mm wheels. He additionally factors out that the automotive’s energy and torque figures exceed these of World Rally Championship racers. 

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Testing of the prototype will get underway in September, with 12 vehicles attributable to be delivered to unnamed groups in March subsequent yr. Group testing will start quickly after, earlier than the primary race in early 2021. 

Learn extra:

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System E to return to UK with partly indoor observe


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