Regardless of fanatic points with EVs, Alejandro Agag—the founding father of System E—desires to ensure that the form of titanic clashes between human and machine continues effectively previous the inner combustion engine’s curtain name. He’s an fanatic at coronary heart and his newest enterprise has us at consideration and able to strap on our helmets. Meet the rally-ready Odyssey 21.
Debuting on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity, the Odyssey 21 is the primary growth automotive for Agag’s hopefully forthcoming Excessive E off-road racing collection. The Odyssey 21 was inbuilt conjunction by Spark Racing Expertise, the Fred Vasseur-led firm which backed System E since its introduction in 2012, in addition to partnered with Erik Buell for his new all-electric bike firm; in addition to Williams Superior Engineering, which just lately partnered with Lotus to construct its electrical hypercar; and Continental Tires. On account of that three-way partnership, the Odyssey 21 prototype’s spec checklist belies a racecar that’s able to deal with all kinds of environs.
Powering the Odyssey 21 is a Williams Superior Engineering battery growing 550 horsepower and able to sending the three,630-pound race buggy to 62 miles per hour in simply four.5 seconds. But, in contrast to its gasoline-powered cousins, the Odyssey 21 can clip 62 mph whereas it climbs a 56-degree incline. That’s a significantly spectacular feat. The tubular body is a niobium-reinforced metal alloy with a further roll cage to offer the driving force with all the security they might ask for.
As you’d count on from a Dakar-esque rally racecar, the suspension on the Odyssey 21 is made to take a beating. Three-way adjustable mono-dampers are locked right into a double-wishbone design in any respect 4 corners and provides the Odyssey 21 15-inches of journey. There are additionally hydraulic bump and rebound stops, in addition to six-piston Alcon brake calipers to halt the Odyssey 21’s vigorous momentum.
Differentiation between the automobiles for potential automakers was additionally thought of, as Agag intends his Excessive E collection to be much like DTM, Le Mans, and IMSA by way of manufacturer-led help. In keeping with the corporate, the bottom of the Odyssey 21 racecar may be outfitted with an automaker’s personal electrical drivetrain and fasten “choose areas of bodywork, such because the engine cowl, entrance and rear bumpers, aspect skirt, and lights in a bid to copy [its] on a regular basis automotive fashions.”
The Odyssey 21’s designer Théophile Gouzin, who’s additionally the Technical Director of Spark Racing Expertise and the person who designed the System E Gen1 and Gen2 automotive, stated, “Our problem was to construct a automotive that might face all of the variations in floor and terrain that will probably be thrown its method, which is able to embody gravel, rock, mud, ice, snow, water and sand, too. Straight out-of-the-box in Season 1, the ODYSSEY 21 and its efficiency goes to be very spectacular, exceeding the facility and torque of World Rally Championship and rally raid automobiles. The numbers are mind-blowing, actually.”
Whereas Excessive E remains to be in its infancy, the proposed setup and racing are pretty much like that of the present guidelines of World Rallycross. As such, “Excessive E will use a standard round-robin format with two teams of six groups—with the highest 4 progressing to the knock-out stage and every driver going head-to-head to earn a spot within the ultimate.” And phases will probably be anyplace between six and ten kilometers in size. As for the tracks, Excessive E is trying to spotlight among the most lovely and climate-change threatened areas of our planet. Locations the place racing couldn’t have been achieved with conventional motorsports, i.e. the Amazonian rain forest and Arctic Circle.
In contrast to each different racing collection ever, Excessive E’s base of operations would be the RMS St. Helena, a ship that would be the residence to the groups, garages, hospitality, and have broadcast capabilities for international broadcast. Nevertheless, Excessive E nonetheless has the monumental job of turning into a actuality and sticking round as few upstart racing collection really survive.
It’s tough to develop the form of lasting model cache of older championships. But, the local weather that gave rise to turbocharged 1,000 horsepower monsters and spine-tingling wails, is altering. Electrification has been pushed to the forefront and collection like System E has made nice strides into the general public’s consciousness. This success has led to Agag’s perception that electrical off-road racing will probably be simply as profitable, if no more.
Talking forward of the Odyssey 21’s Goodwood debut, Agag stated, “The Odyssey 21 is in contrast to anything in motorsport. The cutting-edge expertise our industry-leading companions have employed in its design and development has resulted in a surprising automotive, able to the very best efficiency within the hardest and most assorted environments on the planet. Including, “Excessive E’s mixture of top-level sporting competitors and ultra-demanding environments may also show to be a major analysis and growth platform for producers, driving additional developments in sustainable mobility. Whether or not it’s within the Arctic, Himalayas, Amazon, Desert or on Indian Ocean Islands, this automotive will showcase the power of E-SUVs, not solely to motorsport fans but additionally to shoppers who need to make their very own distinction to the planet by selecting an electrical SUV.”
Testing of the Odyssey 21 will start this September and Excessive E is hoping that the primary 12 automobiles from Spark Racing Expertise to be delivered by March of 2020. The outfit additionally has its fingers crossed for a primary race to happen in early 2021.