Lola-Drayson B12 race car: a green formula on the race tracks
If you are unsure about electric vehicles, then let the Lola-Drayson Le Mans car change your mind.
Last month at the 2012 Low Carbon Racing Conference, the electric-powered Le Mans prototype racing car Lola-Drayson B12/69EV was unveiled.
A joint venture of Drayson Racing Technologies and Lola Cars, this piece of technological innovation is set to become the fastest electric car in the world with the ability of reaching a 200mph speed on the tracks.
The prototype that is the Lola-Drayson includes unique design features, is lighter and faster, enabling it to pull up to 100mph in 5.1 seconds.
On top of that, the electric vehicle has some nifty features that will scare potential rivals at the launch of the FIA Formula E in 2013. Inductive charging, movable aerodynamics and electrical regenerative damping included, the race for success is something Lola and Drayson have their eyes firmly fixed on.
Comparatively lightweight, a carbon fibre body and with a 850 horse power, the Lola-Drayson team sees it as a winning formula in a race that is all about endurance and speed.
Drayson and Lola have developed the electric race car with a smart “structural battery”, courtesy of British defense firm BAE Systems. A structural battery is basically a combination of battery chemistry and composite materials that once put together is capable of taking 3D forms, turning the car’s bodywork into an energy source, and therefore reducing weight.
“Structural batteries can be used in virtually anything that requires electricity from small gadgets to entire vehicles,” said Alex Parfitt, BAE capability technology leader for materials. “It can not only support our soldiers on the frontline, but also revolutionize technology in the consumer market by allowing more efficient, elegant and lighter designs.”
It is not the first time that BAE has incorporated this technology, but it is a first on a commercial level. Used in their drones, flashlights and electrical devices, soldiers are saving weight when carrying their traditional 176 pound backpack.
The electric motors are powered by the usual lithium ion batteries, but onboard electronics and headlights will rely on the structural battery. That is not all though, the car’s shock absorbers are designed to collect power from the suspension movements.
The development could break new records on international race tracks. A major breakthrough for green technology, this dynamic body is one to look out for on next year’s racing tracks.