Drive eO announces the arrival of eO PP03, world’s first one megawatt all-electric race car. Designed and built in Latvia, the 1020 kW (1368 hp) powerful vehicle is to compete at the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the United States of America on June 28, 2015. “We want to become the first overall winner with an electric vehicle,” said Kristaps Dambis, project director at Drive eO.

Drive eO is an engineering company specialised in the design and manufacture of electric and hybrid electric prototype vehicles. The eO PP03 is a result of years of development. The Latvian based company was the first to enter and complete the demanding Dakar Rally with a hybrid electric vehicle. This project was followed by the creation of eO PP01, a purpose built fully electric prototype race car to participate at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition. Last year, they were the first to enter this race with a modified Tesla Roadster.

The newly created all-wheel drive eO PP03 has a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and is propelled by six YASA-400 electric motors with in-house developed eO controllers. This package provides a peak power of an impressive 1020 kW, peak torque of 2160 Nm and could reach 260 km/h. The kerb weight is targeted at just 1200 kg.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor racing event in the United States of America. The race is run on a challenging twenty-kilometre (12.42 mile) course with 156 turns. It begins at 2,792 metre (9,160 feet) and finishes at the 4,301 metre (14,110 feet) summit of the Pikes Peak mountain in Colorado Springs.

Kristaps Dambis, project director at Drive eO, said: “We are hugely excited about building world’s first one megawatt electric race car. We have built the car from the ground up and the majority of the components and design has been constructed in-house. We know that racing with a state- of-the-art vehicle comes along with new challenges, but we are well prepared after our Dakar Rally adventure and two previous participations in the race at Pikes Peak. With great pride we’ll soon present the vehicle to the public and hopefully it will surprise everyone. Winning the event is our goal.”

The eO PP03 is currently being assembled at the workshop in Ogresgala Pagasts, near Latvia’s capital city Riga, and is expected to undergo first testing in May. The experienced driver piloting the one megawatt electric race car will be announced in April. The race takes place on Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Colorado Springs, USA.

eO PP03 technical specifications:

  • All wheel drive
  • Six YASA-400 electric motors with eO controllers
  • Peak power 1020 kW / peak torque 2160 Nm
  • 50 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with BMS
  • Single reduction gear / limited slip axle differentials
  • Steel tubular spaceframe with carbon fibre body
  • Electrically assisted power steering
  • 4-way adjustable shock absorbers
  • Ventilated brake discs Ø378 mm front / Ø330 mm rear
  • 320/710 R18 slick tyres / 13” × 18” wheels
  • Kerb weight: 1200 kg
  • Top speed: 260 km/h

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I dunno about this car. 1020kW motor but only a 50kWh battery. That gives less than three minutes of full power before the battery pack is depleted. Assuming no time for acceleration and using the stated top speed of 260kph that is 13km, but the course is over 20km long, and the car will be going up hill. So clearly they won’t be using the full power of the car. And it’s HEAVY! 1200kg/2600lbs. Extra weight for the extra motors they won’t be able to use anyway.

    I like the approach that Entropy Racing has taken with their Electric Vehicle Sports Racer (EVSR). Battery and motor sized to compliment each other in a (relatively) lightweight package. They have proven their top speed (140mph/225kph) at Pocono Raceway, and they sustained that for multiple laps, all without resorting to multiple motors. (I’m not knocking the YASA motor; it’s a good motor, I just don’t understand why the PP03 needs 6 of them. EVSR uses 2 motors direct driving the rear wheels – simple, elegant, and it works).

    • That’s now how this works. That’s not how ANY of this works.

      A Tesla Model S P85D has 515kW worth of electric motors and a 85kWh battery pack. By your logic, it would drain in 165 seconds of full power. Assuming no time for acceleration and using its rated top speed of 155mph, that’s 7.1 miles… a far cry from its EPA rated 253 mile range, don’t you think?

      • Clearly I misunderstand something, as your counter example demonstrates. Is my assumption that a 1020kW motor would use at least 1020kW of power at full power incorrect? Or does a battery rating of 50kWH not mean an output of 50kW for one hour? Is the problem that the kW units on the motor are units of work and the kWH units on the battery are units of (I’m not sure I know what they are units of. Capacity?)
        More importantly, will the PP03 be able to make it up the hill at full chat? I suspect that EVSR can, given that they have gone 72 miles on a single charge

        • You’re correct that it would use that *at full power* (plus a few % for losses to heat, friction, etc). But cars almost never use full power. Even if you held down the accelerator, the car will quickly trail off how much power is being used. Do a search for “tesla dyno” and check out the charts of the power curve. At 100mph they are producing 1/4 the power – and it only takes about 10 seconds to hit that. For electric motors, the faster the motor is spinning, the less torque it can provide.

          At full-speed (say 155mph, or 260kph/160mph, or whatever) the limit is not that the motor is at ‘full power’. There is a whole lot that goes into that limit – how fast your tires can rotate before they shred themselves apart, how fast the transmission can turn, or the RPM limit of the motor, just to name a few.

          Imagine a person on a bike. Lets say they produce 1hp, and they’re riding pretty fast, but they come to a steep hill. The hill is so steep they can’t hardly move their legs – they lack the torque to get up the hill. So we give them a lower gear ratio, now they can accelerate and get up the hill no problem – but much slower than when they were on flat ground. Then they get to the top of the hill, and it gets really easy to peddle. Too easy – they can’t peddle any faster, so they ride much slower than before on flat ground. Notice that we didn’t change the rider – they can still produce 1hp, but that power peaks at say 100rpm, and is much less at 10rpm or 500rpm.

          The Tesla Model S uses about 300-350Wh to drive one mile, averaged under normal driving conditions. Going up a hill makes it more, accelerating makes it more, driving faster makes it more. 50kWh / 12 miles = 4kWh per mile… That seems completely doable to me.

  2. No need for such a complicated explanation. Yes it would drain very quickly flat out but even in a race car you don’t have your foot to the floor the whole time, especially not with 1300hp. Only a fraction of the course will be spent at full throttle.

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