The two men who introduced Tesla electric vehicles to Australia have teamed up to develop a high-performance electric-powered race car for international exhibition and racing in Europe and Asia.
Internode founder Simon Hackett, who bought Australia’s first Tesla Roadster in 2009 and Rudi Tuisk, Tesla Australia’s former director and key global motorsport protagonist, aim to put their first electric race cars on the track later this year.
Sydney-based Rudi has been the architect and technical director behind the design for this exciting new class of electric racing while Simon has provided seven-figure bootstrap funding to get teh concept on the starting grid.
Simon Hackett said Australia could play a key role in designing and engineering high performance electric vehicles. “Electric vehicles represent a sunrise industry in which Australia can be a real leader,” he said.
“Australia has convenient proximity to Asia for cell supply and access to innovative and exceptionally talented engineers. As we’re saying goodbye to Toyota, Ford and Holden assembly plants, Australia has the opportunity to embrace and invest in EV technology that can underpin new local manufacturing in coming decades.”
eV Race Systems is a start-up company established by Rudi Tuisk who is a pioneer in the global EV motorsport industry. At the heard of his plans is the development and delivery of a purpose-designed electric race car with the power and performance to demonstrate the ability of EVs to perform at the highest level of global motorsport.
However a preliminary design has not been revealed yet, the 1000 kg eV Race Systems car with 400 kW and 800 Nm torque will accelerate from a standing start to 200 km/h in less than eight seconds.
Rudi, who was Tesla Motors’ Chief Technician in Europe and Asia Pacific during his five years with the revolutionary company, said eV Race Systems aimed to deliver a ‘rule-breaking race car’. “At Tesla, we pushed the boundaries of EV technology in many environments and race circuits. At eV Race Systems, we’re out to develop and deliver the most exciting race car to drive and the most exciting race car to watch,” he said.
“To use motorsport as an emotional lever, you need a car that’s very fast, convincing and extremely exciting; action packed! We’ve spent the past year designing just such a vehicle, with some of the best engineers in the world. We are very exciting by the data we are seeing right now.”
The next step for eV Race Systems is the multi-million-dollar development of three to five prototype cars for demonstration in events later this year. Something similar is happening in Spain were Quimera develops green mean machines.
Source: eV Race Systems / ElectricAutosport.com