Take notice of Quimera Responsible Racing. They are not keen on putting their faces on daily television, nor having an agenda to do weekly interviews. Still, they did get noticed by international media with its carefully engineered and thoroughly tested all-electric GT car. And what brings 2014? The brutal Quimera AEGT Evo2: world’s fastest electric racecar (see pictures).
Many electric motorsport initiatives passed by during the last ten years, but only a few were successful. Some sadly died because dreams were not realistic, were too early or were lacking a solid business approach. Quimera is one of the firms that has done things right so far. The firm, having its roots in Barcelona, builds strategic partnerships, has built powerful electric race monsters and looks at least a decade ahead. And the best is yet to come.
Quimera has secured one of the best partners you could think of. Altran, a global leader in innovation and high-tech engineering consulting, announced in October 2013 to invest 4 million euro of R&D budget to help Quimera aligning its existing vehicles, project pipeline, motorsport programme and global strategic partner programmes with its ‘Excellence Centre for New Automotive’.
Yes, vehicles. Quimera has developed the 525 kw (700bhp) AEGT as mentioned above, but as well as the all-electric drift car (AEDC). A touring car, single-seater and a motorbike are included in its wide range of vehicles and the initial cooperation with the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) still stands to showcase non fossil fuel racing.
Chairman Javier de Rocafort updates ElectricAutosport.com passionately about current developments. “The new AEGT Evo2 is the most brutal electric car on earth. It’s raw, no concessions have been made and has no comfort,” de Rocafort sums up. “The car could do 30 minutes of full power racing at traditional circuits, matching 12 to 15 laps.” Which is sufficient, he adds: “This format is similar to, for example, the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).”
De Rocafort, raised in a family that has its roots in racing and engineering, has taken a different business approach towards developing supercars. Most of the motorsport projects that catches international attention is based on a marketing philosophy, unlike Quimera. “We believe in our approach of the future of mobility and the future of motorsport. We want to understand new technology and we are putting all our efforts in R&D to make a difference,” he explains. One example is a carbon fibre roll case that has been developed and has been proposed to the FIA. In general, Quimera’s technology could be seen in mobility and motorsport in the near future.
Extensive testing is important, certainly when you are dealing with new technologies like all the necessary components in the electric powertrain. “We did extensive testing with our AEGT. Nine drivers including a 24 hours of Le Mans winner and a former Formula 1 driver have driven the car. All were overwhelmed by the capabilities of the vehicle. That underlines our seriousness in our approach. We want to do things well. Speed, overall performance and safety matters. We test new technology to its limit, because we can’t afford taking any risks.”
What’s next? The new AEGT Evo2 is planned for testing near the end of this year, while working on other projects continues. “We want to test a vehicle propelled by synthetic fuel. It is carbon neutral fuel and we can implement this without making much modifications to a vehicle powered by conventional fuel. It will produce a lot of noise too, as the vehicle burns something,” de Rocafort teases.
In addition, we can expect Quimera at public events this summer as it eyes to take part at the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition, which is set for the end of June.