Electric racing competition could be seen on tracks in the United States soon. Entropy Racing has successfully developed electric race cars and has the ambition to scale up to a full electric racing series. Electric racing for everyone? It might happen sooner than most think.
Many electric prototypes have been built and records are being broken, but only a few vehicles are being raced. Entropy Racing wants to change that by demonstrating the abilities of the EVSR #2 electric race car.
From June 26-29, Tim O’Niel – a previous hill record holder – will be driving the EVSR #02 during Subaru’s Climb to the Clouds at Mt. Washington. This is the first time an electric car will be competing at Mt. Washington in its 104 year history. On July 26, EVSR will make history by racing two identical electric racecars in a sprint race.
Entropy Racing’s electric race car went from concept to completion in under 3 months. Alternative fuel projects have been peeking over the horizon for the past few years. Entropy Racing considered options from diesel to hybrids, but ultimately settled on electric power. Electric power is cutting-edge and addresses many of the concerns the public has with both motorsports and with cars in general.
Entropy Racing was looking for a fresh, cutting edge project that would raise the bar and allowed them to show their skills and abilities. “Our goal was to create an electric race car capable of competing with gasoline cars in full length sprint races which is something that nobody has done previously”, explains Charlie Greenhaus, owner of Entropy Racing. “The technology is developing and there are many cars with great performance but none that can be integrated in races without special considerations. To us, the proof is not in a single lap but in being able to show up event after event and compete with a viable and quality car that happens to be electric.”
The EVSR’s electric motor is good for 165 horsepower with energy coming from two lithium ferrous phosphate high-voltage battery packs. With an instant torque of 271 Nm, the driver can outrace its gasoline counterparts. “We can put the weight where we need it (low and centred), it’s easier to maintain, cheaper to run and exceedingly easy to drive. Since there is no transmission, so no shifting, it produces less noise and good handling”, Greenhaus sums up. The team entered a SCCA regional race at Lime Rock recently, setting competitive times while racing against fossil fuel powered vehicles.
During the IMSA Continental Tire Challenge, four-time 24 hours of Daytona winner Andy Lally performed speed trails at Lime Rock. His first impressions? “It’s the first time I drove a car like this and it was fun”, he said. “It has good torque, great speed and however I noticed it was a little heavier, I find the balance of this car very positive.”
The end goal of EVSR is to find sponsorship to get a full electric racing series going with the intent to offer support races for professional road racing events and develop an electric class within the club racing scene in the United States.