The British constructor Perrinn has announced to develop a full-electric LMP1 racer to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one day.
Company founder Nicolas Perrinn, a former Williams F1 track engineer and contributor to the design of the NIO EP9, told Autosport that it’s too soon to enter world’s most prestigious endurance race on short notice. But he sees that the industry is developing the batteries and improving the drivetrains.
“I don’t think that will be possible in the next few years,” he said. “It is going to take time for an electric car to race at Le Mans, but we want to be ready for that moment. It’s not going to take 10 years — I’m optimistic that it could happen in five years, but it might take a little bit longer.”
According to a presentation, Perrinn eyes a four-wheel drive EV LMP1 capable of 650 kW and will weigh 1100 kg. That’s including 400 kg for the 54 kWh battery which will be positioned behind the driver. It will have an autonomous mode too.
Perrinn plans a static display of the Project 424 vehicle during the Le Mans race week in 2018. The electric racer will be developed and tested afterwards. In 2019 it plans to set electric and autonomous lap records on tracks like the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, Circuit of the Americas and Shanghai International Circuit.
Panoz and Green4U Technologies have announced similar ambitions earlier this year. Previously Nissan set the benchmark to be first to drive a lap at Circuit de la Sarthe solely on electric power. One year earlier Green GT had the ambition to compete with a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, but that project fell apart.