Westfield Sportscars has announced plans to join the EV Cup with the new iRACER.
Designed to compete it the world's first ‘green' racing series, the iRACER features Lithium Phosphate batteries, a tubular chassis, and lightweight body panels. Thanks to the iRACER's advanced design, over half (roughly 100 kg) of the batteries can be stored beneath the floor to lower the car's center of gravity.
Power comes from two electric motors which produce 80 kW (107 hp) and 1000 Nm of torque. This allows the 600 kg (1,323 lbs) iRACER to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 110 mph.
If everything goes according to plan, the iRACER will be able to travel up to 55 miles (under race conditions) on a single charge. When the batteries are drained, a three phase generator will recharge them in approximately two hours.
According to Dr. Paul Faithfull, Technical Director of Westfield Sportscars, "We are excited by the prospect of racing against other electric vehicles at circuits across Europe and beyond. EV Cup represents a great opportunity for us to develop vehicle technology on the back of this direct competition, a way to benchmark and to show that electric racing can be as dramatic and exciting as conventional motorsport."