As we head into 2023, electric racing team Envision Racing has revealed the world’s first two-seater electric racing car.
Created in collaboration with EV Metals Group (EVM), the car has been deigned to demonstrate the power of e-mobility for the future.
The race car has been specially created to test and showcase the performance of the latest innovation in battery technology.
It’s powered by a family of EVM’s advanced cathode active materials, which have been created to improve performance.
The new racing car’s batteries have about 20% greater energy density than some of the best batteries currently on the market, which provides a longer range and a maximum output of 250 kilowatts, which is around 326 horsepower.
The new car’s top speed is 240 kilometres per hour, with an acceleration speed of 0-60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds.
Known as the ‘greenest team on the greenest grid’, Envision Racing was the first team in Formula E to be certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust in 2020.
It is one of a handful of teams to have achieved the 3 Star Sustainability Accreditation from motorsport’s global governing body, the FIA.
‘With 8.6 million EVs due to be sold worldwide in 2023, it’s clear that we are on the trajectory of electrification and the hunger for EVs is continuing to grow. This new car’s ground-breaking, nickel-rich eLNO® battery technology from EVM could become a blueprint for the next generation of road electric vehicles.
‘One of the key functions of electric motorsport is to act as a testing ground for the latest battery innovations. The pursuit of efficiency is embedded into motor racing, so Formula E’s very existence accelerates the quest for new and better battery and electric powertrain technology.
‘As the climate crisis escalates, our sport has a unique role to play in accelerating the mass adoption of e-mobility and the transition to clean, green and affordable renewable energy. The idea is that the cutting-edge batteries in this vehicle represent the future of consumer EVs.’
Managing director and CTO of Envision Racing team
A prototype of the new two-seater car was first unveiled in November 2021 at COP26, the United Nations’ climate conference in Glasgow.
The car’s design centres upon a streamlined, carbon-fibre monocoque platform that’s been engineered to allow the driver and passenger to sit in tandem formation, one behind the other.