AEDC electric prototype has range of 150 miles, expected to achieve 170 mph
By Paul Ridden
May 1, 2012
Spain's green racing pioneers Quimera Responsible Racing and the UK's Alex Letteriello and his small team at Evelio Electric Supercars have joined forces to develop an all-electric supercar designed to race in drifting competitions, where cornering is undertaken with a thrilling sideways slide. The quite simply stunning AEDC (All Electric Drift Car), or K1 Evelio to use its given name, is capable of quietly speeding from zero to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in just 3.2 seconds, has an average range of 150 miles (241.4 km) per charge and is expected to reach speeds of 170 mph (273.5 km/h).
It's the stuff of just about every Hollywood blockbuster car chase and a popular sport in its own right, and now the jaw-dropping oversteering technique known as drifting is about to get a whole lot cleaner thanks to the development of a 100 percent electric Drift Car. As with electric drag racing, the powerful torque of the car's electric drive is perhaps a more important factor to drift competitions than range and may even help deliver the kind of howling tire action demanded by fans of the sport.
As you may have already spotted, the design of the K1 has been heavily influenced by the Slovakian K-1 Attack Roadster sports car, but with a 170kW electric powertrain (which can be scaled up to 250kW) developing 220Nm of torque instead of a roaring V6 engine. It's currently limited to a top speed of 95 mph (153 km/h), which is rather sluggish when compared to the Tesla Roadster, for instance, but its designers are looking towards ramping that up to the 170 mph mark in the future.
The super-charged Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries are said to have been specifically chosen for speed of recharge, and superior thermal and chemical stability. They can be charged to full capacity in just an hour, or 80 percent in 20 minutes via a 30 amp socket.
The vehicle has a tubular steel chassis and fiberglass body and sports a sleek silver white metallic pearl paint job at the moment, but Quimera is running a design competition that asks folks to come up with a suitably eye-catching race design to adorn the bodywork of the electric supercar.