Green4U Panoz Racing GT-EV
Revealed at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, this could be the world’s first all-electric endurance race car.
The GT-EV is an all-electric race car concept with performance and range similar to petrol and hybrid race cars and able to compete in long-distance endurance races.
The Goal: Achieve the speed and range of current petrol and hybrid race cars on the power contained in a single battery pack, then exchange the battery in about the time it takes competitors to refill their fuel tanks.
To Green4U Technologies Co-Founders Don Panoz and Jack Perkowski, this project is “the Holy Grail of racing” and “places Green4U at the forefront of electric vehicle technology.”
GT-EV Design and Performance Targets
- 400 to 450 kW total power
- 175 to 180 mph top speed
- Removable battery pack design enabling battery exchanges during pit stops
- 90- to 110-mile range in race conditions
- All-wheel drive with two electric motors (one each powering the front and rear wheels)
- 2,200 to 2,750 lbs. total mass with battery pack
- Roughly 192 x 72 x 48 inches (L x W x H)
- A unique carbon fiber chassis design with an offset closed cockpit
- Active aerodynamics to reduce drag on straightaways and increase range & performance
- Regenerative braking technology on all wheels
GT-EV Inspired Street Legal Sports Car
Green4U Technologies also conceptualized a proposed street-legal sports car based on the GT-EV race car concept. The design features a unique two-person, jet fighter-style passenger compartment where the rider sits behind the driver.
Could the future of Le Mans be electric?
Don Panoz, founder of Mylan, talks to CNBC exclusively about how electric race cars can be designed to be just as efficient on the track.