The The Lola-Drayson B12/69 EV has four axial flux electric motors producing 850 hp and nearly 3,000 lb-ft of torque, via a series of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries. It weighs around 2,200 lbs, and can get from 0-100 mph in around five seconds. But is it fun to drive?
This week on /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS, Chris drives this demo-model electric Le Mans prototype (LMP1) racecar, which — granted — doesn't make any noise, doesn't put all four figures of torque to the wheels, and can only go for around a few minutes on a charge, currently. The batteries are juiced up via induction pads placed on the floor of the pit garage.
But it is nonetheless breathtaking to drive, as Chris points out in this video.
The project is the brainchild of Lord Paul Drayson, a former UK Minister of Science with a PhD in robotics, who competed in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. Drayson says the development car will be used initially for short time attack-style runs, not racing, and has thus has been set up to optimize its “qualifying” performance. Under simulation, Drayson says, the EV is just as fast — if not faster — than a conventionally-powered LMP1 car.
It may be a while before we see a B12/69 EV rounding Circuit de la Sarthe for an entire day and night, but the car does present an alluring scenario for electric-car racing. If only it sounded like something.