It certainly goes without saying that electric race cars still don’t have the power of their standard engine counterparts, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate records of the electric car type when somebody sets one.
So with great pride, we’d like to congratulate Kevin Mitz and the Kleenspeed EV-X11 for setting a new electric car lap record at the Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The electric car, piloted by Mitz, secured a record-setting lap of 1:35.99 while hitting an average speed of about 93 miles per hour with a top speed of 130 miles per hour.
Despite the record-setting mark, there’s still plenty of improvement left for the EV-X11 as far as its range is concerned. According to the car’s founder, Timothy Collins, the EV-X11 can only run seven to eight laps on a single charge, or in the case of Sonoma, about 12 laps before it needs to re-charge.
Collins points out, though, that the continued evolution of battery technology offers plenty of room for improvement. “Every year the energy density of the lithium cells will be greater,” he told PC World.
While all that remains to be seen, it still doesn’t take away from the achievement these guys accomplished last week. Breaking world records are hard to come by and when somebody sets one, it’s something that’s worth acknowledgment.
Typically, a vehicle is previewed by a concept, honored as a production model, and then, if suitable, powered up as a race car. KleenSpeed Technologies is throwing that formula out the window to show just what their new technology can do out on the track. Their logic is that, if their technology can make it out on the track, then it can easily prove itself out on the streets. So, the company poised to develop innovative and advanced technologies and intellectual properties to revolutionize the EV industry built their new EV-X11 Electric Race Car prototype.
The EV-X11 is based on the chassis of the state-of-the-art West Race Cars American LeMans IMSA Lite L2 sports racer modified by KleenSpeed and fitted with a proprietary KleenSpeed EV System including a power controller, charging system, battery packs, and ancillary components. The car delivers up to 200 HP and can hit an impressive top speed of 160 mph. Moreover, it has already made a name for itself by setting a new lap record for an electric car at California’s Laguna Seca race track: 1:38.858.
With electric cars becoming a very important part of the automotive industry and rumors that FIA is taking the launch of a new Formula E category for zero-emission electric race cars under consideration, KleenSpeed may just have the upperhand for this round. They’ve even gone as far as setting up a very specific and lofty goal for their electric racer: establishing new EV lap records at many major race venues and EV race series in the US and Europe in the coming year.
Hit the jump for the KleenSpeed EV-X11 specifications. Full story