Students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences are in the middle of an ambitious project the likes of which we’ve never dealt with before. The group is collectively known as InMotion. Unlike those twister soda projects we occupied ourselves with in college, these students are doing a much bigger project. And it involves the Nurburgring Nordschleife. InMotion is developing a hybrid race car called the IN01. The goal is to break the lap record at the famous race track and by lap record, we mean the 6:11 lap record set by Stefan Bellof using a Porsche 956.
At least we know these students are ambitious. That’s a good quality to have, right?
From the look of the IN01, it does appear that InMotion has a good idea of what it’s going to take to eclipse the 30-year-old record. The design of the racer is dynamic enough to make you interested in the project. It has the pointed-nose design of Formula One race cars and the closed cockpit configuration of an LMP1 prototype. The dimensions are also there and its low height should help in improving the car’s balance. Even the rear section, with the blown rear diffuser, was designed to be as minimalistic as possible.
Aesthetically, it looks like a million bucks. But how it’s going to fare against that 6:11 record lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife is a different matter entirely. That, after all, is the ultimate point of this project.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 InMotion IN01.
Why It Matters
InMotion has said that it plans to fit a hybrid powertrain inside the IN01. How and when it is going to do it is the question. The group has been tight-lipped on how much power the race car is going to have so that’s another egg that needs to be cracked.
For now, InMotion wil continue to develop the IN01 and get all the necessary approvals, including race approvals from the FIA, needed to make a run at the 30-year old record.
Who knows, this could be the car that finally eclipses Bellof’s scorching lap time. That record has stood for so long that it might be time to see another name on top of that list.
Ok, so this isn’t really the record InMotion has its eyes on. But the Porsche 918 Spyder’s lap time of 6:57 around the Nurbugring Nordschleife is the current benchmark for production cars. So if the IN01 can easily beat that, then we know InMotion has a scorching race car in its hands.
The Porsche 918 Spyder set the lap record around the famous race track last October when it eclipsed the previous record by a scintillating 14 seconds. The hopeful in us wants to think that these students are capable of at least beating the 918 Spyder’s lap time.
Even if it doesn’t achieve that 6:11 "holy grail" lap time, knowing that it was faster around the track than the 918 Spyder can already be considered an achievement. Or in their case, an "A+" grade.
To remind you of the awesomeness that is the Porsche 918 Spyder, the hybrid supercar is powered by a hybrid powertrain and a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that produces 608 horsepower with a 154-horsepower electric motor powering the rear axle and a 127-horsepower electric motor on the front axle. The whole system brings out a total of 887 horsepower, allowing the supercar to hit 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 211 mph.