At the opening day of SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada, Scalar Performance unveiled the first all-electric amateur touring race car, named the SCR1.
The SCR1 is the first club racing electric vehicle (EV) approved by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) for road racing in the association’s Super Touring Series. Designed and built for fast lap times by tech entrepreneur Brian Bourne and car builder Joel Fallaise – alongside engineering partners Hypercraft and Ettractive – the SCR1 has been developed to deliver a similar feeling to mid-engine petrol-powered race cars with a similar weight distribution.
Delivering drive is a Hypercraft 800V powertrain which is capable of delivering 468Nm of torque from a continuous 245kW all-electric motor. The installed electrical package enables the SCR1 to reach 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 266km/h. For the optimal transfer of power to the ground, a Torsen limited slip differential has been fitted in addition to optimized Öhlins suspension.
The Scalar SCR1’s battery management technology has also been provided by Hypercraft, enabling 45 minutes of racing or track time from the 65kWh battery pack. A full recharge of the vehicle’s batteries can be carried out in less than 20 minutes from a Level 3, 150kW charger. An array of other technologies also features on board including telemetry and driver data.
The SCR1 features an eight-point roll cage from VR3 Engineering and benefits from thermal management and runaway prevention solutions to ensure a high level of safety for drivers. Additionally, a Lifeline fire suppression system with Novec 1230 integrated through the vehicle’s battery pack increases the SCR1’s safety credentials. The combination of these technologies means the race car meets and even exceeds current FIA safety requirements.
Ten Founder Edition SCR1 race cars will be built initially and are scheduled to be ready for customers by summer 2023.
“As an organization, NASA is constantly looking to evolve to provide the best amateur racing in the country,” said NASA chief operating officer Jeremy Croiset. “We are very excited to have worked with Scalar Performance to add the first all-electric touring race car to our Super Touring Series ensuring we continue innovating and attracting new drivers to motorsport.”
“Both Joel and I are amateur racers, so it was natural for us to apply a user-centered design process in building the SCR1,” said Brian Bourne, co-founder, Scalar Performance. “We want a purist driving experience that requires minimal maintenance and allows the team to focus on course setup and driver development.”