Dutch racing team InMotion, a team that primarily comprises students from Eindhoven University of Technology and Fontys University of Applied Sciences, has announced it is partnering with tire supplier Kumho, ahead of its attempt to break the existing electric car record at Zandvoort later this year.
Ahead of the attempt to become the fastest electric vehicle around the Dutch circuit, the car will make its track debut at the circuit’s annual Pinksterraces meeting (June 3-4).
Based on their previous Formula Bio bio-ethanol racecar, InMotion’s IM/e features a powertrain consisting of a pair of high power electric motors that generate the equivalent of 550bhp, while retaining the car’s total weight of 650kg. Of higher specification than a Formula E single-seater, it will sprint from 0-100kph within 3s and reach speeds of up to 280kph.
IM/e, as covered in the January 2016 issue of PMW magazine, serves as a test-bed for the team’s forthcoming IM01 – a 1100+ hp hybrid race car with which they hope to break Stefan Bellof’s outright record of 6:11.13m for the 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife, before competing in the Garage 56 class of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race – the class reserved for vehicles of technical innovation.
“We are very happy about the partnership with this young team, where it is clear innovations are dared and visions realised,” explained Dirk Rockendorf, marketing director of Kumho Europe. “These highly motivated Dutchmen are set on demonstrating that electric drive and motorsport can be a perfect match and we are proud to be supporting their plans.”