VOLAR-E, the wicked fast 1000 HP electric race car on a mission to explode stereotypes

The VOLAR-E by Spanish engineering firm Applus+IDIADA is a wicked fast electric super car commissioned by the European Union to help sell Europeans on electric vehicle adoption.

Instant torque at 0 RPM can, if packaged right, make for a wicked fast race car. In late 2012 Applus+IDIADA won a contract to build a high performance electric race car, and four months later they demonstrated that car at the Circuit de Catalunya during the F1 Test Days. Take the supercar shape dreamed of by adolescent boys around the world, give it four electric motors totaling 1000 horsepower, variable torque vectoring, and much more, and that's what you have in Applus' VOLAR-E.

The spec's of the car are 1000 horsepower (750 kilowatts) and 1000 nM of torque. It sports four electric motors, and it has a torque vectoring system to independently control the power to each motor depending on the needs of the moment. The battery pack is 38 kilowatt-hours, making it about 1.5x the size of typical electric car battery packs such as in the Nissan Leaf or Ford Focus Electric. The battery pack is made from lithium iron phosphate modules built by Rimac. These are 20S3P modules, meaning each module is 60 cells, connected in groups of 3 parallel cells for 20 in series. The whole pack is ten of these 64 volt modules for 640 volts in total.

Surrounding all this is a lightweight carbon-fiber frame. According to a statement made by Applus in October 2012, the VOLAR-E will also "incorporate the latest developments in vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communication systems, as well as a user interface based on new applications designed for current and future smartphones."


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