BRABUS Hybrid with Protean in-wheel motors storms SAE World Congress
While the event marked the BRABUS Hybrid's premier North American appearance, fact is, Protean is no newcomer to SAE World Congress. This reporter has covered this in-wheel motor technology on many occasions. This time, though, the appearance is not a truck but a passenger vehicle.
Another fact is, BRABUS is a highly acclaimed independent automobile tuner; and the company chose Protean's electric in-wheel motors to power its "Technology Project Hybrid" based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The BRABUS Hybrid vehicle is equipped with two Protean Drive (tm) wheel motors, which power the rear wheels, along with the vehicle's clean diesel engine.
Furthermore, BRABUS is known throughout the automotive sector for its discerning use of the finest technology to perfect the performance of its exclusive vehicles. The BRABUS Hybrid and Protean Drive(tm) offer elite automotive customers a practical, environmentally respectful solution without sacrificing performance and power.
The news release stated Protean Drive™ is the most advanced in-wheel electric drive system for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. It’s hard to argue with that position. Going well beyond performance, Protean Drive™ can improve fuel economy by up to 30 percent in a plug-in hybrid application.
Each Protean motor adds 80 kW (110 hp) and 800 Nm (590 ft-lbs) of peak torque, which, when combined with the 2.2-liter common-rail turbo-diesel engine, give the BRABUS Hybrid an acceleration of 0-100 km/hr (0-62 mph) in 7.4 seconds and 60-120 km/hr (37-75 mph) of 5.6 seconds.