World´s First Electric Vehicle Race Series in 2010


westfield_e-sportscar_1 Design students from universities, further education colleges and senior streams of secondary schools will be invited to enter a competition to design the body for the world’s first one-make electric vehicle race series. The competition will be launched on press day at Autosport International on the Niche Vehicle Network Stand No. 6230 at the NEC on January 10th.

The prototype rolling chassis has been developed by Midlands based Westfield Sportscars, in collaboration with Silverstone-based Delta Motorsport and Birmingham City University’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC). The design is intended to enclose the new rolling chassis. The resulting competition car will form the basis of Westfield’s forthcoming single-make Electric Race Car series.

The vehicle performance is impressive with a predicted 0-60mph time of sub 5 seconds. The latest lithium ion batteries provide the capability to complete a typical fifteen lap club race, whilst maintaining a total vehicle weight of under 600kg.

Dr. Paul Faithfull, Technical Director at Westfield Sportscars, said: “Westfield has chosen Autosport to launch the electric race car design westfield_e-sportscar_2 competition because of the huge amount of visitors to this international show. It will give us access to the great design talents of students across the globe, bringing new concepts to complement our performance enhancing technology. We recognise that in order to differentiate our product, we need to pay significant attention to styling trends. What better opportunity than to appeal to the future great designers of the world.”

Westfield Sportscars is a member of the Niche Vehicle Network, an association of around twenty-five specialist car and chassis manufacturers which will have a major presence at Autosport. With sponsorship from the regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands, three of the region’s most innovative sports cars as well as the electric race car will be on display.

(Source and Images: Westfield Sportscars)

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