Lucid Motors has actually revealed that it’s making a brand-new motorsports drive system (MDU) of what it calls “the globe’s leading single-seater electrical auto racing collection.” For factors unidentified to us currently, Lucid does not make use of the name Formula E when talking its motorsport achievements. Given that there’s just one “leading single-seater electrical auto racing collection,” we are without a doubt discussing the front electric motor made use of in the Gen 3 Formula E cars presented for this period at the opening race in Mexico. Till this year, FE vehicles just made use of a 200- kilowatt electric motor on the back axle to transform the back wheels. The Gen 3 vehicles have actually included Lucid’s front-mounted system. Regardless of using words “drive,” the system will not drive the front wheels– it’s made use of as a generator feeding approximately 250 kW of regen stopping power to the system. Integrated with a back drive system updated to 350 kW, the Gen 3 vehicles brag 600 kW of power capacity.
Lucid established the system internal, its small situation consisting of the electric motor, inverter, differential as well as transmission. The entire kaboodle considers 32 kgs (705 extra pounds) as well as can generate 469 horse power, providing it a power thickness of 14.7 hp/kg. That coincides max horse power generated by the back drive electric motors that each of the suppliers in the collection can pick to produce themselves or purchase. Yes, a group might purchase Lucid’s MDU as well as stick it at the back as well, simply like Venturi Racing used to sell its FE powertrains to Dragon Competing as well as Mercedes-Benz. At the front, nonetheless, the system’s minimal to that 250- kW power manufacturing, or 268 horse power.
Car Manufacturer chief executive officer Peter Rawlinson claimed “the brand-new motorsports drive system builds on powertrain modern technology established internal by Lucid as well as shown when traveling in every Lucid Air,” turning around the common promote regarding placing race modern technology when traveling. The MDU utilizes the high-voltage constant wave winding as well as microjet air conditioning technology as the electric motors in the manufacturing Air. Rawlinson additionally hinted regarding the opportunity “several of the technological developments presented might make their method to future Lucid roadway vehicles.”
The race-road line is nearly as obscured at Lucid as it is at Porsche or Ferrari. Lucid started as a company called Atieva, started by ex-Tesla VP Bernard Tse with business owner as well as capitalist Sam Weng in 2007, concentrated on battery software application as well as packs. Atieva rebranded to Lucid in 2016, the Atieva name being made use of for Lucid’s modern technology arm. Rawlinson began as Atieva’s CTO in 2013, taking control of as the rebranded Lucid’s chief executive officer– consisting of the Atieva department– in2019 The main name of thefront drive unit supplier is Atieva Obtained all that?
Much more significantly, the brand-new MDU information suggests Lucid has actually exchanged its vendor condition with FE. Lucid dealt with McLaren Applied Technologies as well as Sony to give the 54- kW battery loads for the Gen 2 Formula E vehicles that made it possible for the vehicles to run a complete race range beginning in 2018, as well as Lucid says, “You’ll discover the very same race-proven modern technology from Atieva in your Lucid Air, as well.” The Air has actually constantly been a little bit racy, currently Solution E is obtaining a little bit Air-y.
When the Air Sapphire starts distribution later on this year,
We’ll discover out simply exactly how racy the present Air car can be. It would certainly be a pity if independent EV restomod attire could not obtain this brand-new MDU in their very own builds.
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