Meet the Quimera AEGT-01
FRANKFURT, Germany, 15 September -- A new dimension of race cars is about to hit motorsports: with the new AEGT prototype, Altran and Quimera jointly push forward and expand the limits of electric technology. 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds powered by batteries, with a 300 km/h top speed and the goal to raise deeper awareness for e-cars. In hall 4.1 of the IAA Show, Altran presents this amazing innovation.
A GT to rise awareness
The objective of the ambitious project is to raise public awareness and to reduce skepticism regarding EV's capacities, performance and range. Security-concerns in case of an accident or the electrical current in the batteries need to be solved too. Currently there is not enough demand for electric vehicles, due to the skepticism and lack of credit (both technological and financial) in the market. “We therefore thought we first need to gain the confidence of the people by creating not only a concept but a high performance racing car that leads back to the inception of motor racing” says Javier de Rocafort.
Similar to the inception of the classic motor sports, the project aims to show the performance of the car at the race tracks. “When people will see the cars racing and the drivers having fun, they will be thrilled, then we are sure the beginning of acceptance of the electric technology will start”, continues the Quimera chairman.
One can seethat the project is not primarily about cars. Rather, it is about changing the mentality. It is important to first understand that the current conceptions of the electric vehicle are wrong and distorted. The project is all about demonstrating that mobility with electric vehicles is feasible and reliable. “For all of us, there is about to be a completely new environment for mobility” states de Rocafort.
Quimera AEGT-01, a lab on wheels
For the development of the e-car, it is very important to test and verify the profound technology as there are quite a few previous experiences within the industry. This needs to be done before the OEM’s start the mass production of a car in order to avoid flaws and incorporate lessons learned. In this process, research and development consortiums like Quimera are the key to building the foundation for the non fossil fuel future. Within this cluster, corporations,universities, companies like Altran and other organizations share their knowledge, in order to explore and test new solutions for e-mobility, particularly for cars (among other sustainability developments: fast charging stations, vertical axis wind turbines, etc.).
“In this process it is important to get to know the materials behavior under extreme situations. No one knows how batteries and other components behave when they are confronted with strong speed or acceleration. With the AEGT prototype which can be seen here at Frankfurt’s IAA on Altran´s Stand D 11 in Hall 4.1, we test, record and improve the performance under such extremely severe conditions” says Javier de Rocafort, Chairman of Quimera.
“The AEGT is a living laboratory to test all the selected technologies”, says Alfonso Martinez Executive Director for the Altran Group Solution Mechanical Engineering. “This first prototype has been designed in a very short time just to prove the validity of some unique design concepts and to test the main performance targets of the vehicle. Altran has been the technologic advisor and supervisor in this process with the technical cooperation of Sun Racing Engineering and is now preparing the next evolution of the car In parallel, Altran is managing all the development of the electrical powertrain of the Electric KTM X-Bow, another advanced technological project of Quimera.
Quimera is going to transform the car into a R&D laboratory by assessing the innovation developed and verifying the appropriate application in streetcar manufacturing.
Technical Data • First chassis, power-train and prototype
developed by Quimera
• Technical supervision by Altran
• Carbon fibre monocoque chassis
• 450-700 bhp
• 300 km/h
• 0-100 km/h in 3s
• Torque: 1.000 Nm+
• Dimensions: 4800 mm long / 2000 mm width
• High power Lithium Polymer EIG (S. Korea) battery packs
• Three 231 bhp UQM electric motors (USA)