• Jan 6, 2010
Westfield iRacer - Click above for high-res image gallery

Westfield, a British company that still builds and sells a version of the timeless Lotus 7, has announced plans to offer a fully electric sportscar called the iRacer that it will race in the EV Cup. As you might expect, the car appears to be as minimalist as possible – sporting a claimed weight of just 1,300 pounds – with little bodywork and four fat tires pushed out to each corner.

Inside and underneath the tubular chassis are 440 pounds of lithium iron phosphate batteries, which Westfield says should be sufficient for 55 miles of range under racing conditions. A pair of Oxford Yasa electric motors drive the rear wheels independently and put out over 730 pound-feet of torque.

Performance figures to be brisk, with the run to 60 mph taking under five seconds with a governed top speed of 110 mph. Click past the break for a press release along with a couple of videos showing the iRacer in action.



[Source: Westfield]





PRESS RELEASE

WESTFIELD SPORTSCARS JOIN EV CUP


Westfield Sportscars join EV Cup with their innovative electric race car, the iRACER.

Westfield's iRACER is a track focused electric vehicle designed and engineered to support a growing demand for zero emission sports cars. With a target total weight of 600kg, powered by two motors delivering 80kW, the final vehicle will have a sub 5 second 0-60mph time, with an electronically limited top speed of 110mph.

Using an intelligent and flexible design, over half (approx. 100kg) of the state of the art Lithium Phosphate batteries will be stored under the floor to lower the centre of gravity. For a greater range and for better weight distribution, additional batteries can also be positioned towards the front of the vehicle. While this flexibility presents a number of practical and financial benefits, it also offers an additional competitive element for optimal vehicle setup for different circuits on the EV Cup calendar.

Westfield's iRACER joins an already exciting SportsEV class line up. Dr. Paul Faithfull, Technical Director of Westfield Sportscars, "we are excited by the prospect of racing against other electric vehicles at circuits across Europe and beyond. EV Cup represents a great opportunity for us to develop vehicle technology on the back of this direct competition, a way to benchmark and to show that electric racing can be as dramatic and exciting as conventional motorsport."

Says Managing Director Sylvain Filippi: "Westfield's iRACER is another example of the excitement behind performance electric vehicles, this time, open top and very lightweight. We look forward to working with Westfield and witnessing the success of their iRACER."

The iRACER is the result of a collaborative project between Westfield Sportscars, and Niche Vehicle Network partners Potenza Technology, Delta Motorsport, RDM Automotive, and Coventry University. Funded through an Advantage West Midlands programme, the vehicle has been styled by upcoming designer Elliott Hawkins from the Royal College of Arts.

Westfield's iRACER is a track focused electric vehicle designed and engineered to support a growing demand for zero emission sports cars.


Westfield iRACER Specs

General:
  • Kerb Weight - 600kg
  • Length - 3600mm
  • Width - 1635mm
  • Installation - Rear, rear wheel drive
  • Bodywork - Lightweight and recyclable

Technical:
  • Drive motor - Oxford Yasa Motors, 80Kw, 1000Nm @ the wheels
  • Battery - 170kg, Lithium Phosphate

Performance:
  • 0-60mph - under 5 seconds
  • Top speed - 110mph (electronically limited)
  • Range - 55 race miles on a single charge (extendable)
  • Recharge - 2 hours charge time from three phase generator


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This should be next years IRL package.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's like.. slot car racing all over gain.. without the slots.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that the Stig? Anyway love that Westfield logo on the front bumper/hood
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's the stig! haha First thing I though too....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does does it come with the Stig or is that an optional extra?

      Some say that he is the batteries for the car, and that the plug to hook it up is in his buttocks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. What an awful design. Did you just take like one CAD class?! Christ.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Taking a lot of them, along with a lot of materials, methods, drawing, rendering, and other classes does. I should know because I am one. Whoever designed this looks like they just made a soap box derby car with their dad, learned solidworks, and pooped this out. Ugh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stig say, "feel like idiot in car made of leggo". Oh, it's pretty cool I guess. It does remind me of one of my son's leggo kits though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      strange - the renderings show a pushrod front suspension - but in the video it has outboard front coilovers.
      Also the other video has the battery located back where the fuel tank would be, which will make it very heavy - should be located where the engine used to be.
      Since it seems they are essentially using a tweaked Seven chassis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It could be just a mule for the propulsion system, over a standard 7 chassis, hence those inconsistencies...

        ...or this could be it. I guess we'll find out later.