• May 9, 2011
Electric McRae Buggy – Click above to watch video after the jump

The Dakar Rally traverses over 5,500 miles of grueling terrain in South America. It's punishing on drivers and vehicles, requiring a machine that's rugged, reliable and capable. Despite that, an Anglo-Dutch team, headed by Alistair McRae, will field an ultra-lightweight McRae Buggy equipped with a 54-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a robust 200-kW electric motor that features three power settings (eco, standard and full attack).

Dutch driver Tim Coronel will attempt to navigate the electric McRae Buggy across the torturous terrain and on to the finish line at the 2012 Dakar Rally, which kicks off on January 1. The electric buggy features an aerodynamically optimized body and trick shock absorbers that convert kinetic energy from ruts and bumps into usable electric power. Support vehicles, equipped with DC quick chargers, will likely "refuel" the buggy during the race.

If the Anglo-Dutch team actually fields the electrified buggy in the 2012 Dakar Rally, the vehicle will become the first battery-powered entrant since the rally's inaugural race in 1978. For a preview of what the vehicle can do, hit the jump for a video of the electric buggy last year's gas-powered Buggy in action. Hat tip to Charly!

[Source: McRae Buggy]


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      Marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good Luck!
      GoodCheer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, that's jumping in at the deep end.
      GearHeadDeals.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this is really good for exposure. If they can swap packs, or charge quickly enough and finish the race, then that says a lot. Are the dampers the ones that MIT students developed?
      Kuyper Hoffman
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will be interesting to follow - hopefully we get decent coverage here in the US next year
      • 3 Years Ago
      In your video you used clips of Schulich 1, I built that solar car. I am also really huge Dakar junkie and wish you the best of luck . If you need any crew members drop me line.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dakar is in Africa, they should have changed the name. There is the Baja in Mexico, Dakar in Africa, maybe the Andes in Chile. Anyways, cool car. I hope there are more competitors in the years to come in the EV class.
        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Have the Uluru in the Australian Outback from Adelaide up or Darwin down. It would be more of a paved road surface race...
          Marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          I'll enter! I'm developing a truly environmental Australian Rally Car! Runs on recycled beer and is built from recycled Footy/Race/TAB tipping sheets. (you know it makes sense!)