The Quimera AEGT01 – Click above to watch video after the jump

Quimera, a Spanish eco-transport consortium, will only officially launch its AEGT01 electric race car next month, but it's let slip a video showing off its muy caliente-mobile in advance. Though we can't verify the claim that it's the "most powerful" electric car on earth at least, not without a test drive of our own we have no qualms in saying "Holy %#@*$&!, this thing is seriously bad ass."

How could it not be? The sexy gull-winged carbon fiber monocoque is stuffed with three UQM motors putting out 700 horsepower and 1000+ lb ft of torque, making it capable of boogying from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds on its way up to a 180-mph top end. It even boasts a multi-speed transmission to seduce the senses of those who are still somewhat attached to the driver-involving ways of traditional drivetrains.

Quimera says that it will build a couple more examples of the AEGT01 after its official debut at Motorland in Alcañiz, Spain and its presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with tests for interested teams and drivers coming early in 2012. This news, coupled with the TTXGP and Mavizen logos just ahead of the front wheels led us to get in contact with Azhar Hussain to inquire about its involvement. Although he was unable to offer anything definitive, the electric racing impresario did give us a statement that, although brief, is heavy with intrigue.

The TTXGP mission to be part of the next generation of motorsport continues with the engagement of Quimera and the development of the AEGT family of vehicles. Javier [de Rocafort] and his team have done a phenomenal job and as the story unfolds, the AEGT demonstrates the traction behind our collective vision. As we enter our 3rd year, TTXGP has been the catalyst for lasting change that will push us beyond the race track and beyond motorcycles. Proud to be part of it.

Beyond the race track? Beyond motorcycles? Could he be alluding to a city-street competition similar to those planned for the aborted EMXGP? While we ponder the implications of that statement and wait for the situation to develop, we'll have to content ourselves with footage of this black beauty hooning about Motorland Aragón, which we happily share with you after the break.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      hi all, I work for quimera and i had the chance to witness the car running at motorland racetrack. the gearbox was absolutely intact after the test. range is 20min at full power and some 10 more minutes in the "endurance" mode (that reduces peak power by 40%). the most powerful electric car is an overall consideration with no particular focus on acceleration or top speed that can be beaten by a dragster ev car. and yes, making a proper racing gearbox (in this case a 6 speed hewland ngt) work with electric engines IS a huge deal. just try to manage that amount of torque combined with the inertia of 3 electric engines delivering 700bhp at peak power and you'll realize how challenging making it work has been. it's the most powerful gt spec car and the only one with such a proper race gearbox best to all
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 4 Years Ago
        will it lap the ring?
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          hi dan, no, as of now we are not planning to lap the ring. in our opinion, there are other places in which to test drive the car and we are partnering with a number of well known race tracks around the world to do so. however, we'll be delighted to go to the ring sometime soon and try to kick some ass there :)
        Dave D
        • 4 Years Ago
        EV News....pretty ballsy to tell a guy who is part of a team that just built a 180mph electric super car how to do the transmission. LOL Also, I've never heard an electric motor rated by Hz. I've seen them all rated for the RPM range they can handle and that range determines whether or not they need reduction gears or transmissions.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          thanks for your comments to all of you. well, it's not me who has build the car, but our complete team and within those guys (60 of them) there are former F1 engineers, WRC, WTCC, GP2, european GT and le mans, so a pretty decent bunch of skillful and capable engineers. we decided to place a gearbox, among other things, due to the fact that we are race car drivers ourselves and we thought that it would be interesting for pro drivers to maintain the same type of feeling within the cockpit rather than just playing gas and brake as in a kart. having said so, it has been an extremely interesting experience and laboratory of technologies and solutions and although not an engineer myself, i can assure you the performance of the powertrain has been dramatically improved by achieving the goal of attaching this 6 speed gearbox. im sure ev news knows what he's talking about but i can tell you that our team are no rookies themselves
        Dave D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sturegatan, Thanks for jumping on and giving us some FACTS! This is an awesome car and it has everything I think needed to jump start an EV racing series. Twenty minute sprint races now moving towards 40 minutes as the battery tech increases in the next 5 years would be a perfect start...for something that will one day replace F1 as the preeminent form of racing in the world (10-12 years out)!
        EV News
        • 4 Years Ago
        EV DON'T use multispeed gearboxes!! (just ask Tesla) If the UQM electric motors you are using don't have the RPM range (ie. up to 400Hz) to run with just a reduction gear then you might need to consider direct drive. If the UQM motors you use also don't have sufficient torque for direct drive... then you might have a problem!
      LEONARD
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is a good looking Ev
      Dave D
      • 4 Years Ago
      I keep waiting for the Weismans to jump into the EV transmission game. They are the best in the world at this stuff, but a bit eccentric to work with LOL But damn, they blow everyone away when they want to: http://www.weismann.net/
        Dave D
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dave D
        Sorry, this was supposed to be a response to SirVix and EVSuperhero below. Sigh.
      Iam FFinder
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not so.. World's fastest electric car is a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle modified to be 100% electric. Can go from 0-60mph in 1.6 seconds.. The vehicle is named Black Current. Souped-Up Electric VW Bug Goes a Record Breaking 0-60mph in 1.6 Seconds http://inhabitat.com/souped-up-electric-vw-bug-goes-a-record-breaking-0-60mph-in-1-6-seconds/ ff
        Iam FFinder
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Iam FFinder
        VW electric dragster The Black Current does 0-60mph in 1.6 seconds http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/865381-vw-electric-dragster-the-black-current-does-0-60mph-in-1-6-seconds
      • 3 Years Ago
      if you are in to e v's and are looking to build your own then you should contact a man buy the name of Steve Labib from Jozztek his wp is www.jozztek.com this guy know everything there is to know about ev's he designed and built the Mavizen ttx02 he has also built a mazda mx5 that would put BMW M5's to shame look him up !!!! he is god to me ('',)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Quimera EV is one smokin EV all right. Notice though that there are a couple other contenders: The Audi eTron: http://www.evsroll.com/Audi_eTron.html and the Aero EV: http://www.evsroll.com/Aero_EV.html EVsRock!
      Ben Crockett
      • 4 Years Ago
      One word: "Awesome"
      Edge
      • 4 Years Ago
      In before Dan says it. Way to heavy, and not aerodynamic enough.
        Dave D
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Edge
        "They are not even trying" Sorry Dan, I had to try and beat you to the second part since Edge got the first part :-)
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          don't apologize. you are getting it : ) yes it is too heavy and not born from aerodynamics. it has a lot of power but all they manage is to throw it away on weight. as a result their acceleration is no better than the 250 pony wrightspeed X1 despite 3x the power. and verily I say onto you that the X1 is not light. for a 2 seater racer that could easily be cut in half. including aerodynamic bodywork. 3 seconds to 100km/h is still pretty good, it could just be much much better. the forklift motor based 1970 datsun white zombie could make it look like it's standing still and that's a soft heavy steel construction with cast iron motors. so far people are just putting stuff together. when the right funded engineer comes along and builds with purpose you will see performance most think is impossible. heavy neodym spinning on copper coils in a metalfree case, all fiber body and all fiber airless blade wheels, in a truly aerodynamic body and powered by agile lithium, then you will know. total weight less than 300kg and more than 500 ponies. bitch slapping F1 like a boss
          Dave D
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          Uhhhh, guys...it was a joke. LOL
        HVH20
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Edge
        "Its too expensive... Not green enough...They should have made it our of recyclable materials like balsa wood." -DF
      Dave D
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet that Toyota will set the Nurburgring EV record next month...and then these guys will shatter it again before year end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well it seems there are still some thinking the car is too heavy, too slow, too whatever but basically not good enough. for those of you thinking that way i can tell i wasn't less skeptical when we first started the whole project and defined what we wanted and how we wanted it. the fact is that after some hard work, this is what we have now. the evo II version, already at our workshops, is definitely different in many senses. however, this first proto is no lightweight and that's a fact. compared to the average weight of a gt1 we are somewhere between 250 and 350kg heavier. the car is stuffed with batteries and a triple engine+inverters+soft start+gearbox and although only carbon fiber has been used to build its chassis and bodywork total weight is around 15 hundred kgs. with all that, we can have the car running for 18 minutes at full power (700bhp peak) or 30 min at 400 bhp. so, if it races, those are to be like the ones taking place at the wtcc, so not that bad at all and a lot of pro drivers and teams are used to this format. the battery pack provides around 110 kwh and roughly 550kw of power. we can use fast charging on the car allowing us to fill up to 80% of the batteries in 1 hour and then 2 more to go to 100%. but we have also developed a battery swapping system that will be applied to the evo II car. hope this answers most of the questions out there. we'll be checking this blog often so do not hesitate to ask whatever you consider convenient. thanks to all again
      JP
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't forget Mate Rimac's 4 motor 1000HP EV coming soon :D http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2011/8/2/Rimac-Automobili-Over-1-000HP-EV-Concept-One-Preview-7704136/
      seamusdubh
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's pretty cool, few questions though. 1. What's it's range? 2. What's the power usage of the motor? 3. What's the battery capacity? 4. What's the duration of recharge? These are the things that are important to know about EV's now, just like mpg, tank size and fuel type with combustion engines.
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