• Aug 30, 2011
Meet, again, the Formulec EF01, a truly remarkable single-seat electric racer that combines speed, acceleration and efficiency with respect for the environment.

Designed by South African firm Formulec and Segula Matra Technologies, the Formulec EF01 accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a blistering three seconds and heads on to a top speed of over 155 mph. Up to 300 horsepower coming from a pair of electric Siemens motors gives the Formulec its giddy-up and a Saft battery pack provides for up to 25 minutes of on-track racing. The Formulec's two-speed gearbox makes for swift off-the-line acceleration.

As the Formulec EF01 continues its quest to make record runs on tracks around the world, even torrential rains don't stand in the way of the EF01's journey. Want proof? Hit the jump to see the car zip down a wet track in Moscow.


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      Vince
      • 1 Day Ago
      the formula E does excite me. but this model does need a little more work. first gear sounds like someone left a spanner in the bottom of the cabin. second gear sounds good. I reckon they could upgrade these models to 3 speed so that the start up was lightning fast. thats where it loses peoples interest. the first few seconds. I also think they could design a very simple exchangeable battery technique similar to the tyre change system
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Day Ago
      it's a nice vehicle but they should have given it more performance if they want to impress F1. 3 second acceleration is good in a road car but there are homebuilt steel car EVs doing sub 2 second. the demonstration we really need is an electric formula car that kills a formula 1 car on a track. and it can be done with current tech. and should. I guess the problem is a lack of high power off the shelf AC drives. but for demonstration purposes just do a DC zilla conversion. 350V 1600A in a 500kg car. that should work somehow.
        Chris M
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Oh? And how many sub-4 second acceleration cars have you built, Dan? Oh that's right, none. BTW, there is a big difference between drag racers designed for a short straight course and F1 racers designed to run around a track. In a drag race between "drag" and "F1" the drag car would usually win. In a race track race, the better handling F1 car would usually win, too.
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Chris M
          Wow, I take it all back! DF, has built 5 Formula One race cars, one of which is faster than the speed of light! The obvious advantage of this would be the race car would arrive before the race commenced! Such fun!
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Chris M
          5. and one that's faster than the speed of light. try to appreciate the value of theory and I know about down force.