Johnson Matthey and Envision Virgin Racing unveiled the world’s first electric two-seater electric formula race car at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland.
On display at COP26 from Sunday 31 October, the bespoke two-seater race car was conceived to help accelerate the transition to a net zero future and the advance to clean, sustainable technologies that enable the mass adoption of e-mobility.
The race car results from a partnership between Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, and Envision Virgin Racing, the carbon neutral Formula E team. It was designed and manufactured by Delta Cosworth at Silverstone, the home of motorsport in the UK.
The Envision Virgin Racing development team focused on optimising all aspects of the racer’s design to deliver extraordinary on-track performance. It features a dedicated two-seater carbon-fibre monocoque platform that is designed and engineered to accommodate the driver and an additional passenger in tandem formation. The car will run slick tyres to provide optimal mechanical grip and a low wear rate that minimises tyre waste.
The one-of-a-kind concept racer will demonstrate Johnson Matthey’s eLNO technology. This family of nickel-rich advanced cathode materials enables around 20% greater battery density over today’s typical equivalent battery technology. With eLNO cathode technology on board, the cylindrical 602030 cells in the battery pack achieve 200 Wh/kg cell energy density for a total 47kWh capacity, and an electrical output of 585 volts. This is delivered to Envision Virgin Racing’s advanced electric drivetrain to produce 250 kW of power at the wheels. The racer’s targeted maximum speed is 240 km/h.
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