Green GT motors through trial run
62mph recorded down track's straight
Leccy Tech Green GT's leccy racer of the same name has finally taken to the track, having completed an initial shakedown of the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France.
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Christian Pescatori, a Le Mans veteran, successfully pushed the car through 18 laps of the 2.37 mile circuit on just a single
This trial run means the car stands a good chance of covering the Isle of Mans’ Mountain Course in next year’s TTxGP. But it’s worth remembering that the TTxGP circuit is, of course, considerably hillier than your average motorsport track.
After recharging the car, Pescatori managed to get a further six laps out of the Green GT car and drive it to a top speed of 62mph (100kph) down the French course’s Mistral straight.
Although not exactly at a tarmac melting speed, the Green GT’s electric motors were allegedly only pushed to around 30 per cent of their maximum power output.
The Green GT hit 62mph on just 30 per cent power
The run was mainly designed to ensure that the car’s balance, brakes and aerodynamics were firing on all cylinders. And to check that the gearbox could withstand the torque generated by two 100kW electric motors.
Team Green GT now plans to return to the Paul Ricard Circuit later in the summer for a full-speed test, which could see the car nudge its way up to 170mph. ®
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"This trial run means the car stands a good chance of covering the Isle of Mans’ Mountain Course in next year’s TTxGP. But it’s worth remembering that the TTxGP circuit is, of course, considerably hillier than your average motorsport track."
That's a joke right. The ground clearance on that thing would probably be inadequate for most of the UKs race circuits let alone the TT. Have you not noticed that the bikes get noticably airborne at several points around the circuit? That place is bumpy. That thing looks like it would ground out on some of the manhole covers let alone the hump backed bridges. Hell it looks like it would ground on the chalk dust on a billiard table.
The ideal car for the mountain circuit would probably be more like a tarmac rally car.
BTW are you sure the projected top speed is only 170mph? I only ask because most cars of that ilk are considerably faster than that and the EV fraternity are well know for exagerating. Then again we're looking at something below 300bhp here which is far from spectacular so could it be that finally we have a company manufacturing an EV with realistic expectations.
As for the transmission coping with the torque, don't most electric motors produce the majority of their prodigious torque at very revs? In which case the only time the transmission would be troubled would be coming off the line. It follows, therefore, that a simple bit of launch control circuitry or perhaps some sort of viscous coupling would protect the transmission.
"And to check that the gearbox could withstand the torque generated by two 100kW electric motors"
Gearbox? What gearbox?
Perhaps they're talking about the diff...or something like that. Why on earth would a car driven by electric motors want to carry around the weight of a gearbox?
guilty as charged Pete. I should know better.
They have what appears to be a heavily modded LMP2 chassis.