Aerodynamic consultancy firm FondTech have unveiled a radical all-electric powered open-wheeled racer, called the E-11. Renowned aerodynamicist Jean-Claude Migeot, an ex-Renault, Ferrari and Tyrrell Formula 1 employee, unveiled the car – which aims to replicate F3 levels of performance – as FondTech's vision for an all-electric racing formula (scroll down for video of the announcement).
The car is the result of three years of design and development work carried out by FondTech, who have produced a 60 percent scale model on the back of extensive wind tunnel and CFD testing. Chassis manufacture has already begun and is expected to be completed by February 2012 at the latest, with FondTech estimating the car will achieve a 0-60mph time of around 3.2sec and have a top speed of around 150mph.
The design features a high driving position with the three lithium ion battery packs built into the chassis for safety reasons. It incorporates a low rear wing and sidepods that help reduce drag, which are possible due to the reduced need for cooling.
"The E-11 represents a significant leap forward in racecar design philosophy," Migeot declared. "With a reputation built on aerodynamics, this adventure into a new sphere of motorsport has allowed FondTech to develop a concept unencumbered by regulations.
"E-11 includes a number of innovative features like four-wheel drive, which we believe are essential to extracting the most potential from electric racing cars. I am hopeful the FIA will appreciate this pioneering spirit when framing their own regulations in the coming months."
The E-11 will be powered by three lithium-ion battery packs built into the chassis and situated directly underneath the driver.
Based on wind tunnel testing, FondTech believe the car will have around 70 percent of the downforce of a current F3 car and around 60 percent less drag.