Sunday, May 25, 2008

ERA - Electric RaceAbout Based on Audi R8

Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia in cooperation with Lahti Polytechnic Institute of Design in Finland, has drafted a carbon fiber, lithium-ion powered sports car with a few components which are based on the Audi R8 which is known as ERA.

The electric powered sports car, ERA – Electric RaceAbout, will compete in the Automotive X Prize where participants are required to build and race a commercially viable 100 mpg vehicle.

The ERA will be powered by a Li-Ion battery packet technology powering all 4 wheels and able to accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds with the top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).

With a single charge, the ERA is expected to be able to be driven for 300 km (186 miles) while the target weight of the car is set at 1,250 kg (2,755 lb).

The designers are also hoping that the ERA could be produce on a small scale just like the other 11 research vehicles that were already been produced.

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