RACC: Electric supercar Volar-e shows powerful capabilities
The capabilities of the Volar-e, one the most powerful electric cars ever made, were demonstrated at the Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona) on 28 February, in the presence of European Commission Vice President, Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship.
The Volar-e was built by the Spanish company Applus Idiada with up to 50% financing by European funds (RACC is participating as a project partner). It can reach a top speed of 300 km/h, and move from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, providing more than 1000 HP power. RACC President, Sebastian Salvado, and FIA Region I Director General, Jacob Bangsgaard, were also present.
The European Commission says that the one of the main objectives of the Volar-e is to address worries that hold consumers back from considering the possibility of purchasing an electric car, such as limited driving range and long charging time.
The design and construction of the Volar-e takes the main electro-mobility concerns into account. Light materials such as carbon fibre or aluminium, were used to reduce the weight of the car and increase its range while its aerodynamics were also optimized via computer simulation tools. In addition, the vehicle has been fitted with a fast charging system that enables battery charging in only 15 minutes, the time taken for an average break in a service station.
The public not only witnessed the Volar-e's racing abilities live, they were also able to follow and verify the main driving parameters of the vehicle - such as speed, acceleration and braking - using a software application specially developed for this event that could be downloaded via smartphone.
For those who could not attend the Circuit of Catalunya on the 28 February, a second public demonstration will take place the 10 March in Barcelona's Passeig de Colom.