Williams launches lightweight platform for electric sports cars

Williams launches lightweight platform for electric sports cars

The English company Williams Engineering launches its creation. A common platform called EVR serves as the basis for the development of electric sports cars. So anyone interested can turn to Williams…

We almost have a habit of saying that the electric car deals the cards again. Chinese products can focus on the presence in Europe, the Americans are coming back with a bang, and the “small” can hope to convince the big car groups. This is already the case with Rimac, which provides its solutions for many brands. The truth is that it is easier to develop electric power than a line of combustion engines, especially in the face of pollution control standards. This is what encourages other oil artists to go electric. WAE (Williams Advanced Engineering) unveils a common platform suitable for electric sports cars. Energy, weight maintenance at reasonable levels and battery improvements are on the agenda. It remains to be seen who the customers will be…

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It is possible to set up in a rear-wheel drive, or a four-wheel drive© WAE

WAE is already the exclusive supplier of the batteries that will be used by the racing models in the LMDh category, for endurance. WAE (which has Williams, the main name in F1, as its shareholder) has increased its fields of action since its creation in 2011, between cars, competition but also sea and air.

But there, it’s really a question of the car. Electricity. The platform called EVR is suitable for OEMs, i.e. factory-installed equipment from the manufacturer who can therefore use this technical base to develop “Targa-type convertibles, and GTs“. Currently, the platform is dedicated only to battery-powered electricity, but a hydrogen-oriented version of the EVR-H is in the pipeline. The features of the demonstration platform are interesting in any case:

  • 85 kWh battery (maximum of 240 Wh/kg, currently very high)
  • 20 minutes of charging to restore 450 kilometers of freedom
  • Gross vehicle weight less than 1800 kg (but in what configuration?)
  • Up to 1650 kW maximum power in a four-wheel drive (2240 ​​hp)
  • The possibility of having two (propulsion) or four-wheel drive
  • Theoretical top speed more than 400 km/h (never electric until now)

These characteristics are worthy of hypercars. It is WAE’s target audience that plans the first prototype in 12 months, and the launch of the production of a sports car based on the EVR system within 2 years.

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Posted on 09/08/2022 Updated 09/08/2022