Plug-In Dakar Off-Road Racer Places in Top 100
In the world of rallies, there are the Camel Trophy, Pikes Peak and the Paris Dakar that truly test the endurance capacity of man and vehicles. A plug-in hybrid, PHEV finishes in the top 100.
The plug-in hybrid OSCar eO off-roader racer is built and designed by the Latvian company OSC with racing in mind. The team’s goal was to start and finish the Paris-Dakar, while being fully supported by the Latvian government and win the category for alternative energy vehicles.
Technically Speaking. Sporting impressive numbers, the plug-in hybrid has regenerative braking capacity and uses an electric motor rated at 150 kW nominal output and 235 kW peak power. Its nominal torque is 300 ft-lbs torque and peaks at 600 ft-lbs. Using a permanent magnet generator giving a nominal 60 kW, it is driven by a Nissan V6 packing over 63 gallons in a race safety fuel cell. All of this helps the OSCar eO achieve daily an average close to 500 miles, backed by a 52 kWh Winston Battery lithium ion battery pack. The OSCar eO was able to reach 90 mph and finish the Dakar rally in both Africa and South America.
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