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Plug-In Dakar Off-Road Racer Places in Top 100

Latvian-built OSCar eO was equipped by 52kWh Winston Battery lithium battery pack.

Published: 26-Jan-2012

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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