Williams Superior Engineering (WAE), the previous know-how offshoot of the Williams System 1 staff, used this week’s Low Carbon Car Present within the U.Ok. to current the EVR, a modular electric-vehicle platform designed particularly for hypercar purposes.
The corporate in 2021 introduced an identical platform generally known as the EVX, which was developed to swimsuit a wide range of physique types and will assist outputs as excessive as 1,341 hp. The EVR is extra restricted within the sorts of automobiles it could actually assist, although its energy band runs as much as 2,212 hp.
Regardless of nonetheless being in improvement, the platform already has a buyer within the type of Deus. The Austrian startup in April introduced an electrical hypercar constructed across the EVR platform.
The EVR includes a light-weight composite construction that serves because the passenger cell, with the battery mounted behind it as an alternative of within the ground, like in most EVs on sale in the present day. Porsche took an identical route with its Mission R electrical race automobile idea unveiled in 2021. The design avoids the difficulty of getting a raised ground, whereas additionally replicating the acquainted weight distribution of a mid-engine automobile. The EVR has additionally been designed with no roof, guaranteeing it helps open-top physique types.
The battery is an 85-kwh unit that WAE claims ought to ship roughly 280 miles of vary, and each rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations are supported. The vary will rely largely on how the automobile is pushed. Making 0-60 mph acceleration runs in lower than 2.0 seconds and driving as much as the 248-mph high pace will definitely curb the vary dramatically.
WAE stated the EVR will be up to date over time as battery and electrical motor know-how improves. The corporate additionally has a model of the platform that helps a hydrogen gas cell stack as a spread extender.
Williams Superior Engineering EVR modular electrical automobile platform with gas cell vary extender
Whereas firms can order the platform as a rolling chassis, WAE additionally plans to supply a turnkey answer wherein the corporate can ship a working prototype inside 12 months of the challenge launch and a manufacturing automobile inside 24 months.
The Low Carbon Car Present runs till Sept. 8 on the U.Ok.’s Millbrook Proving Floor. WAE additionally used the occasion to current a modular battery system for EVs, in addition to a Triumph electrical bike prototype that includes one in all its powertrain designs.
WAE was break up off from the Williams F1 staff in January when it was acquired by Fortescue Metals Group, an Australian mining firm that intends to faucet the engineering firm’s experience for the event of eco-friendly freight trains, mining vans, and industrial heavy cell tools. Nevertheless, WAE plans to proceed providing its engineering providers to 3rd events, in addition to off-the-shelf options just like the EVX and new EVR platforms.