In the past weekend the InMotion student team, which is supported by Kumho, set up a new electric circuit record on the Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands. The IM / e improved with its time of 1.48.371 the previous record by more than 16 seconds.
Breaking lap records! The team has been working for 18 months. Part of this vision now is reality. The IM / e, currently probably the fastest full electric race car in the world, holds the current record for electrically powered driving on the 4.32 kilometer circuit in the Dutch Zandvoort. After successful tests at the beginning of 2017 the Dutch driver Beitske Visser set a new best time on the last Whitsunday Day.
“It was fun setting the record and hopefully it won’t be beaten for a while. The team will develop the car even further so hopefully we can go even faster,” Visser told after the record. “The car feels like any other, but the experience is different because you hear the wind. The handling of the car is good and it has a lot of torque, which is fun. At the straight we reached 240 km/h.”
“The team has worked so hard in the past years and then finally we reached this moment: we’ve got the record”, team manager Bram Hooimeijer said. “The car set a terrific performance and we know it can go even faster. So we continue to optimise the setup and will be improving the powertrain. And with this knowledge we will develop the IM01. With this vehicle we want to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.“
The ambition of the young racing team is a start in the garage 56 class for technical innovations at the legendary 24h race of Le Mans. On that way, InMotion and Kumho set an intermediate stop at the Nürburgring – here is also the goal, beat the electric redord.
All experience with the full-electric IM/e will then flow into a new hybrid car. With the IM01, the Dutch want to finally brake the Nürburgring record of 6: 11.13 minutes set by Stefan Bellof in 1983 for the 20.8 kilometer long north loop. If this hurdle is taken, Le Mans is nothing more in the way. Kumho supports the team on this path.
Technical details of IM/e
With two high-performance engines that pull their 557 horsepower (410 kW) from a 200 kg battery pack, the IM/e reaches a top speed of 280 km/h and achieves the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in three seconds. With Kumho racing tyres from the ECSTA family excellent handling is guaranteed.