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July 14, 2011 News
Industry News: KleenSpeed Prototype Sets New Electric Vehicle Lap Record at Laguna Seca
 

The KleenSpeed West EV-X11 lowered the electric vehicle lap record at Laguna Seca by four seconds during the 2011 ReFuel event (Photo: KleenSpeed)
The KleenSpeed West EV-X11 lowered the electric vehicle lap record at Laguna Seca by four seconds during the 2011 ReFuel event
(Photo: KleenSpeed)

The KleenSpeed Electric West EV-X11 car recently lowered the electric vehicle lap record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

As part of the annual ReFuel time trial event at Laguna Seca, the KleenSpeed prepared electric powered West prototype set a new bench mark around the 2.238-mile undulating road course in Northern California. With KleenSpeed Technologies president Tim Collins behind the wheel, the EV-X11 not only posted the fastest lap during the event, but shattered the previous lap record (1:42.5), set by KleenSpeed's prior model, the WX-10, via a quick lap of 1:38.858.

"The KleenSpeed EV-X11 was considerably faster than last year's car, with much better acceleration and overall speed due to the completely new KleenSpeed electric power system incorporating a more powerful UQM PowerPhase 145 electric motor and controller," stated Collins. "This new system is not only more powerful and sophisticated, it is also much lighter, which offers many additional benefits. The car was more responsive, had improved braking control, and created more G force in the corners adding grip.

"The EV-X11 is a unique thrill to drive and is truly the fastest electric track racing car in the world. This car is the result of three years of R&D and tireless effort of our KleenSpeed engineers, advisers and component sponsors. We have made incredible progress in that time. The car runs at full throttle and full braking with no heat or power limiting problems, and no performance degradation until it runs out of energy, which is about seven laps or 12 minutes with our patent-pending 15.4 kWh KleenSpeed ESS battery pack.

"We are just beginning to assess its potential, as we were only running at 65% of maximum torque to set this new record. We look forward to taking the EV-X11 to many other famous venues to establish new EV lap records and demonstrate the viability and incredible performance of KleenSpeed's EV technology."

KleenSpeed's EV-X11 race car features a complete proprietary drivetrain and power system, which has been continually developed and improved since they began development in 2008. Racing success validates the technologies, which KleenSpeed will transfer to practical, real-world EV solutions.

The EV-X11 is the latest generation of KleenSpeed race technology. In addition to the Refuel Event, KleenSpeed plan on setting new lap records at America's most famous racetracks via the KleenSpeed EV National Lap Record Challenge Series, building a new EV race car for the "Race to the Clouds" Pikes Peak Hill Climb, competing in all relevant EV Time Trials, and entering the international EV CUP series, starting in the U.S.A. this Fall.
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