Is Entropy Racing’s EVSR going to start a boom in electric racing? [w/video]
Sure, we’re seeing electric racing catch on with the likes of Formula E racing and it promises to be exciting to watch. But what about the rest of us who would like to get behind the wheel of an EV racer, but lack the necessary funds or skills to compete on the global stage? That’s where Entropy Racing‘s Electric Vehicle Sports Racer (EVSR) steps in.
The EVSR is a fully electric racecar designed to compete alongside internal combustion cars in track days, sprint races, hill climbs, autocross and the like. It is meant to be straightforward enough to be raced and maintained by the typical club racer, though Entropy Racing does provide support services for those who would like it. Once the company starts building the EVSR for public consumption (hopefully in 2015), it intends to prep and deliver to customers – even offering rental services, as it does with the gas-powered Entropy Sports Racer (ESR) – as well as provide coaching, event management, fabrication and “just about everything else a club racer could need.”
After 30-minute races at Pocono Raceway, the car still had charge to spare.
The EVSR borrows its chassis from its internal combustion cousin, the already-proven ESR. Power for the EVSR is supplied by two lithium ferrous phosphate high-voltage battery packs. The electric motor is good for 160 horsepower, with over 200 pound-feet of torque available from zero rpm. In terms of range, it depends on programming for each particular race, but Entropy said that after 30-minute races at Pocono Raceway, the car still had charge to spare.
Entropy has already started racing two examples of the EVSR (named “Sparky” and “Fritz”), with an overall 8th place finish the SCCA Chasing The Dragon Hill Climb, a wheel-to-wheel race against internal combustion cars at Pocono Raceway, an entry at the Autocross at Carlisle Imports and Kits and demo races at an IMSA event at Lime Rock Park (with four-time Rolex Daytona 24 Hour winner Andy Lally at the wheel). Later this month, the EVSR is set to become the first fully electric vehicle to compete at the Mt. Washington Climb To The Clouds hill climb. With Tim O’Neill of Team O’Neil Rally School at the helm of EVSR #2 (“Fritz”), that should be a race to pay attention to.
Goals for the EVSR go beyond simply competing alongside cars with internal combustion mills. Entropy Racing hopes to have its own one-make racing series with a full field of EVSRs. This, the company hopes, will open the door to more 100-percent electric racing for the mainstream racer, but also fuel further research and development of electric cars. I can’t help but feel the same way, because, as Entropy puts it, “Safe, dependable and environmentally friendly is all good … but fast is fun, too!” Check out the EVSR website for more information, and look below to see the video of the EVSR in action at the SCCA Dragon Hill Climb.