We have a goal to reduce electric charging times to the speed it takes to refuel a petrol car and to show that this is possible, in 2023 we will be joining Garage 56 of Le Mans. Solving this charging problem means we need to look to the future. However, it is also important to also remember oneâ€™s origins and the past.Â Â
HOW IT ALL BEGAN; the Ignition
In 2009, three students from Hogeschool Utrecht decided to compete in the Formula Student competition. However, they soon found out that none of them would fit in the small formula student car. That is why they built a full circuit formula car, the Ignition as a minor and their graduation project. At the time the Ignition was the first Bio-ethanol race car in the Netherlands; it represented eco-friendliness and cheap racing.
After graduating, one of the group members pursued his study at Eindhoven University of Technology. Shortly afterward, InMotion was created by Albert Maas and 9 fellow students, with a dream to create the most innovative racing car in the world. Along came the plan to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the perfect platform to showcase such thrilling technology like fully electric racing.
To see more about our origin story, watch the video! The others parts are on our YouTube channel, in which the full story can be seen.
After the design of the Vision was made, it became clear that we needed an intermediate step. It was important to obtain knowledge, experience, and a network as not to bite off more than we could chew. Therefore, we first built the Fusion, our first fully electric formula car.
The construction of the Fusion started in the academic year 2014-2015. The chassis was being designed and created to, eventually, be unveiled in October 2015. During that period, we contacted a substantial number of partners; we received 3D printed titanium components for the car, and the ECU development with ICT had begun. In October 2015 we unveiled the Fusion to the public, but there was still a lot of work before the car you know it as today was complete.
After the powertrain and low voltage systems were finished n January 2017, it was finally time to show our next achievement: a driving Fusion! This happened during our 2017 partner event were Nick Catsburg was our driver. We were all very delighted with the result. At that moment, we could hardly imagine what would happen next.
On June the 4th 2017, only four months after the first drive, we broke the electric lap record on Circuit Zandvoort! Beating our colleagues from Delft by a stunning 16 seconds! Beitkse Visser, our record driver, set the new record at 1:48:371.
Barely two months later, on July the 15th, we surprised the world again by breaking another electric lap record! This time, our driver Xavier Maassen set the new record at 1:42:641 on Circuit Zolder. We were no less than 19 seconds faster than the previous holder!
On July the 21st 2018, one year later, we got another record in our pocket! This time, we set the electric lap record at TT Circuit Assen. With an incredible time of 1:43:059, it will be tough for future electric cars to beat. For this record, we had a new driver: Jeroen Mul.
After the completion and success of the Fusion, it was time to return to our original goal. With the new knowledge we had gathered with the Fusionâ€™s creation and an expanding team of more than fifty members, it was now time work towards our endurance car. In early 2018 the work commenced in order to create the Vision, the visualization of the original design Albert Maas had created more than 5 years ago. It was a secret only teased to the public, a secret we revealed in September 2018 along with the new team goal. With new corporate branding, and a new goal we suited up to take on the challenges that came ahead. Our goal is to solve the single problem that still keeps people from using an electric vehicle: charging times. The target is to reduce the charging times to the same amount of time it takes to refuel a petrol car; electric refueling. We will showcase the potential of electric refueling by joining in the Garage 56 class during the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a fully electric endurance race car in 2023. At this moment, we are developing our next car & charging system.
To be continued...
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