The IM01 is our future Le Mans participant for 2021! Contrarily to the IM/e, this car is also built for endurance. The IM01 will be unique in the sense it will be the first fully electric race car ever competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the Garage 56 class, our innovative technologies can be applied to make the race car as fast and sustainable as possible!
Even though the IM01 is still in the engineering phase, a lot has already been done. We are proud to present you our research so far!
Banned in Formula 1 over 30 years ago, the fan system is returning to the IM01. It provides massive advantages over regular forms of aerodynamics. Using a high power fan, a sealed-off area underneath the car is subjected to a low pressure, causing the car to be sucked to the ground. This allows the IM01 to start quicker and go around bends much faster.
The IM01 will be equipped with an active suspension, to achieve perfect handling characteristics. Apart from optimizing the mechanical grip in corners, the active suspension also helps to control the angle of attack of the various wings and flaps.
The IM01 is packed with an electric powertrain. Each of the four wheels is powered by an individual electric motor, gaining advantage on an electric differential. In order to regain braking energy, KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) is used to charge super capacitors.
In order to achieve a perfect chassis, the IM01 features a monocoque base. The monocoque is made out of a composite sandwich, featuring an internal honeycomb structure. This ensures optimal strength while keeping overall weight to a minimum.
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