The greening of racing is inevitable. There is always a place in my heart for 8,000 horsepower dragsters, but I’m just as excited about electric racers. The latest iteration of the Green GT racer could lead the way.
Last year Swiss company GreenGT unveiled its Twenty-4 electric race car. With 100kW of power from each of the two electric motors, the original Twenty-4 had a peak output of around 270 horsepower. The major upgrade to the new Twenty-4 is, quite simply, more power. With 300 kW, or over 400 horsepower, the new GreenGT race car is simply superior to the predecessor. It also has new torque vectoring software to dole out the power on an as-needed basis in the corners, and a more powerful liquid-cooled battery.
The Twenty-4 is so named because the hope of GreenGT is to build an electric car that can run in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, pretty much the ultimate car race. Figuring out (or creating) a class for the Twenty-4 to compete in could be a problem, as vehicles are divided up by a number of parameters, including production model, engine size, so on and so forth.
Another problem, obviously, is that its an electric vehicle with limited range and a long recharge time. The winning Audi team from 2010’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was in the pits for just 20 minutes total throughout the entire 24 hour race. There isn’t time to recharge an electric car, so obviously they’d need some kind of quick battery-swap system.
It can, and will be done one day. Whether GreenGT’s dreams ever move beyond the prototype phase or not, electric cars will take to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in our lifetime. Who knows, maybe they’ll even win.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.