Engineering consulting group Altran and the Quimera Project have signed a new agreement to invest in the continued development and construction of electric racing vehicles. Quimera Responsible Racing (QRR) is a global R&D endeavor that focuses on motor sport’s role as a test bed for the automotive sector.
As part of the new agreement, Altran plans to enhance its Excellence Centre for New Automotive, a hub for EV development, with an R&D budget of 4 million euros.
QRR will soon present the AEGT Evo2, an electric racing car designed and built by Quimera, in collaboration with Dutch designer Sabino Leerentveld, with technical supervision by Altran. The AEGT features a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, and a powertrain delivering up to 700 bhp (522 kW). Three 231 bhp (172 kW) UQM electric motors deliver torque of more than 1,000 N·m (738 lb-ft). Top speed is 300 km/h (186 mph), with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds. The racer uses high power Lithium Polymer battery packs from the South Korean firm EIG.
Previous project vehicles included the GT-AEGT and the Drift Car-AEDC, both presented in 2012.
“After almost three years of our partnership in several strategic and technology development projects, now it is time to boost them, increasing the resources that Altran is dedicating to the development of the Quimera Responsible Racing vehicles,” said Altran’s Alfonso Martinez. “This partnership is aligned with our strategy to evolve our internal R&D program. QRR projects combine our passions for racing technologies and sustainability.”