Panoz and Green4U’s GT-EV Lets Battery Sit Beside Driver
Panoz, the American sports car builder is working on developing an experimental endurance racing car. It’s latest car GT-EV is being developed in partnership with Panoz’s parent company, Green4U. Although the EV lacks the fascination that came with the Deltawing, it still has its unique feature to cover for it.
One of the features that seem unique is the driving position. Instead of sitting in the middle of the car like in the case of most racing cars, in a GT-EV, the driver will sit on the left side of the racing car. The idea behind it is a bit peculiar, as the battery pack is kept on the right side of the car. The reasons for it seem reasonable though, as by having the driver along with the battery helps maintain balance while not putting the battery underneath the driver helps keep the car’s height low.
Another feature of the GT-EV that makes it stand out is the easily removable battery pack. The battery pack will be easy to swap in the pit stop, thus decreasing the time spent in the pit stop. It is likely the region for the GT-EV’s asymmetric design, as the car has just enough space for a large battery space on the side that faces towards the pit garage for quick swapping.
Green4U and Panoz have released the target final specifications, and the car is still in development. The aim for the racing car is to have dual electric motors that can provide around 536 to 600 horsepower to the four wheels. The car is likely to be around 2,200 and 2,750 pounds in weight.
The companies also have plans to get the car top speed to around 290 km/h. The car’s battery is to be made so that the car can cover 140-180 km between a battery swap at the pit going at the race speeds.
The two companies are serious in their plans to get the cars onto the racetrack, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans event. They’ll be vying for the Garage 56 slot at the Le Mans. The Garage 56 is the slot that is reserved for the experimental race cars.
In future, there will also be a street legal version.