Kaufland e-Rally Team officially inaugurated the first racing electric car in Romania. Presented at Braşov during the final stage of the CNVC, it will lay the cornerstone of a Electricity Group in the 2019 season of the national speedboat championship.
Although it was already present as a pioneer of three rally stages and seven Coast Speed, the electric car piloted by Sorin Ghisoi was officially presented with the final approval of the Coast Speed SuperRally and Super Rally Circuit, on the eve of the CNVCD 2018 final final, the Opel Trophy, organized by Mihai Leu in Brasov. For those who have not reached the edge of the 2018 season, it’s a VW Golf GTi in which the powertrain has been replaced by an electric unit specially designed and tuned to meet the rigors of racing such as Coast Speed , SuperRally and Circuit. Created on the idea of pilot Sorin Ghisoi by the technical team of Cox e-Motorsport – coordinated by the French engineer Mark Areny, the first electric rally car in Romania is supported by Kaufland Romania.
“Kaufland Romania is actively involved in social responsibility projects with direct benefits to communities. Every year, we invest over 5 million euros in all projects that run alongside NGOs. Three years ago, we set out to make the first network of charging stations for electric cars so that anyone can easily cross the West from east to an electric car. The objective was reached in less than 3 years, managing in partnership with Renovaţio, the routes Constanta – Bucharest – Sibiu – Timişoara – Arad and Bucharest – Ploieşti – Brasov – Târgu Mureş – Cluj Napoca – Oradea. Starting from this route, we have expanded the number of loading stations in the Kaufland storehouses, currently offering over 60 charging stations in 23 locations”, said Andrei Secrețianu from Kaufland Romania.
“For me, the Kaufland e-Rally Team story began with the questioning of my eight-year-old boy who wanted to know how racing cars will look like in the future. I stayed and thought for a moment and told him that they would be electric, especially because now we have many more possibilities and free charging points in the store parking. It has over 50 km of autonomy in the contest mode, that is 3-4 climbs at coastal speed competitions.
If you see a car like ours on the street, maybe you do not notice the difference, but in speed competitions you can not notice the absence of noise and pollution.” said Sorin Ghisoi, Coast Speed Champion.
“Our goal is to design electric power cars. I know well that Sorin Ghisoi wants not only an eco car, but one that is performing. I am convinced that I can and I think we have already proved this. Being not Romanian, it may seem strange that I am proud of the fact that there is much to be done in Romania. I thank those who have trusted us, Kaufland Romania and Cox e-Motorsport and especially my team composed of experts from several countries, such as Ireland, UK, France, Moldova, etc.” said Mark Areny – designer EV Romania.
The electric engine chosen by Mark Areny, designer EC Romania, generates in the current setting a maximum output of 300 hp / 1000-10,000 rpm and engine torque of 300 Nm / 0-15,000 rpm. Theoretically, the engine can reach a maximum speed of 20,000 rpm, but the efficiency drops too much to exceed 18,000 rpm. The maximum speed is 170 km / h at about 15,000 rpm and the acceleration of 0-100 km / h is achieved in just over 6 seconds. Being a competition car, all these values may vary by a few percent – depending on the choice of tires and the suspension setting. Without a gearbox, the engine transmits power directly to the wheels, and one of the improvements planned for the next season is the installation of a limited slip differential.
As a result of the heat-electric conversion and of the street car in the competition car, the first Romanian electric car reached the weight of 1.290 kg (only 50 kg more than the donor GTi), with a mass distribution of 780 kg on the front axle and 510 kg on the rear axle. Being a car prepared for competitions, the engine benefits from oil cooling and the inverter and battery are water-cooled. The 16 kWh accumulator battery provides a range of up to 50 km of running time and requires a charging time of 2-3 hours when coupled to a 6.6 kW outlet.