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Delta Motorsport Launches 150mph Electric Car

3-5-2011
Delta Motorsport, a highly innovative UK engineering consultancy based at the Silverstone Circuit, has designed and built the battery-electric Delta E-4 Coupé from the ground - up. Delta's focus on light weight and high-efficiency systems means that the stylish two-door coupe has a range of 200 miles on a single charge and yet can accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than five seconds. 

The company, which was founded in 2005 by Simon Dowson and Nick Carpenter, has considerable experience in the motor sport and mainstream automotive sectors as well as other high performance engineering and clean technology projects.

Dowson says: "We became involved with the design of hybrid and electric vehicles because they share many of the engineering challenges associated with motor sport - light weight parts, aerodynamic efficiency and innovative packaging solutions. We've had to re-think road cars from the beginning, looking at low cost composite structures, system efficiencies and novel occupant packaging."

The key to the E-4 Coupé's impressive performance and range is the integration of all these technologies into a single vehicle:

* The carbon composite chassis, designed by Delta and manufactured by KS Composites, weighs just 85kg - 2/3 less than a comparable steel structure despite being designed to pass EU crash tests.
* The high performance direct-drive electric motors were designed in partnership with Oxford University and spin-out Oxford YASA Motors and produce well over 600Nm of torque and over 120hp each while only weighing 23kg.
* The low, sporty seating position with the batteries mounted under the floor means that the car handles superbly but it also helps reduce aerodynamic drag.

Development of the car was supported by a grant for research and development by the Regional Development Agency for the East Midlands area, EMDA. Five vehicles have been produced for the Technology Strategy Board Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Program, the vehicles are part of the EEMS Accelerate consortium which aims to showcase high performance electric vehicles with cutting edge British design and engineering.

Delta Motorsport will launch the Delta E-4 Coupé officially on Monday 9 May 2011 commencing at 10.30am. The launch will be at the impressive new Stowe Circuit complex, Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire (NN12 8GX) and there will be opportunities for test drives.

The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. 

Written for Delta Motorsport. 

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