The KleenSpeed EV-X11 electric race car was driven by Kevin Mitz of Rennwerks Motorsports in the Open Prototype class during the ReFuel 2012 event. The car beat its previous record by more than six seconds, for a new EV record lap time of 1 minute, 32.046 seconds on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
In addition to setting a new lap time record, the KleenSpeed EV-X11 took first place in the Open Prototype class, beating a Tesla Model S Prototype and other vehicles. It also had the fastest lap time of all competitors in all classes.
The KleenSpeed EV-X11 electric race car is aided by aerodynamic down force, and powered by a UQM PowerPhase Select 145 electric motor and controller system.
“The performance of the KleenSpeed EV-X11 electric race car validates the disruptive technology of the KleenSpeed genESSsys™ Race energy storage systems,” said Tim Collins, president of KleenSpeed Technologies. “The UQM PowerPhase electric motor and controller are a great match for our system, making efficient use of the available power and requiring minimal space in the vehicle.”
ReFuel is the leading open competition for electric vehicles held in the United States with classes for EV prototypes, EV production vehicles, EV conversions and several classes of electric motorcycles. ReFuel 2012 had a considerably larger roster of entrants than in 2011 including the Yokahama Blue Earth HER-02 – the EV Class champion at the 2011 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, a large contingent of TESLA Roadsters and an “unofficial” group of TESLA S Pre-Production sedans, a race-Prepped CODA sedan, numerous Nissan Leafs and several BMW Active E sedans. The motorcycle category was led by Brammo’s Empulse TTXGP bike and various ZERO models with a full field of privateer entries as well. CODA also held a CODA Driving Experience event.