EV West reveals its electric Bmw M3 for Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 23, 2012

At the Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb this year, the electric vehicles will be some of the most watched and anticipated vehicles. The division includes entries such as a full-race spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV and a Nissan Leaf. For the competition, the electric vehicle conversion specialist EV West is making the 1995 BMW M3.

There’s now a teaser video on YouTube with NASCAR celebrity driver Boris Said maneuvering the vehicle. This clip shows that the m3 is presently generating about 400 hp.

However, EV West (the company making the car) pledges that it will be nearer to 700 hp by the time the race nears. The video demonstrates several underhood shots of the car and what seem to be twin air intakes.

The M3 is a full electric vehicle so its intakes are for the electric motor’s cooling system. There isn’t any actual combustion taking place underhood but electric motors continue to generate heat. Heat would of course decrease performance just like in ICE-powered cars. There’s now a video of the electrified M3 but you’re going to have to wait for the car to be launched in full race livery.

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