Melbourne - Ever wonder what supercars are going to be like in the future? As the gasoline engine becomes smaller and smaller due to tightening emissions regulations around the world, carmakers are going to have to lean on electric energy in a big way.
Manic V8 and V12 supercars might not exist in the next two decades, but the good news is that some car companies are already getting creative when it comes to high-performance (electric) motoring.
Holden, yes the brand that’s synonymous with V8 muscle cars in Australia, recently presented its design study for a Bugatti-thumping electric car that can reach a theoretical top speed of 480km/h.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Holden’s first win at Bathurst in 1968, General Motors’ Holden Design Team has explored the technological potential of the future through the ‘Time Attack Concept’ racer; conceived and executed entirely in-house at GM Holden (even though it may look like something that Pininfarina had a hand in making).
Unlike the conventional format of current supercars, the Holden Time Attack Concept racer is envisioned as a single-lap tear-away, pitted against the clock.
This type of racing is commonly known as Time Attack in motorsport circles.
The car was developed entirely virtually, using sophisticated simulation technology.
While it might not make it into production, bits and pieces of it might find its way into GM products in the coming years. Here’s a glimpse of the technology that’s packed into it, which you can expect to find in supercars of the future:
SPECIFICATIONS: Holden Time Attack Concept Racing Car
0-100km/h: 1.25 seconds
Top Speed: 480km/h
250kW Axial-Flux Electric Motor Drives x 4 (Inboard mounted)
Total output: 1000kW (1 Megawatt) and 3240Nm
Full programmable Torque Vectoring with individual Traction Control intervention at each corner
3-Speed Planetary Automatic Shift Gearboxes x 4
Ratios 1st 2.97:1, 2nd 1.7:1, 3rd 1:1 (First gear ratio enables 9620Nm total axle torque at launch)
Gearbox casing integrated into Chassis structure
Reconfigurable Graphene Hybrid Power Pack
1MW power output, 90MJ Usable Charge Capacity
Fast Recharge - Fully recharged in 90 seconds (1000kW, 800V, 1250A)
Carbon Hydraulic Discs x 4
Electrical Heating of pad and rotor in pits and on out-lap to conserve energy
Full Regenerative capability on all axles that can provide up to 2G braking force
Carbon Fibre composite with cellulose Honeycomb Core
Full Integrated safety cell and crash structure, utilising stressed powertrain components
Carbon double-wishbones all-round
Titanium CNC Upright mounts with bushed under-body mounts
Computer-controlled programmable ride-height adjustment with anti-dive, anti-squat, anti-roll
Carbon-Fibre and Kevlar composite panels with Polycarbonate Graphene Coating
Full Carbon Fibre and Kevlar composite quad-venturi underbody, with flexible co-moulded membranes at Body and Chassis junctions
18-inch racing slick tyres all round
18-inch Carbon-fibre composite rims
Active Wheel Fairings support low drag or brake cooling positions
ADDITIONAL COOL TECHNOLOGIES
Active Matrix Laser Units with yellow ‘Endurance’ Tint
LED Matrix display – programmable pixels
Augmented Reality Helmet with 3D graphics projected onto helmet visor to enable graphics overlay in real-time. (Technical information provided in addition to racing line and braking zone benchmarks)
Integrated full steering wheel inputs to control all mechanical and aerodynamic systems via presets
Telemetry and camera mast to enable constant uplink and data transmission (and in-car filming so that you can brag to friends).