Car (South Africa) - - FEATURE -

If you think the elec­tric fu­ture of pow­er­trains is a dull one, think again. For a demon­stra­tion run, Honda brought its all-elec­tric, Pikes Peak racer that came third over­all in 2016. In fu­ture, elec­tric ve­hi­cles will dom­i­nate the event, be­cause no power is lost with the in­crease in al­ti­tude, un­like in­ter­nal­com­bus­tion en­gines that suf­fer a de­crease in per­for­mance. The Acura Nsx-based four-mo­tor EV Con­cept has an elec­tric mo­tor driv­ing each wheel, and with a total sys­tem out­put of 746 kw, driver Tet­suya Ya­mano demon­strated a full-bore ac­cel­er­a­tion run from stand­still and the way it gained speed de ed be­lief. The whine of the four elec­tric mo­tors in com­bi­na­tion with the rush­ing air ow over the ve­hi­cle body at speed sounded like a pri­vate jet tak­ing off. Just to show the fun fac­tor con­nected to elec­tric ve­hi­cles, Ya­mano ended with strangely silent, four-wheel dough­nut drifts, rub­ber protest­ing loudly.

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