Schaeffler has built a crazy new all-electric vehicle by adding a battery pack and 4 Formula E electric motors to an Audi RS3 in order to create a 880 kW all-electric racing car.

Simon Opel, Director Special Projects Motorsports at Schaeffler, says that the built the vehicle, which is called the “Schaeffler 4ePerformance”, as a “test laboratory”:

“For Schaeffler, this vehicle is a test laboratory on wheels thanks to its free scaling options for the drive power. We are currently testing and developing our own driving dynamics control system, which is based on physical vehicle and wheel modeling. We have been learning a lot especially in the area of software-based driving dynamics control systems”,

The German engineering and manufacturing group was already familiar with the Formula E motor through its involvement with Audi’s Formula E team.

But they went to a whole new level by putting four of them in a single car and each of which provides a power output of 220 kW.

It is also equipped with two battery packs with an overall capacity of 64 kWh for a modest range, but it’s enough for Schaeffler to perform its tests.

Simon Opel, Director Special Projects Motorsports at Schaeffler, commented:

“For Schaeffler, this vehicle is a test laboratory on wheels thanks to its free scaling options for the drive power. We are currently testing and developing our own driving dynamics control system, which is based on physical vehicle and wheel modeling. We have been learning a lot especially in the area of software-based driving dynamics control systems”,

Here are some specs that Schaeffler released about the vehicle:

  • Motors from the Abt Schaeffler FE01 Formula E racing car (season II)
  • Integration of four electric motors with a power output of 220 kW each (Pmax)
  • Overall power output of 880 kW (approx. 1,200 PS)
  • MGU with 320 Nm of peak torque
  • From 0 to 200 km/h in less than 7 seconds
  • Selective wheel drive
  • Battery capacity: 64 kWh
  • Concept and overall vehicle design: Schaeffler Technologies
  • Overall design and manufacturing of the gearbox: Schaeffler Engineering
  • Vehicle design: Schaeffler Technologies & ABT Sportsline
  • Motor and gearbox efficiency of approx. 95 percent under full-load conditions

They also released the following video:

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