A lightweight electric motor designed by the Electronic Power Group at Oxford University is to be used by Silverstone Technology Park-based Delta Motorsport in a new four-seat coupe, with track tests scheduled for the end of 2009.
The motor design is suitable for high-torque applications and can be used in both small and large machines.
The motor used in this automotive application weighs just 13kg but delivers a peak torque of 130Nm and peak power of about 50kW.
Simulations show that the same motor is capable of achieving a peak torque of more than 200Nm and a peak power of more than 150kW.
The motor could also be applied to regenerative braking systems within hybrid vehicles, for example, or wind turbines without the requirement for direct drive gearboxes.
Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company for the university, is managing the intellectual property and commercial agreements for the electric motor project.
To see the motor’s developer Dr Malcolm McCulloch discuss the motor and the future of vehicle technology, click here.