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DIY Eco Race Cars

The Westfield iRacer is the World's First Racing EV Kit Car

— March 13, 2013 — Autos
The Westfield iRacer is the world's first EV kit race car. (A kit car is a type of car that ships in pieces and is assembled by the buyer). The speedy eco car was created by England's Birmingham City University and Westfield Sportscars. It is designed solely for racing and can hit an electronically limited top speed of 115 mph and can also do 130-to-145 mph when not limited.

The Westfield iRacer weighs in at 1,700 pounds and is powered by two 132 horsepower motors mounted to each of the rear wheels. A unique feature of the iRacer is its boost button. This button allows the motors to work at nearly full strength at the cost of a kilowatt-hour of battery life for every 18 seconds of boost. The Westfield iRacer sells for $20,850 sans powetrain and batteries, both of which should drive the EV's price up considerably when added to the final total.
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