Drayson Racing, a British race team that competes in the American Le Mans Series, hopes to soon begin to test a technology that will allow its race cars to charge themselves as they run around the race tracks.
The “on-the-go” or “dynamic” charging would allow the drivers of electric vehicle to race comfortably without the risk of running out of power in the middle of a race or of a risky manoeuvre.
The idea is to embed power strips under the track so the cars can wirelessly recharge themselves while they circle around. It is an idea of HaloIPT’ a London-based charging company working in collaboration with the Drayson Racing team and the University of Auckland, in New Zealand.
“This is a milestone innovation that will have a dramatic effect not just on racing but on the mainstream auto industry. We’re looking forward to putting this technology through its paces as it charges electric race cars at speeds of up to 200 mph,” said the team’s co-founder Lord Paul Drayson.
HaloIPT hopes to start testing the prototype in Auckland within a year and within a race team around September 2012. There is no saying yet how expensive it would be to adapt a race track to this specific technology.