ELECTRIC VEHICLE
CASE STUDIES
ELECTRIFICATION SINCE 1997

FROM PERFORMANCE TO EFFICIENCY

ELECTRIFICATION SUCCESS

Zytek has been a pioneer of electric vehicles since 1997 when we created a full electric car based on the Lotus Elise.

Since then, notable successes include our drivetrains that powered the world’s fastest two wheel drive road-going electric vehicle around the Nürburgring, and the world’s most efficient road car.

Our work with Audi on the R8 e-Tron helped to develop a road going sports car which still holds the record for the world’s fastest two wheel drive road-going electric vehicle around the Nürburgring. 

We were also lucky enough to work with the pioneering Gordon Murray Design on the T.27, which is considered to be the world’s most efficient car.

In this section we present a number of our electric road vehicle projects that have pushed boundaries in many different ways.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CASE STUDIES

AUDI R8 E-TRON

Appointed by Audi, Zytek developed the key electrification technology for this existing sports roadcar platform, the outcome was a Nürburgring record for a two wheel drive electric road vehicle.

GORDON MURRAY T.27

With a £4.5m UK government backed investment, we were selected by Gordon Murray to develop an ultra-efficient powertrain, resulting in a system 45% lighter than today’s production EV’s and “the world’s most efficient electric car”.

SMART FORTWOS

Setting new benchmarks in the electric vehicle sector, the 55kW drivetrain produces a top speed of 120km/h. The award-winning drivetrain integrates the electric motor, power and control electronics into one compact assembly.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We developed from scratch a brand new lightweight 25kW electric motor, control system and battery that are all fully integrated, to ensure that maximum efficiency.

For more information see the Gordon Murray T.27 case study.

With the Audi R8 e-Tron, we had the opportunity to develop the electric engine, gearbox and inverter in parallel, which in turn allowed vehicle electrical losses to be minimised, which in turn maximised both performance and range.

For more information see the Audi R8 e-Tron case study.

The electric engine was located in the rear of the vehicle, replacing the combustion engine, and the battery unit is positioned centrally in the car’s underbody.

For more information see the Smart EV Case Study.

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