GKN Driveline provides power for winner of the electric division at Pikes Peak
DETROIT, July 9, 2013
DETROIT, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GKN EVO eDrive Systems' eMotor powered
Team APEV to victory in the electric division of the recent 91st ^ annual
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Despite wet weather conditions Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima completed the course
in 9.46.530 minutes, setting a new electric-vehicle record in the Monster
GKN Driveline partnered with three of the seven racing teams in the electric
division of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - a long-standing Colorado
Springs tradition. Covering a distance of 12.42 miles, the course begins at
9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit. (The 2013 event took place
on Sunday, June 30.)
The 2013 eRunner features GKN EVO axial flux motor technology which offers
outstanding power and torque density. Michael Lamperth, chief technical
officer of GKN EVO eDrive Systems, supported the team during week-long
preparations in Colorado.
"It has been a privilege to work with the team here and to see our motor
technology be part of the success of Tajima in these extremely hard
conditions," he said. "The very high power density of our motor technology is
instrumental for the development of high performance electric and hybrid
powertrains not only for racing but also for wider applications."
Second place went to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, driven by Hiroshi Masuoka. The
GKN Driveline Multiplate Limited Slip Differential (LSD) fitted in the front
and rear axle of the EV-4AWD gave better control on the bends and prevented
the vehicle from slipping on the wet track.
For the second year GKN partnered with last year's winner --Toyota Motorsport
GmbH (TMG) -- supplying two eMotors, one to power each rear wheel. This year
the TMG EV P002, driven by Rod Millen, took fourth place in the electric
John McLuskie, product & business development director, GKN Driveline, said
"We are delighted that GKN technology is heavily featured again in this year's
event. GKN Driveline's eDrive solutions are centered on continuous improvement
of vehicle efficiency, performance and dynamics, providing optimised solutions
for all electric driveline systems."
About GKN Driveline
GKN Driveline is the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline
components and systems. As a global company serving the world's leading
vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an
extensive range of automotive driveline components – for use in the smallest
ultra low-cost car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle demanding the
most complex driving dynamics.
GKN Driveline is a leading global producer of CVJ Systems, AWD Systems, Trans
Axle Solutions and eDrive Systems and operates in 22 countries at 56 locations
employing 22,000 people.
In 2011 GKN Driveline entered into a partnership with EVO Electric, a UK based
pioneer in advanced electric drive solutions. This new venture – GKN EVO
eDrive Systems – enables GKN Driveline to manufacture and sell electric motors
and integrated eDrive systems, based on EVO's axial flux motor technology, for
use in hybrid and all-electric vehicles.
About the GKN Group
GKN plc is a global engineering business serving mainly the automotive,
aerospace and land systems markets. It has operations in more than 35
countries, around 48,000 employees in subsidiaries and joint ventures and had
sales of £6.9 billion in the year to 31 December 2012. GKN plc is listed on
the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN).
SOURCE GKN Driveline
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