Opel is celebrating 50 years of its record-breaking modified Elektro GT that was method forward of its time in phrases of utilizing battery-electric energy. The Elektro GT shattered six world records for battery-electric vehicles with Georg von Opel, grandson of the company’s founder Adam Opel, behind the wheels.
The records had been set by a modified model of sporty Opel GT that was produced from 1968 to 1973. The two-seater was powered by a 1.1 or a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that churned out 67 hp and 102 hp respectively.
Opel added two Bosch DC motors to the automobile that produced 120 HP repeatedly however might peak the output to 160 hp. Switching to electrical propulsion made the GT produce extra energy.
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Further, the load of the car was elevated by including 4 nickel-cadmium batteries beside and behind the motive force. With 280 cells, the batteries added 590 kg to the 960 kg of the manufacturing GT, totalling 1,550 kg. To to energy the motors for longer records, Opel added 740 kg price of nickel-cadmium batteries extra.
Modifications to the bodywork included closing all air intakes and retailers on the entrance, a flat bonnet with out the manufacturing GT’s attribute bulge for the carburettor, the removing of bumpers, mirrors and door handles, in addition to the entire stripping of the engine and passenger compartments.
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Continental particularly developed particular high-pressure tyres to scale back rolling resistance on the car so that it might transfer as effectively as doable. All of this resulted in a quarter-mile time of 16.8 seconds.
Back then, Opel’s first battery-electric car ‘Elektro GT’ demonstrated that an EV might match the pace of a up to date sports activities automobile. Today, 50 years later, the excessive efficiency car has morphed into the Opel Corsa-e which is succesful of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds in addition to overlaying as much as 337 km within the WLTP1 cycle on a single cost.