Perrinn developing electric car for Le Mans
10/31/2017  Gary Watkins

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Perrinn Project 424

British constructor Perrinn is developing what it is billing as the world's
fastest electric racing car as a step towards a Le Mans 24 Hours assault
inside 10 years.

Yorkshire-based Perrinn has launched its plan, dubbed Project 424, after
being forced to abandon development of a privateer LMP1 car for next year.

The company founded by former Williams Formula 1 engineer Nicolas Perrin is
developing the all-electric four-wheel-drive car out of its aborted P1
design and intends to demonstrate its performance on circuits around the

"We are planning to build the fastest electric racing car in the world and
prove it on different circuits, such as the Nurburgring-Nordschleife,"
Perrin told

"The target is to develop the car next year and start setting records in
2019. We want to show that an electric car can be as fast as an LMP1."

Perrin stressed that it was too early to think about taking an electric car
to Le Mans, even in the 'Garage 56' slot reserved for experimental

"I don't think that will be possible in the next few years, which is why we
have decided to go in this direction," he explained.

"It is going to take time for an electric car to race at Le Mans, but we
want to be ready for that moment.

"The performance is already there and the industry is pushing to increase
the speed of battery charging, which would allow electric cars to race at Le

"It's not going to take 10 years - I'm optimistic that it could happen in
five years, but it might take a little bit longer."

The all-electric Perrinn will have a power output of approximately 870bhp
and weigh around 1100kg.

The chassis design is being rejigged to take into account new cockpit safety
rules that were originally scheduled to come into force in 2018. Perrinn is
seeking funding for the new venture.

"We are looking for partners and also investors who are interested in taking
a percentage in the company," said the company founder.

Perrin first announced plans to build a privateer P1 in 2013, before
shelving the project.

It was revived at the beginning of this season and in May the company
announced plans to sell two cars to an undisclosed team for 2018, a deal
that subsequently fell over. 
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