Extreme E, the all-electric racing series Formula E’s sister sport series, had taken to Goodwood Festival of Speed to reveal its new electric SUV called Odyssey 21. The vehicle was built by French manufacturer Spark Racing Technology, the same company responsible for the Formula E Gen1 and Gen2 race cars. The vehicle is engineered to take on the toughest and most varied environments on the planet.
Driving the Odyssey 21 E-SUV is an electric drive system producing a total of 400 kW (550 HP) and 950 Nm (700 lb-ft) of torque that is capable of propelling the 1,650 kilograms (3,637 lbs), 4.4-meter (14.4-foot) long, 2.3-meter (7.5-foot) wide and 1.9-meter (6.2-foot) tall off-road EV from 0-62 in just 4.5 seconds.
Now, perhaps 4.5 seconds may not sound like insanely quickly, but mind you, it can do that at gradients of up to 130 percent. Well, that’s electric drive for you. Details of the battery system is not known, but we hear that it was developed by Williams Advanced Engineering.
Other notables include niobium-reinforced steel alloy tubular frame, 385 mm (15 inches) of suspension travel, double wishbone with 3-way adjustable mono damper, hydraulic bump and rebound stop, six-pod Alcon caliper, electric power steering system, and massive 940 mm (37 inches) tires specifically engineered by Continental Tyres.
Testing of the Odyssey 21 will begin in September, with delivery of 12 units from Spark Racing Technology in March 2020. Extreme E opening race is expected to happen early 2021. For those who aren’t aware, Extreme E is born out of the desire to “highlight the impact of climate change on some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems, and promote the adoption of electric vehicles to help preserve the environment and protect the planet.”
All images courtesy of Extreme E.