Opel celebrates 50 years of the Elektro GT, which sets 6 world records

Opel celebrates 50 years of the Elektro GT, which sets 6 world records

April 27, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

The electric vehicle revolution is recent. That being said, the prospects for electromobility are far from new. A good example is the 1971 Opel Elektro GT record holder.

The car set 6 world records with the grandson of the founder of the company, Adam Opel, Georg von Opel, who piloted this model. In the same year that Apollo 15 went to the moon in an electric buggy, Georg von Opel set the following records.

Records were set thanks to a modified version of the sporty Opel GT. The two-seater car was produced from 1968 to 1973 and was equipped with a 1.1 or 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine with 67 and 102 hp. respectively.

Switching to electric traction actually helped the GT get more power. Opel equipped the car with two Bosch DC motors that continuously delivered 120 hp, but could provide a maximum output of 160 hp.

the main advantage of the production car was not its power, but its weight. Weighing only 940 kg with a large engine and 845 kg with a smaller engine, it was not only light but also beautiful.

To power these engines for longer records, Opel had to add 740kg nickel-cadmium batteries. They were located next to the driver, and their total weight was 1700 kg, which is twice as much as the lightest version of the production car.

In the meantime, to help drive with maximum efficiency, Continental has developed special high-pressure tires to reduce rolling resistance. The developers have removed bumpers, mirrors, door handles and air intakes to make the tires more aerodynamic.

As a result, the time of 40 km / h was 16.8 seconds. While not remarkable by today’s standards, it is an excellent indicator by the standards of the time. However, great progress has been made over the past 50 years. Even the rather pedestrian Opel Corsa-e accelerates to 100 km / h in 8.1 seconds. And the Elektro GT took 19.358 seconds to accelerate to 93 km / h.

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