Williams Unveils Flexible BEV Hypercar Platform

Williams Advanced Engineering has unveiled its platform designed for builders of high performance BEV hypercars.

Its EVR platform is focused on the growing electric hypercar sector, with a lightweight composite structure that mounts the high-performance battery system in the middle of the vehicle, optimizing center of gravity. The platform claims to support a range of electric hypercar configurations, from track-only vehicles where power-to-weight is maximized to roadgoing models, both open-roof Targa and fixed-roof GT architectures. This is made possible by the architecture’s central tub which has been designed to allow maximum flexibility, including open roof design, while still featuring the very latest performance technology such as active aerodynamics.

With a 85kWh battery and peak power of 2,212bhp, EVR enables sub-2.0secs 0-62mph acceleration and a top speed more than 248mph with a vehicle mass less than 1,800kg (3,960lbs), along with fast-charging capability of sub-20mins and a range in excess of 279 miles. All-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive layouts are supported through multiple e-motor configurations. WAE is targeting delivery of a first EVR-based prototype within 12 months from project kick-off to delivery of a first production vehicle in 24 months.

The platform is also ready for a hydrogen future with an EVR-H fuel cell variant also being developed to deliver the equivalent performance of a pure BEV platform but powered by green H2. Paul McNamara, Williams Advanced Engineering technical director, said: “EVR combines WAE’s exceptional expertise in motorsport-bred lightweight, composite structures and high-performance battery powertrains with our knowledge in developing and delivering electric vehicle programs. It rapidly accelerates high performance electrification offering a turnkey solution for both start-ups and OEMs with an affordable business case, reduced time to market and a highly flexible architecture.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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