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Trevor Collett | Mar, 17 2014 | 3 Comments

An ex-Tesla employee and an entrepreneur have announced plans to develop an EV race car, and both men are from Australia.

Rudi Tuisk is Tesla’s former Chief Technician in Europe and Asia, currently based in Sydney, while Simon Hackett is the founder of internet service provider Internode. He was also the first person to purchase a Tesla in Australia.

The pair plan to develop an all-electric powered racer by the end of this year, and demonstrate its capability at exhibition races in Europe and Asia.

The project will utilise the resources of Tuisk’s eV Race Systems operation, with the primary aim being to demonstrate the ability of an EV to compete at the top in world motorsport.

Early data from the 1000kg racer show power and torque figures of 400kW and 800Nm respectively, with an estimated 0-200km/h time of less than eight seconds.

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Rudi Tuisk and Simon Hackett
“At Tesla, we pushed the boundaries of EV technology in many environments and race circuits,” Tuisk said.

“At eV Race Systems, we’re out to develop and deliver the most exciting race car to drive and the most exciting race car to watch.”

Hackett sees the project as a window of opportunity for Australia in the wake of Toyota, Holden and Ford’s departure from local manufacturing.

“Electric vehicles represent a ‘sunrise industry’ in which Australia can be a real leader,” Hackett said.

“Australia has convenient proximity to Asia for cell supply and access to innovative and exceptionally talented engineers. As we’re saying goodbye to Toyota, Ford and Holden assembly plants, Australia has the opportunity to embrace and invest in EV technology that can underpin new local manufacturing in coming decades.”

The next step for eV Race Systems is the multi-million-dollar development of three to five prototypes, due to hit the track later this year.

As for Tesla, we can expect the brand to return to Australia in the coming months when it - at long last - launches the new Model S family sedan here.

Above: Tesla's all-electric Model S sedan.
Above: Tesla's all-electric Model S sedan.

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