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On November 10, 2012, a next generation car race, the "Ene-1 GP MOTEGI," was held at the "Twin Ring Motegi" racecourse located in Tochigi prefecture. Vehicles that took part in this race were powered by commercially available rechargeable batteries. Concurring with the event's desire to connect mobility with ecology and to contribute to stimulating society through manufacturing, Panasonic decided to sponsor this race and to donate "rechargeable EVOLTA" batteries and fast charging equipment. This video captures the rechargeable-battery powered racecars traveling at unexpected speed and also features interviews with the mechanics that developed the vehicles and the drivers.
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[ The course where the heated race took place ] 0 min 17 sec
The race was held at a track that hosts a wide range of motor sports events. The skies were clear on the day of the race and when you watch the video, you can almost sense the excitement in the air.
[ Time attack and 60-minute long distance races ] 1 min 25 sec
The "Ene-1 GP MOTEGI" is comprised of 2 races, the time attack race and the 60-minute long distance race. It is amazing that the teams compete in such races on a single battery charge.
[ Powered by 40 rechargeable AA batteries ] 2 min 10 sec
What powers the racecars are commercially available AA nickel metal hydride rechargeable "EVOLTA" batteries. They are high capacity, long-lasting batteries that can be charged approximately 1,800 times. Each electric vehicle is equipped with 40 "rechargeable EVOLTA" batteries, and what held the key to victory is how these batteries are used.
[ The race opened new doors for the future of mobility ] 2 min 33 sec
Electric vehicles running on 40 AA batteries competed for first place in 2 types of races. In the time attack race, the top team completed a loop around the track in 2 minutes and 32 seconds at an average speed of more than 60kph. And with the long-distance race, the winning team traveled approximately 50km in 60 minutes. The video successfully captures the amazing speed of the racecars. Students from junior high and high schools took part in this race. What energy will be the mainstream by the time they become adults? Perhaps some of the youth who took part in this race will become engineers who will pave the way for the future of mobility.