Simon Hackett loves his electric cars. When he wasn't busy running the ISP he founded (Internode, for those out of the loop), he was driving around in his Tesla Roadster. That Roadster was reputedly the first of its kind sold in Australia. Simon is now taking his love for electric cars into high gear, investing seven figures in a new electric racing company. One that purports to have plans for a car capable of doing 0-200km/h in under eight seconds.
It's called eV Race Systems, and it's the brainchild of Rudi Tuisk. Rudi is the guy who helped bring the first Tesla cars to Australia. Together, Rudi and Simon Hackett will be putting five prototype cars together for demonstration later this year.
So what can the cars do? Well, the pair claim that the new electric racers will pack 400kW of power and 800Nm of torque, giving it the ability to accelerate its 1000kg weight from 0-200km/h in less than eight seconds.
Hackett has reportedly invested up to seven figures getting eV Race Systems off the ground, and he truly believes that Australia is the place to be for electric car construction in the future:
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 (Electric Vehicle) technology that can underpin new local manufacturing in coming decades.
We look forward to seeing what the pair have in store for later on this year!