• Bill Caswell test drives the 700 horsepower EV West built all electric BMW Pikes Peak hill climb E36 M3

      Like it or not electric automotive performance is a field set to rapidly expand in the next decade. Most of us do not yet take electric cars seriously as a performance alternative to internal combustion but here is an electric hill climb race car that should get enthusiasts to at least entertain the notion of electric performance. The electric E36 M3 rally driver Bill Caswell drives in the video below features a single Warp 11 electric motor for a claimed output approaching 700 horses. At that power level the juice only lasts about 12 minutes.

      Caswell seems to really like the power delivery of the car which is no surprise considering the instant torque an electric generates. His main conclusion seems to be the car is fun to drive. If electrics can manage to deliver serious fun factor car guys will respect them. We are going to definitely take Caswell's opinion seriously as a genuine performance enthusiast as he is the one who wrote the "Death of M" article for Jalopnik. He also did not seem to be found of electric cars:



      This car seems to have changed his mind.

      We look forward to seeing how this car does at Pikes Peak in August and if it will be able to compete with the internal combustion cars.





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      Comments 11 Comments
      1. Forcefed's Avatar
        Forcefed -
        700? That's bonkers.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Forcefed Click here to enlarge
        700? That's bonkers.
        Yep, crazy car. I don't think they have hit 700 yet but that is their goal.
      1. Forcefed's Avatar
        Forcefed -
        I bet that instant torque is just nuts.
      1. Forced Air's Avatar
        Forced Air -
        Crazy. To bad battery technology hasn't progressed farther.

        Sounded like he said 2 11" Warp motors not a single, BTW
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Forced Air Click here to enlarge
        Sounded like he said 2 11" Warp motors not a single, BTW
        It is two. They previously had just 1.
      1. Forced Air's Avatar
        Forced Air -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        It is two. They previously had just 1.
        Roger.
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        wicked. that was the quietest burnout Ive ever seen LOL
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Building one of these for drag racing might be a lot of fun. You don't need long range and can turn the juice up considerably...
      1. 600whp S4's Avatar
        600whp S4 -
        guy is a fag
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 600whp S4 Click here to enlarge
        guy is a fag
        Why?
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        did you see how fast it accelerated by looking at the trees? Pretty insane. Also was gonna say, whats with the air filters under the hood? LOL