Built by a team of Latvian rally racers and engineers, the OSCar eO moves thanks to a single, massive electric motor capable of up to 590 ft-lbs. of torque. Electricity arrives from a 52-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an onboard electric generator powered by a Nissan V6 engine -- in essence, the same kind of setup as the Chevy Volt.
Between the batteries and the generator, the team can travel 497 miles in racing trim before requiring a recharge. Although the truck maxes out at 86 mph, its builders say simply finishing the course in an electric vehicle for the first time would be enough of an accomplishment -- and good enough for victory in a special class of alternative-fuel vehicles.
As of Wednesday, the team was quietly running in 110th place overall -- still ahead of the 26 traditional rally cars knocked from the competition so far.
Photo: OSCar eO via Flickr
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