Steven Vandeurzen, Public & Business Relations, Formula Group T gave me a little history lesson about their program:
Formula Group T is a spin-out of the CQS Group T Racing Team that designed and built two alternative drivetrains between 2009 and 2011.
The team was founded in September 2009 and began ‘from scratch’ with the development of an electric and hybrid race car. Both cars were based on a Citroën 2CV, an icon in the European automotive history. The electric vehicle is called Odyssee. Its front wheels are driven by a switched reluctance motor (SRM). It was the first time a car was equipped with this kind of motor. Lithium iron phosphate batteries deliver the power. The hybrid car, Pegasus, contains the original 2CV engine, adapted with an injection system to run on bio-ethanol (E85). Additional power is unleashed when an extra electric motor in the back is activated. The Kinetic Energy Recovery system provides the car with an optimal drive.
Pegasus participated twice (2010, 2011) in the 24h02’CV race at Spa-Francorchamps where 2CV based cars compete in a 24 hours endurance race. By participating in the race, the team wanted to create awareness in the society for a greener future. This year, Pegasus finished second in the experimental class with the help of one of the best Belgian pilots, Bert Longin.