The race car results from a partnership between Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, and Envision Virgin Racing, the carbon neutral Formula E team.

Johnson Matthey and Envision Virgin Racing will unveil the world’s first electric two-seater electric formula race car at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland. On display at COP26 from Sunday 31 October, the bespoke two-seater race car was conceived to help accelerate the transition to a net zero future and the advance to clean, sustainable technologies that enable the mass adoption of e-mobility.

The race car results from a partnership between Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, and Envision Virgin Racing, the carbon neutral Formula E team. It was designed and manufactured by Delta Cosworth at Silverstone, the home of motorsport in the UK.

The Envision Virgin Racing development team focused on optimizing all aspects of the racer’s design to deliver extraordinary on-track performance. It features a dedicated two-seater carbon-fibre monocoque platform that is designed and engineered to accommodate the driver and an additional passenger in tandem formation. The car will run slick tires to provide optimal mechanical grip and a low wear rate that minimizes tire waste.

The one-of-a-kind concept racer will demonstrate Johnson Matthey’s eLNO technology. This family of nickel-rich advanced cathode materials enables around 20% greater battery density over today’s typical equivalent battery technology. With eLNO cathode technology on board, the cylindrical 602030 cells in the battery pack achieve 200 Wh/kg cell energy density for a total 47kWh capacity, and an electrical output of 585 volts. This is delivered to Envision Virgin Racing’s advanced electric drivetrain to produce 335 bhp of power to the wheels. The racer’s targeted maximum speed is 240 kmph.

These key benefits will directly transfer from the racetrack into battery electric passenger cars. Batteries incorporating eLNO will offer electric vehicle drivers greater range, faster recharging, and the long-term retention of battery capacity.

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eLNO will be supplied to customers in Europe from two new production facilities. The first facility in Poland is under construction and will be completed in 2022, for commercial production in 2024. A second eLNO plant is also planned in Finland. These facilities will operate sustainably as part of Johnson Matthey’s commitment to overcoming climate change, circular manufacturing, and the responsible sourcing of materials.

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