Illuminati Motor Works Seven
|Illuminati Motor Works Seven|
|Manufacturer||Illuminati Motor Works|
|Production||Prototype 2007 - present|
|Assembly||United States: Divernon, Illinois|
|Designer||Kevin Smith and Josh Spradlin|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door Gull-wing|
|Layout||Front motor, front-wheel drive|
|Electric motor||MES DEA 200-330 electric induction motor|
|Transmission||1-speed fixed gear|
|Battery||99 kWh LiFePo4 lithium ion|
|Electric range||200+ mi (207 MPGe)|
|Length||5,334 mm (210 in)|
|Curb weight||1,320 kg (2,911 lb)|
Illuminati Motor Works Seven is a prototype of a 4-passenger battery electric vehicle. It was handcrafted by Illuminati Motor Works (IMW), and placed second in the mainstream class of the Progressive Automotive XPRIZE with a combined rating of 119.8 MPGe. It has since achieved an EPA rating of 207 MPGe when tested at the Chrysler proving grounds through funding provided by the X PRIZE foundation and the US Department of Energy and now surpasses the MPGe of all three winning vehicles of the Progressive Automotive XPRIZE.
Illuminati Motor Works
Illuminati Motor Works is a volunteer group of mostly self-funded automotive enthusiasts, engineers, technicians, and artists located in Central IL. Kevin Smith (Team Leader/Engineer), Nate Knappenburger (Electronics Technician), Jen Danzinger (Graphic Artist/ Web Liaison), Josh Spradlin (Graphic Designer/Parts Hound/ Fabricator), Nick Smith (Master Craftsman), Thomas Pasko (Master Automotive Technician), and George Kennedy (Engineer) comprised the core team at the Progressive Automotive XPRIZE.
Seven's design emphasizes aerodynamics and is constructed of hand-sculpted foam and fiberglass over a steel frame. In 2013 the body was re-sculpted and molds were created. New body panels were constructed from carbon fiber and Kevlar. It utilizes recycled and off-the-shelf components including a 32kW hour battery pack (99 Thundersky 100 amp hour lithium iron phosphate cells with 3.2 nominal voltage), a MES DEA 200-330 electric induction motor, modified 1997 Geo Metro/Suzuki Swift transmission, Mazda Miata windshield, and more.
Post competition performance statistics are as follows:
- Top Speed: 130 MPH
- Range: 200+ Miles
- Miles Per Gallon equiv.(MPGe): 207.5
- Lateral Acceleration: 0.87g
- 0-60 MPH Acceleration: 6.2 seconds
- Accident Avoidance: 48.32 MPH
- 2014 Most Fuel Efficient Vehicle - 2014 Toyota Green Grand Prix 
- 2014 1st in Class (Exhibition) - 2014 Toyota Green Grand Prix 
- 2013 Best in Class (Other) - 12th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
- 2013 3rd Place EVCCON 1/8 mile drag race 
Elimination from Automotive XPrize
Seven was eliminated from the knockout round of the Progressive Automotive XPrize for failure to achieve 0-60 MPH acceleration within 15 seconds. This was due to a slipping clutch which had already reduced the vehicle's efficiency to 119.8 MPGe on the track.
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