YASA Motors’ Work for Jaguar Land Rover Wins Industry Commendation

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YASA Motors, the company pioneering the development of ultra-high performance electric motors, won the ‘highly commended’ accolade at the prestigious SMMT Awards for Automotive Innovation.  The Company was selected by the judges for its work in providing a high power and torque density electric motor for the Jaguar C-X75 supercar programme.

The YASA-400 motor produced for Jaguar Land Rover stretched what is possible in automotive electric motors, and addressed issues of power, size, weight and efficiency. The exceptional end result was a 22kg motor, no larger than cake tin (280mm by 75mm) capable of delivering over 180kW and around 400Nm of torque.

The Jaguar C-X75 supercar is a dramatic example of the car of the future, with a downsized conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) and two high power electric motors. The combination of two lightweight YASA motors and a 1.6l ICE have been used to create a car with the performance of a Bugatti Veyron yet emissions comparable to a Toyota Prius.

The work addresses one of the main challenges faced by the automotive industry: to package increasingly powerful electric motors in ever reducing under-bonnet spaces.

Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was crowned winner and YASA won the commendation at the SMMT Annual Dinner on 26 November at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
See also the SMMT announcement.

Photograph courtesy Sebastien Rondet.