Xtrac has been chosen as the transmission supplier for the new Aston Martin Rapide E.
Speaking at the Cenex LCV (Low Carbon Vehicle) conference held at Millbrook on September 12-13, Xtrac CEO Adrian Moore, said “Being selected as the official transmission supplier for the Rapide E by Aston Martin, underlines the advancements we have made in developing ILEV’s (Integrated lightweight Electric Vehicle transmissions) and we are really excited to be part of such a prestigious project.”
Moore continued to say “Our bespoke P1289 transmission, used in the Rapide E, is a descendant of our revolutionary P1227 ILEV launched in 2016 which has already been used in several high performance automotive applications. The transmission is a single speed 3 shaft configuration with an integrated park-brake and a high performance motorsport limited slip differential.
“It is highly integrated into the vehicle and we have worked incredibly closely with the vehicle design team and Integral Powertrain, the motor supplier, to ensure a lightweight, highly efficient and package optimised solution. Testing with the P1289 transmission is already well underway.
“At Xtrac we are leading the way with high performance electric vehicle transmission design, and we are underway with a major investment programme including nearing completion of a 27,000 sq ft (2,510 sq m) factory extension with new gear manufacturing cells, a new assembly area, and additional test rigs in order to support this sector”
Whilst attending the LCV event, Adrian Moore made a presentation as part of the Automotive Council Technology Group. The title and content of his presentation was “UK Automotive already benefits from Motorsport Valley’s Innovation – hear how this can be accelerated to meet new powertrain challenges on time”.