A team of engineering students in the Netherlands aim to break the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record and win the 24 hours of Le Mans with a series hybrid.

The Nürburgring record they want to transcend is 47 seconds quicker than a hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder could muster and the benchmark was set in 1983 by a Porsche 956 racer at 6 minutes, 11 seconds, and has never been toppled, though several have tried.

At Le Mans, assuming the project gets there, the engineering team will be faced with major competition by the likes of Nssan’s ZEOD RC hybrid and Audi’s R18 e-quattro.


Called the IM01, the hybrid racer is being designed by students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences.

Motive power comes via four individual motors for the AWD monster-to-be, and range is extended by a rotary engine with which they aim to surpass normal 25-percent efficiency and reach 60 percent while running at a fixed rpm.

Actual specifications are not at this time divulged, but the students have a Web site up to support the project, and say all they need now to make it happen is an investor to step in, and provide funding.


As they work toward the goal, they’re working with an open wheel race car called the IM/e. It was developed by three newly graduated engineers on the team, and is powered by bio ethanol.

Proof of concept of the technologies under development are expected to be done with this test mule.

After it’s constructed, the plan is to test the IM/e on race tracks and hill climb events in Germany and the UK.

IM/E Test Mule.

IM/e Test Mule.

The team posted a video of a petrol-powered hill climb racer to give an idea of what the test driver will see during R&D.