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High-performance YCOM S1-X eSkootr

Discover how YCOM made the official electric race scooter adopted by all competitors in the eSkootr Championship.

High-performance YCOM S1-X eSkootr
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4 minutes, 10 secondes

Since its creation in 2008, the Italian company YCOM has succeeded in carving out its place thanks to its production prowess and precisely its ability to craft lightweight structures in composite materials. Initially focused on automotive sports, it has managed to apply its racing experience more widely to offer solutions to the automotive, marine and aerospace industries based on this very unique perspective.

A return to the source

While the company has achieved worldwide recognition as a result of its diversification, it was only so long before it found a way back to its roots, announcing its role as official eSkootr supplier for the Electric Scooter Championship (eSC). As the eSC requires all participants to use the same vehicle, the S1-X Skootr model will be the showcase for a new sport. It’s this two-fold opportunity that appealed to YCOM Founder and CBDO Nicola Scimeca.

S1-X eSkootr – the world’s first Electric Scooter Championship (eSC)

Nicola Scimeca, YCOM Founder and CBDO said :
“The e-mobility revolution is here. We are thrilled to be involved in eSC and producing the S1-X for all competitors in the opening seasons. While they may appear vastly different on the surface, we applied what we had learned from our other high-performance electric vehicle programs, including Volkswagen’s incredible I.D. R Pike’s Peak car. Working alongside the eSC team to refine the design and match performance expectations within a limited timeframe has been challenging but well within our capabilities.

While it is rare that we can publicly discuss the exciting projects that we are involved in, I am delighted that the S1-X can now be launched as our first official product. Developing innovative emobility solutions and promoting their adoption are two of the key drivers behind the eSC and we, as a company, have a strong focus on sustainability and forward-thinking projects. I am proud of our team and look forward to our ongoing and exciting technical partnership with the eSC.”

Ycom S1-X Skootr is made with a carbon chassis, while its fairings and panels are fabricated using natural fibre composites.
Ycom S1-X Skootr is made using carbon fiber for its chassis, while its fairings and panels are fabricated using natural fibre composites.

A new player in EV sports

When Hrag Sarkissian and Khalil Beschir created the eSkootr Championship, it was clear that they would need to draw on many experts to fulfil their dream. Central to the birth of the concept were ex-F1 and Le Mans racer Alex Wurz, who was appointed eSC Safety ambassador, and Formula E champion Lucas Di Grassi, who became the series’ Sustainability Ambassador. With a like-minded group of individuals, they helped to pull together the eSkootr’s initial specification. Without an existing race eScooter precedent, the team looked to the growing performance eScooter market to establish a benchmark specification. Even at the top end of the market, a road-going high-performance scooter still requires compromise to handle the unpredictable surfaces and obstacles found in the real world.

A racetrack, however, has no bumps, kerbs or broken surfaces, so a race eScooter can travel even faster, which demands further adjustment to ensure stability at racing speeds. It was necessary that the chassis be strong and safe, both for handling stability and for protecting the electrical equipment inside, so carbon fibre was the material of choice. Safety for engineers and mechanics was also important, resulting in a safe nominal battery voltage level below 60v.

The #eSkootr racing chassis - derived from flax - combines strength with lightweight to reduce CO2 impact by up to 85% compared to carbon fibre.
The eSkootr racing chassis – derived from flax – combines strength with lightweight to reduce CO2 impact by up to 85% compared to carbon fibre.

An F1-worthy eSkootr

Reworking the prototype developed by Williams Advanced Engineering (a spin-off of the famed F1 manufacturer), YCOM will produce the official electric scooter models participants will ride to go head-to-head in the inaugural season of the eSC. S1-X Skootr performance is rival actual racing motors. With its distinctive F1 style, it boasts powerful twin motors (2x6kW) that drive the scooter’s full 35 kilograms to top speeds higher than 100km/h. Fitted with hydraulic brakes and set on 6.5” wheels, its chassis is fashioned from carbon fibre, while its fairings and panels are fabricated using natural fibre composites.

Exploring the future challenges of urban mobility

Beyond a love of speed and competition, sustainability is an underpinning value that unites eSC and YCOM. As eSC promotes new solutions for electric mobility by providing a platform for them in the form of major public events with extensive media coverage, Hrag Sarkissian, eSkootr Championship™ co-founder and CEO pays tribute to YCOM’s contributions of technology and savoir-faire.

Hrag Sarkissian, eSkootr Championship™ co-founder and CEO said :
“It has been fantastic to see the progress that YCOM has made since our partnership began. Their fast and flexible approach to engineering, development, prototyping and production has meant that we now have 10 S1-X Skootrs ready to race and have completed an extensive testing program. 20 more scooters will be ready in the few next months. I don’t think this would have been possible without YCOM.

Following YCOM’s rigorous twenty-day testing program, the capability of the S1-X has successfully demonstrated, surprising riders with both its power and agility.
Following YCOM’s rigorous twenty-day testing program, the capability of the S1-X has successfully demonstrated, surprising riders with both its power and agility.

The YCOM team’s ability to translate their knowledge, expertise and experience from other fastpaced motorsport development projects to a completely novel electric micromobility race vehicle highlights just how quickly they can adapt while maintaining an exceptional standard of engineering and production.

Our ambition is for eSC to push the e-mobility envelope and champion sustainable solutions, YCOM aligns perfectly with these aims and this long-term partnership is already proving invaluable.”

All competitors in the eSC race series will ride the high-performance S1-X
YCOM’s first full-electric vehicle will reach speeds up to 100km/h and 50°lean angles

YCOM views the eSkootr Championship as a formidable environment for pushing design and performance to their limits and testing them prior to offering “tamer” solutions once the market matures and demand has increased for this type of vehicle.

The first eSkootr Championship (eSC) will occur in 2022, between 30 competitors on specially designed circuits from 400- to 800-metres long.

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