CSF is leading the way in performance cooling for Electric Vehicles
Electric Vehicles need cooling too
Many people don’t think of cooling systems when it comes to electric vehicles. However, there is a lot of heat produced by the battery pack and electric motors. While the systems are a little different than a traditional combustion engine, the principles of heat management are pretty much the same.
Most EVs are not designed with high performance driving in mind. Factory cooling systems on most EVs are suitable for daily and even a little spirited driving. However, it is very apparent how inadequate they are in a competitive setting. CSF has worked closely with a number of builders and race teams to help solve heat issues on high performance and race electric vehicles.
CSF is currently developing Plug-and-Play “Drop-in” Fit cooling solutions for popular EV models. Stay tuned and subscribe to our mailing list or social media channels for news about product development and releases.
Check out some of the projects and race cars CSF has worked with:
Evasive Motorsport – Tesla Model 3
When Evasive Motorsport first started race testing their Model 3, they found that the factory cooling system just couldn’t handle much past short sprints. CSF worked closely with the team at Evasive to address these cooling issues.
The Tesla stock cooling system was V-mounted with a CSF R-1 Triple-Pass Competition Radiator (CSF #8023). Under the radiator is another heat exchanger for the electric motor oil. Overall, this setup nearly triples the available cooling.
The rear cooling was created by mounting another CSF R-1 Triple-Pass Competition Radiator (CSF #8023) and CSF Heat Exchanger in the trunk. This system is fed by custom duct work via custom scoops that replace the rear quarter windows.
At the 2022 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Evasive Motorsports’ 2018 Tesla Model 3 took 2nd in class (Exhibition) and 9th overall with a time of 11:06.205 driven by the world-renowned Dai Yoshihara. The team was also able to set a new EV record despite the poor conditions. Hopefully we’ll see this battery powered beast again at Pike Peak Hill Climb setting more records.
Read the full MotoIQ article about the Model 3’s development on their website.
Rywire – EV S2000
Not all EVs out there started life that way. EV swaps are becoming more and more common and you are sure to have seen at least one if you attended any car shows in the last few years. One of the most iconic swaps to date was performed by Ryan Basseri (owner of Rywire Motorsport Electronics) on his 2001 Honda S2000. Debuted at the 2021 SEMA Show, this EV Swap excited, thrilled, and upset countless enthusiasts.
Powered by two Chevy Volt power packs and large Telsa Performance drive unit, this EV S2000 boasts over 500HP. All the wiring and electronics were done in house by Rywire. While many don’t think about the complexities of performing an EV conversion, we can tell you a lot more went into this build than a custom harness. Heating and Cooling were also a big factor in getting this car running. They had to create a system that could heat up the batteries to optimal temperatures and then keep them there with a proper cooling setup. CSF was able to offer a solution on the cooling side and sent over two Dual-Pass Heat Exchangers (CSF #8030). Mounted behind the custom 3D Printed grille, these coolers manage all the heat from the Electric Motors.
If you’d like to learn more about the EV S2000 and everything that went into building it, check out Hoonigan’s YouTube special: