I'm no expert, but I have done a huge amount of research into batteries in the past 6 months to get the most out of my project. I think you need to use one of the higher power density options vs higher energy density. IE A123/Kokam/Headway. The usual Thundersky/Calb cells just won't give you big HP, so you will be trading range for power given a similar price point. I personally will be using a 288v nominal pack of 10ah Headway cells with a total capacity of 70-80ah this will give 1000A upto whatever voltage the pack sags to at that load. Coupled to a soliton1 and Warp11 HV it should give pretty good performance and reliability without pushing any one component too hard.