Okay, so perhaps "McLaren-beater" is a bit of an exaggeration. The recently-unveiled McLaren P1 plug-in hybrid supercar has the looks, the heritage, the quality and indeed a full production run on the way--while the VOLAR-e from Spanish industrial design firm Applus Idiada is just a prototype. But the fact we can make the comparison at all--and to...
Thursday, February 28, 2013
|Light materials such as carbon fibre or aluminium, were used to reduce the weight of the car and increase its range while its aerodynamics were also optimized via computer simulation tools. In addition, the vehicle has been fitted with a fast charging ...|
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Promoters of the fledgling electric car Formula E motor racing competition on Wednesday unveiled China Racing as the second team to sign up for next year's inaugural world championship.
China Racing is now the second team officially to be proposed to the FIA as one of 10 teams taking part in the forthcoming FIA Formula E Championship. (Earlier post.) Formula E is a new FIA championship featuring racing cars powered exclusively by electricity. The announcement was made at FIA headquarters in Paris.
The Chinese team will race in the first season of the Championship in 2014 featuring cars racing on city street circuits. FIA Formula E Team China Racing also aims to be a constructor in its own right and to build their own Chinese electric formula cars within 3 years with support from Chinese EV manufacturers.
In the inaugural 2014 race, China Racing will use the new Formula E customer car supplied by Formula E Holdings, which is currently being developed by Spark Racing Technology (SRT), McLaren and Dallara. Throughout 2013, FIA Formula E Team China Racing will work with SRT and Formula E Holdings to test the customer car and promote the Championship globally across the 10 host cities planned for the first season.
We are delighted to present China Racing Formula E Team to the FIA as one of the 10 teams taking part in the Formula E Championship. China has enormous potential for the expansion of Electric Vehicles as a tool to fight pollution in cities. We think the FIA Formula E Championship can be a powerful tool to make electric cars popular with the Chinese public, particularly the younger generations. Having a Chinese team with us in the Championship will be key to succeeding in that challenge. We also expect Chinese drivers to join the competition, and we look forward to Chinese companies joining our effort to make cities more livable and healthy. The racing track record of China Racing, the first international Chinese racing team, speaks for itself and I am convinced they will be a fantastic addition to the competition.-Alejandro Agag, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E Holdings (the promoter)
Team China Racing started in 2004 in Beijing as one of the A1GP Teams, authorized by the Ministry of Sports of China. The team has competed in different international racing series such as A1GP, Superleague Formula and FIA GT1.
PARIS -- Team China Racing is the second team to sign up for next year's environmentally friendly Formula E championship, which will feature zero-emission cars racing in 10 cities around the world. China Racing was officially proposed to the sport's ...
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
You don’t hear too much about Amarok from me, but there hasn’t been much to tell since they announced that they are going to race in the TTXGP a few months ago. I have decided to take a wait and see with Amarok because, as a race fan and a fan of cool bikes, I [...]
Monday, February 25, 2013
We first talked about Amarok Racing's TTXGP electric racer almost 2 years ago, when the initial prototype was little more than a rolling chassis. Now, however, the concept has benefitted from additional development, investment, and technology to become a "real" bike.
Called the P1 ("P" is for prototype) the Amarok is featured in its makers' film, below, with co-founders Michael Uhlarik and Kevin O'Neil explaining the philosophy behind the P1's innovative design. Check it out, and let us know what you think of this made-in-Canada electric superbike in the comments.
Source: Amarok Racing, on Vimeo.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Back in 2009, the electric Venturi Buckeye Bullet, a student-built vehicle developed by a vast team at Ohio State University, claimed an FIA-sanctioned world record of 307.666 miles per hour on a one-mile strip. That same vehicle then hit 320 mph in 2011. Bullet 2.5 used A123 Systems' 32113 cylindrical cells. It's horsepower was listed [...]
Friday, February 22, 2013
For a while there, it seemed like the only thing standing between Audi and another LeMans trophy was Toyota and their hybrid racecar ... but it wasn't meant to be, as one of the two cars took part a dramatic aerial flip (after a collision with a GT car) and a smaller accident followed by an engine failure put both of Toyota's cars out before the end of the race. The thing is, though, that the Toyotas were leading the race at one point - ahead of the Audis. Their performance at LeMans, their 3 victories later in the season, and the bitter aftertaste of yet "so close, yet so far" performance from Toyota has led Road&Track (among others) to say that "the real race will be (in 2013)".
It's 2013 now, and the car you see above is the new deal Toyota Hybrid LeMans racer.
Set to start undergoing testing at Paul Ricard Circuit this week (and probably driving 'round the storied track as I write this), the updated Toyota hybrid TS030 model racecar has a revised hybrid system boosting the car's naturally-aspirated, 530 hp, 3.4L V8 engine with a fast-releasing, capacitor-based boost good for over 300 hp whenever it's needed.
Read "whenever it's needed" as "whenever one of those damned Audi diesels is nearby" and you'll have figured out about 90% of the Toyota hybrid pilot's strategy.
No word on the car's lap times, yet, but you can never really tell with testing. We'll see how the new Toyota TS030 does, in earnest, this June. Until then, you can check in on the Toyota's progress in the video, below.
Source: World Car Fans.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Capacitors, even Super capacitors just don’t work yet, and I’ve gone over why before. But this. This is cool.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
OK, long conversation tonight with Azhar, who was a little less tired than last night. I do have the scoop but gonna be a good blogger and wait for the signal. Do you think its a bitch waiting on the TTXGP? Try being them with some pretty exciting news that everyone wants and NEEDS, and [...]
Toyota Racing has unveiled the revised TS030 Hybrid car which will spearhead the team's quest for victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) this season. The first full test of the 2013 car will begin at Paul Ricard ...
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Not all cars are born equal. Some, if they're lucky, will be born as McLarens--supercars infused with technology from the race track, with one of the most famous names in motor sport. There are--believe it or not--parallels between the disparate worlds of green vehicles and hypercars, and not just because the new McLaren P1 you see here is...
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Hello everyone, yet again a light night post. A few things happened today that I didn’t get e-mails about. I’m always a little insulted when I don’t get a press release until I remember just exactly who I am, hehe. Lightning Any who, in backwards order of the title, Motorcycle.com has reported today that Lightning [...]
|2013 TS030 Hybrid. Click to enlarge.|
Toyota Racing unveiled the revised TS030 Hybrid car which will run in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) this season. The TS030 made its debut in the WEC in 2012, and notched up three victories in six races. (Earlier post.) Toyota Racing begins the first full test of the 2013-specification TS030 Hybrid at Paul Ricard in southern France tomorrow.
The team will again utilize the Toyota Hybrid System - Racing powertrain, developed exclusively for motorsport by Toyota's Motor Sport Division in Higashifuji. A supercapacitor-based hybrid system delivers 300 hp (224 kW) of boost automatically, on top of the 530 hp (395 hp) generated by a 3.4-liter, normally-aspirated V8 gasoline engine.
Ahead of a completely new development for 2014 due to regulation changes, Toyota's Motor Sport Division in Higashifuji has fine-tuned this year's powertrain to improve power, efficiency, management of component usage and reliability.
There is a major regulation change in 2014 so this year's car has to be an evolution of our initial concept. The obvious target is to fix all the little issues we have found during the last season. The very first one is that the 2012 car, being a laboratory car, was able to accept front and rear Hybrid systems, so we have redesigned the monocoque to optimize it without the front motor. Last year's performance was very satisfying and we felt we ticked most boxes so there has been no concept change, just refinement and optimization of the 2012 car.-Pascal Vasselon, Technical Director
A revised aerodynamic package, including an updated monocoque, will deliver improved performance whilst minimizing the impact of updated regulations in 2013 which increase the minimum weight for manufacturer LMP1 cars by 15 kg (33 lbs).
The major milestones in development of our Hybrid system are 2012, when it was integrated into the TS030 Hybrid for the first time, and 2014, when the technical regulations change significantly. For this year we have achieved some incremental improvements while including some pre-testing of 2014 technologies. We have polished up things like power and efficiency whilst also fine-tuning the powertrain to enhance reliability. Overall we are confident we again have a very competitive and reliable powertrain.-Hisatake Murata, Hybrid Project Leader
Monday, February 18, 2013
What will a streamlined, lightweight, ultra-slick electric lakester run WFO on 2 miles of dead-flat land with 3000 hp worth of electric motor whirring away a few inches behind the driver's head? The Ohio State University team behind the Buckeye Bullet electric land speed record-breaker is hoping to find out soon, thanks to a set of new 3000 hp Venturi electric motors.
We've covered the Buckeye Bullet before, when the team cracked the 300 mph barrier and followed up with plans to go 400 mph with a slightly more streamlined and slightly more powerful version of the Bullet.
"Slightly more powerful," however, might be an understatement. The 300+ mph record-setting car was making just about 800 hp back in 2011 ... with almost 4 times the power, actually going 400 mph in August seems like a formality!
Stay tuned for more Buckeye Bullet news in the weeks and months ahead - and, if you can't quite get enough, check out the video (in French), below.
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Friday, February 15, 2013
So the past few weeks ago I ‘d had a few different things I have been musing about, and then I realized they all were related. I am just going on one of my musings here, so if you see something not right, feel free to speak up. Anyway, I wrote a post that went [...]
Thursday, February 14, 2013
More of an audio blog post, I do a quick interview with Micah Rice of USA Cycling trying to get some insight as to why one day championships work for cycling, and why it might actually be the way to go for us elmoto types. Otherwise, me babbling on pretending I didn’t lose track of [...]
Want to check out a variety of electric vehicles in one stop? There's no need to go to the Chicago Auto Show. Thirteen electric vehicles will be making a stop in Evanston as part of the Electrified Vehicle Rally Friday. The rally recreates America's ...
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New electric motorcycle racing series springs up in SoCal; cheap for you to enter
The races are open to any electric motorcycle - brand-name or homebrew - and, best of all, it's inexpensive. A mere $120 gives you a full season membership and also (for Zero riders only and beginning at the second round) makes you eligible for ...
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
While electric cars haven't found as many buyers as automakers had hoped, electric motorcycle sales are doing just swell. In fact, electric motorcycle racing has become a hot topic in the two-wheeled world, and a collection of amateurs and semi-pros ...
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Monday, February 11, 2013
Who says eco cars are mainly about tame pursuits such as maximizing range and efficiency and being so sensible as to receive a gold star from someone like [...]
Sunday, February 10, 2013
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/a-look-at-brammo-s-100-electric-motorcycle-PQbOreu5TSWhJ_qzwFiTcg.html Now I am a Brammo fan. I like all the Brammo folks I have met at the races and their bikes, when you sit on them they speak to their price point. I also like the Empulse better than the Zero S, but not because the S is lacking in any way. It’s just [...]
Friday, February 8, 2013
Another great interview, this time with Lightning Motors Richard Hatfeild. We talk about the roots of his company and involvement in EVs, racing, customers and Lightning production, and a little bit more about just what those little red motorcycles are that he has in his shop. We even talk about generic motorcycle stuff and get [...]
This was just posted by the TTXGP on twitter, “We got finally got it covered. First 2013 calender dates out next week.Our most epic programme ever. Ride with Us!!” I am as anxious as anyone to see this year’s dates. Last year we had the North American schedule before the European one by a fair [...]
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Here’s the official press release (yay, someone actually put me on the their mailing list). Basically, their new bike is all new, and lighter and more efficient, but they aren’t giving details yet. Probably because they know I exist now, hehe. Also, they confirm that John McGuiness will be riding the bike again. They mention [...]
It may have a sliver of Chevrolet muscle car heritage, but the plug-in hybrid Volt didn't stand a chance of beating the Tesla Model S in a recent.
While we're still technically in the middle of winter, for racers of all kinds February feels like the final stretch of cold, wintery days. At the end of January the National Electric Drag Racing Association held its first drag race of the 2013 season, giving us a glimpse of what the Tesla Model S can do on the track. But what about the Chevy Volt? This video pits both green cars against each other, and the results aren't what we'd call surprising.
Last week we saw what happens when you race a Tesla Model S against a Dodge Viper SRT10, and dyno results have confirmed that this is one powerful electric sedan. The Chevy Volt is a much more pedestrian vehicle, with peak power of just 149 horsepower and a respectable 273 ft-lbs of torque. Even still, it was never meant to be a sports car of any kind.
So it's no shocker that the Tesla Model S screams down the drag strip in just 12.562 seconds at a top speed of 108.3 mph, while the Chevy Volt cruises across the finish line in 17.2 seconds at just 80 mph. It's one of the weirder drag races you'll ever see, given how quiet it is, but as the Tesla proves, you don't need to be loud to be fast.
There are some other pure-electric drag races we'd like to see that might be more evenly matched. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive vs. the Audi R8 e-tron would be a fierce race, and we'd like to see the upcoming Cadillac ELR race its Chevy sibling, the Volt, in a head-to-head competition. The Fisker Karma versus the Tesla Model S would also be fun to watch. Electric vehicles finally seem...exciting.
Monday, February 4, 2013
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