Sunday, March 31, 2013

Elmotos get serious at the Horse Thief Mile with the M1GP

The first all electric race of the season happened a couple of weeks ago (10MAR13).  As you can see above, it was a good time with Zeros filling the field.  Here’s the results from both of the Hollywood Electric class races for round two: Pos Competitor Race # Class Points Rnd1 Race1 Rnd1 Race2 Rnd2 [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/04/01/elmotos-get-serious-at-the-horse-thief-mile-

2011 Series review: Part 2 FIM e-Power

In early 2010 the FIM cut it’s ties with the TTXGP at all but the last minute.  If you are jaded or into cut throat business moves my guess is this looked like the one to make.  Use your clout, start your own series as you are the big dogs in Europe, and starve the [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/31/2011-series-review-part-2-fim-e-power

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Zero’s Newest Board Member and Strategic Consultant

I thought some of you might find it interesting.  I was just thinking the other day how Zero kind of struck me as the BMW of the elmoto world, and ta-daa.  I saw this while trying to find an actual press release on Zero’s involvement in this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb.  I’m still looking [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/30/zeros-newest-board-member-and-strategic-cons

eRoadRacing World Cup replaces TTXGP and FIM e-Power, releases calendar

Electric motorcycle racing takes a step into a whole new chapter with release on Thursday of the name of a new series, eRoadRacing World Cup, and the provisional calendar for the 2013 racing season. This series replaces both the...

http://www.examiner.com/article/eroadracing-world-cup-replaces-ttxgp-a

Thursday, March 28, 2013

FIM e-Power + TTXGP = FIM eRoadRacing World Cup and 2013 Provisional Schedule

Amarok posted this to Facebook, which is where I got it.  Thanks guys.  Well, we finally have the Miller date, and the second round at Laguna with the World SBK guys isn’t on it.  Also the eRoadRace series will not be running with MotoGP or World SBK in Europe.  Just two FIM World Endurance dates [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/29/fim-e-power-ttxgp-fim-eroadracing-world-cup-

Hollywood Electric supporting production electric motorcycle class at Pikes Peak

The 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has several electric car and electric motorcycle entries, and this year marks the first time for a production electric motorcycle class in the PPIHC. On Thursday, Zero Motorcycles and Hollywood Electrics ...
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http://www.examiner.com/article/hollywood-electric-supporting-producti

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Random thoughts of the week: Tesla and more 2013 Zero S vs. Empulse

There’s a few things about Tesla that I want to say.  First, I am learning what a junior high culture the stock market culture really seems to be.  Elon Musk tweets some cryptic tweets and stocks jump?  Really?  Explains a lot really.  But I’m not going to bother guessing what its about since everyone else [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/28/random-thoughts-of-the-week-tesla-and-more-2

TS030 HYBRID on Film

The start of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship season is only two weeks away, so to raise the excitement, check out a short video from the first test of our 2013-specification TS030 HYBRID:

http://www.toyotahybridracing.com/ts030-hybrid-in-action

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Assault & Battery in car footage HMP Second Run Mar 24 2013 in car

Assault & Battery was take to the track for the first time on March 24 2013, we ran a best 1.36 60ft and a best 1/8th mile of 6.5924 at 98.88 We did this wit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_arIufichF4&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: dcplasmaracing

Assault & Battery in car footage HMP Fourth Run Mar 24 2013 in car

Assault & Battery was taken to the track for the first time on March 24 2013, we ran a best 1.36 60ft and a best 1/8th mile of 6.5924 at 98.88 We did this wi...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxARess9dUY&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: dcplasmaracing

Three-Wheeled EPIC Torq Roadster Is Pure EV Performance

Torq-Roadster-1While automobile designers have stayed with the tried-and-true four-wheeled setup on automobiles, there have always been those willing to try something...different. EPIC EVs has rolled out their all-electric Torq Roadster, a performance-focused electric vehicle offering perhaps the most fun you can have on three wheels.

Not unlike the Morgan three-wheeler of old, the EPIC EV Torq Roadster features two wheel in the front, one wheel in the back, and a combination of high-thrills fun and emissions free driving that only electric vehicles can offer. The carbon fiber body panels and polycarbonate windscreen and a high-tech suspension are just a few of the lightweight features that help make this three-wheeled EV a nimble corner carver.

But there is more to the Torq Roadster than just making tight turns. The electric motor powering the lone rear wheel offers an astounding 400 horsepower and 600 ft-lbs of torque, allowing the Torq Roadster to achieve up to 1.3 Gs of lateral acceleration. For comparison's sake, the 2013 Corvette ZR1 with 638 horsepower and a $110,000 price tag can only achieve up to 1.1 Gs of lateral acceleration.

Don't expect to find an EPIC EVs Torq Roadster at your next car meet though. Building of these three-wheeled EVs is scheduled to begin sometime in 2014, and just 50 examples are planned for production. As for pricing, no word yet, but it is definitely one of those "If you have to ask, you can't afford it" situations.

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Source: Carscoops

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Video: BBC Profiles Lord Drayson And His 200 MPH Electric Race Car

drayson-racingElectric race cars are finally starting to be taken seriously, and at the forefront of this clean, green racing innovation is Britain's Lord Drayson. Drayson's latest contribution is a lightweight, all-electric race car that he claims can hit 200 mph, and the BBC recently profiled this racing revelation.

The carbon fiber exoskeleton harbors the battery and drivetrain of the Drayson electric race car, which won't compete in the new Formula E series as soon as next year. While Drayson is keen to point out the four Oxford-designed electric motors, as well as the 200 mph top speed, range and recharging were not discussed at at all.

Drayson's EV racer won't compete most likely because of just these issues, though in fairness the car is being billed as a testbed for new technology, rather than an actual competitor. McLaren and racing companies are penning electric race cars of their own design, so the good Lord has plenty of competition. We can't wait to see who comes out on top.

Source: BBC via Autoblog Green

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Monday, March 25, 2013

@Pinkyracr Finally gets Herself an Elmoto for Her Birthday

Motorcycle blogger and Gas2 contributor Pinkyracr isn’t the only one to have cool stuff happen on her birthday, she finally got herself an elmoto.  I think she had been waiting for an Empulse, but has instead opted for the Zero employee favorite 2013 Zero FX.  I think one advantage of this choice is that if [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/26/pinkyracr-finally-gets-herself-an-elmoto-for

Assault & Battery runs a nice clean 6.5924 at 98.88

We ran a 1.404 60ft and 6.5924 660ft at 98.88mph No overdrives for some reasons but nice clean launch. Ran this at 1700Amps 170volts on each motor. 22Ahr pack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVDhEgDxzmE&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: dcplasmaracing

HMP second burnout 049

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZuYHLoG7rg&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: dcplasmaracing

Assault & Battery unofficial World record drag run 1.364 60ft

On first day at the track, with the power on the 22Ahr pack turned all the way up , we calculated the 1500ftlbs on tap and the 1.56 first gear would just sli...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztaDhEou0T0&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: dcplasmaracing

Assault & Battery First ever drag run

We ran a 1.7 60 ft with 1000Amps and 100volts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBgg8NWTzfc&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: dcplasmaracing

Assault & Battery first ever burnout on the drag strip

Kind of lame little burnout to shake the frame down. Sure enough, some stray junk fell out. Track crew kindly returned it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk562RbM_Sc&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: dcplasmaracing

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Assault & Battery takes on Houston

Lonestar EV Racing took our newest drag car conversion to Houston Motorsports Park. Best 60 ft was 1.36 best 1-8th mile was 6.59 at 98.8mph.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2GIarhRG-U&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: dcplasmaracing

ITV Meridian report on the Weald electric motorcycle

Andy Dickinson from ITV Meridian talks to Phil Edwards (designer) and Rob Moon (rider) about the bike that broke the UK record for electric motorcycle drag r...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuFkKGkle-s&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: wealdevt

Crowdfunding an Electric motorcycle World Record

We're building an electric motorcycle to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists and take on the world's best at 1/4 mile drag racing. Please...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5WMInoJKmk&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: wealdevt

Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 Team ICON Brammo TTXGP

Following the success of 2012, Team ICON Brammo is looking forward to being back on top of the podium, and doing so with a revised lineup of riders, ...

http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/03/23/2013-team-icon-brammo-ttxgp

Friday, March 22, 2013

Amarok Racing founders explaining "Why less is more"

More infos : http://www.technologicvehicles.com/en/actualite-mobilite-verte?Search=Amarok.
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Buckeye Current motorcycle team races to get ahead - OSU - The Lantern


Buckeye Current motorcycle team races to get ahead
OSU - The Lantern
A team of Ohio State engineering students are building an electric motorcycle - to the tune of about $55,000 - with the hopes of becoming the fastest collegiate electric motorcycle team at the Isle of Man TT Zero race. To accomplish this feat, their ...

http://www.thelantern.com/campus/buckeye-current-motorcycle-team-races

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Empulse Review videos via Translogic and Jay Leno’s Garage

Since I haven’t been able to figure out how to embed things into my blog here, links will have to do.  Both Jay Leno and Translogic like the bike, but that’s a given.  There is more info in the Translogic video, but nothing really new other than a new 160hp rating for the RR.  Enjoy [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/22/empulse-review-videos-via-translogic-and-jay

Jeremiah Johnson to be racing with Hollywood Electrics for 2013

Been waiting for the final word on this for a while.  Hollywood Electrics and Jeremiah are teaming up for 2013.  Last I chatted with Jeremiah they were planning to use the race effort to test and push what is possible with the new 2013 Zero S.  So don’t expect it to simply be a MotoZero [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/21/jeremiah-johnson-to-be-racing-with-hollywood

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

TACITA T-RACE: Electric Rally Bike tested in the Merzouga Rally 2012

This made it’s way to me through facebook last week, but it’s just so cool I felt it warranted a quick post.  Here’s a quote from the Tacita website: The “Tacita project” ( from Tàcita, Latin name of the Roman goddess of silence ) springs from the desire to develop a motorbike which respects the [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/21/tacita-t-race-electric-rally-bike-tested-in-

EMUS is Building a Race Bike for the 2015 Season

This is late, ohh so late and I apologize the the EMUS team.  They were at Daytona and are some cool folks.  Also, they plan on building one badass bike, and doing it right.  Hopefully they can get some of the faster Canadian riders on it.  Look for the interview with their team lead in [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/20/emus-is-building-a-race-bike-for-the-2015-se

Monday, March 18, 2013

ICON Brammo’s 2013 paint schemes revealed!

This was posted to Twitter so I’m not sure where it came from, but I’m not taking credit.  Anyway the much anticipated paint schemes are here, with even the TTX seeming to get the Icon treatment.  You can’t see it, but behind Eric Bostrom (center) are zebra stripes that you can make out in the [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/19/icon-brammos-2013-paint-schemes-revealed

Epic EV (www.evEPIC.com) Introduces - The World's Fastest 3 Wheeled Electric Vehicle

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Epic EV's new Lithium Powered TORQ Roadster will be available for in-person demonstrations at the Epic EV R&D Center in Vista, CA, Saturday, April 6th from 1pm-5pm. This will be the first event where customers, dealers and media will be able to experience The World's Fastest 3 Wheeled Electric Vehicle, the TORQ Roadster (www.TORQev.com). The TORQ Roadster does 0 to 60mph in an astonishing 4 seconds and with its 3 w ...

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

ESBK Studios: Episode 19 (Full) Brammo’s Eric Bostrom and Shelina Moreda

Here it is!  After a month absence going through he pains of trying to up my game a bit and bringing an studio engineer on to give you folks a shorter version, here are some interviews I recorded with two of Brammo’s three riders.  We talk about transmissions, clip-ons, seats, racing, ICE vs Elmotos, chassis [...]


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ESBK Studios: Episode 19 (Teaser) Brammo’s Eric Bostrom and Shelina Moreda

Finally!  I gave an actual studio engineer 3 hours of hot mess and he got it down to 19 and a half concise minutes for you folks who don’t need the whole enchilada.  For those who have to be in the know the full version is still free.  Enjoy, and let me know if you [...]


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dutch-Built Hydrogen Racer Aims For Nurburgring Record

forze-1The Nurbrugring has served as a testing ground for new vehicle technologies for decades now, and automakers are really bringing it all to this German test track. But it isn't just billion-dollar corporations pioneering alt-fuel technologies. A Dutch university has spent five years developing the Forze 6, a hydrogen powered race car that will make its Nurburgring debut this spring.

The University of TU Delft has developed a hydrogen-powered race car that they claim will go from 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds, with a top speed of over 130 mph, or 220 kph. While hardly the fastest thing on four wheels, the whole hydrogen-powered bit is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

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Two electric motors provide a combined output of 260 horsepower, again, hardly impressive. However, the curb weight of just 1,600 pounds, or about 800 kgs, will allow this little clean racer to dip around the Nurburgring with ease. It'll be in good company this year too; Aston Martin is bringing a hydrogen-powered Rapide to the 'Ring later this year, and the Green GT hydrogen race car should be back at the 24 Hours of Le mans.

Hydrogen powered race cars seem to be the hot new commodity. But will hydrogen fuel every break into the mainstream?

Source: TechVehi

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Daydreaming: I want an electric VFR

OK, not specifically an electric Honda VFR, but that GT/Sport Touring genre in electric.  In a great lecture from BRD’s Marc Fenigstein, he talks about why they chose a dirt bike.  Basically they felt it was the one genre of motorcycle where they could make parity with gas bikes.  He goes on to say that [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/14/daydreaming-i-want-an-electric-vfr

Global electric car race targets Miami

Electric car racing may be coming to downtown Miami next year as one of 10 global cities selected to promote Formula E racing. Miami, said Georgio Veroni of Formula E Holdings, who spoke to the city commission, was selected to be among pioneering ...
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http://www.miamitodaynews.com/news/130314/story6.shtm

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lightning Motors: Credit where Credit is due

I found myself listening to my interview with Richard Hatfield again doing some fact finding.  It has occurred to me that I have not assimilated the information in that interview as much as I would have liked or feel they deserve.  It really is a very good interview in that I got to cover a [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/12/lightning-motors-credit-where-credit-is-due

Monday, March 11, 2013

2013 Views and Predictions

I read A&R’s article about the FIM and TTXGP unification (for lack of a better term).  He said this, “The resulting fracture created a lack of cohesion in the sport, and created a situation where the heavy-hitters in the electric motorcycle industry would cherry-pick the events they attended, often with no formidable competition alongside them [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/11/2013-views-and-predictions

Formula E Electric-Car Series Announces 2014 Schedule

"We are thankful to all the cities that have expressed their willingness to host our races," said Formula E Holdings CEO Alejandro Agag in a statement. "The fact that cities from all over the world are interested in the FIA Formula E Championship is ...
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http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/formula-e-electric-car-series-announce

Formula E Finalizes 8 Race Schedule for 2014

When China signs on, the green light shines. Following the announcement that China Racing became the second team to commit to the Formula E electric racing series, the Fédération Internationale de l´Automobile (FIA) announced its preliminary schedule for the 2014 Formula E series. We should highlight the word preliminary, because only eight cities are set [...]

http://insideevs.com/formula-e-finalizes-8-race-schedule-for-2014

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Chance to host Formula E electric car race missed as pollution soars

A spokesman for the Tourism Commission said that at this stage it was premature for them to comment on whether it was feasible for an event like Formula E to be staged in Hong Kong and whether it would receive government support. "We work to attract ...
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http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1187362/chance-host-formula

BBC News - London to host Formula E electric car race in 2014

London is among eight cities selected to host races in the debut Formula E series , which will see electric cars race around major world cities.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21725324

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-2172532

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Electric car races in open wheel cars to launch in 2014; LA, Miami on schedule

Today Formula E, the open-wheel world championship for electric cars sanctioned by the FIA, released a preliminary list of eight cities across the globe where races will be held: London, Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya (Malaysia), Buenos ...
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http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130308/CARNEWS/13030986

Electric cars to race through streets of London in Formula E Grand Prix

Sanctioned by the FIA, the Formula E series is designed to showcase advances in eco-friendly high-performance cars. Ten hosts cities have today been named by the FIA, with London being joined by Rome, Los Angeles, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos ...
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Telegraph.co.uk

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/9917944/Electric-cars-to-r

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Things not as bleak as I thought here at ESBK

So I was looking over the monthly numbers today and noticed a nice trend.  Namely that I’m not actually at half the hit s I was last year.  Last year right from the get go I had 2100 to 2200 hits a month from November to March, when I took my hiatus.  Other than October [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/08/things-not-as-bleak-as-i-thought-here-at-esb

TTXGP &amp; FIM Create New Electric Motorcycle Racing Series

Are Graphene Supercapacitors the Big Break for Electrics? Many of the electric vehicle blogs that I follow are all buzzing right now over the idea of ...
www.asphaltandrubber.com/.../ttxgp-fim-create-electric-motor...

http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/racing/ttxgp-fim-create-electric-motor

Gas vs. Electric: AFM Homologates the Brammo Empulse

"What caught AFM's attention about Brammo's approach was that they were not asking for a separate class, but were instead looking to have a chance for their ...
www.asphaltandrubber.com/.../brammo-empulse-afm-homolo...

http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/racing/brammo-empulse-afm-homologation

Brammo Empulse electric motorcycles approved to ... - Torque News

In a historic move for the electric motorcycle racing, the AFM has approved Brammo's Empulse electric motorcycle line to race for points and championship ...
www.torquenews.com/.../brammo-empulse-electric-motorcycl...

http://www.torquenews.com/1075/brammo-empulse-electric-motorcycles-app

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Charging Standards musings

So, being only about 6 months behind the times, the SAE released their combo plug standard about a week before Daytona happened.  With the Japanese CHAdeMO standard gaining popularity with the, Tesla doing their own thing and the J1772 AC charging stations looking inadequate in comparison, people were having a hard time understanding why the [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/07/charging-standards-musings

Brammo Empulse electric motorcycles approved to race against gas bikes in ... - Torque News


Torque News

Brammo Empulse electric motorcycles approved to race against gas bikes in ...
Torque News
In a historic move for the electric motorcycle racing, the AFM has approved Brammo's Empulse electric motorcycle line to race for points and championship standing in regular gas bike racing. n/a. Empulse RR's at Laguna Seca. On Tuesday, Brammo and the ...
Brammo eBikes are off to the races - against gas powered bikes?Digital Trends

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http://www.torquenews.com/1075/brammo-empulse-electric-motorcycles-app

Brammo Empulse electric motorcycles approved to race against gas ...

By David Herron on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 14:48 In a historic move for the electric motorcycle racing, the AFM has approved Brammo's Empulse electric motorcycle ...

http://www.torquenews.com/1075/brammo-empulse-electric-motorcycles-app

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Bringing green vehicle technology to auto racing

As a research engineer at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, Forrest Jehlik is focused on improving the technology for vehicles such as plug-in hybrids and electric cars, and increasing the use of alternative fuels that range from compressed ...
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/bringing-gre

Ferrari LaFerrari: New Hybrid Hypercar Revealed At Geneva

After months of speculation, the latest Ferrari hypercar is finally here. You may wonder why we'd announce such a thing on Green Car Reports--after all, the Enzo, F50, F50 and 288 GTO hypercars were never that green. Usually very, very red, in fact. But as with many other current top-end supercars with unbelievable performance, technology is...

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1082700_la-ferrari-new-hybrid-hype

LaFerrari: Fastest-ever supercar electric hybrid with top speed of 220mph (and ...

... 5 seconds faster than a Ferrari Enzo and more than 3 seconds faster than a the F12 Berlinetta. The company said that LaFerrari, which made its world debut at today's Geneva International Motor Show, is the fastest car in Maranello's history and ...
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Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2288318/LaFerrari-Fastest-supe

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Daytona Video is Finally Here!

I had hoped there would be a full length DVD, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  But I have been assured this is the just right length for normal people.  Pfft, normal people. It was a strange experience watching this video for the first time.  I hadn’t watched the other Daytona content in quite [...]

http://esbk.co/2013/03/05/the-daytona-video-is-finally-here

The FIM Teams Up With TTXGP For Promotion of New e-Road Racing Series

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with TTXGP to promote a new series of electric powered motorcycle road racing events. This agreement lays the groundwork for growth and a higher profile for the sport.

http://www.egrandprix.com/news.php?id=32

TTXGP/FIM - the roadmap for the electric FIM World Championship

TTXGP and FIM have combined to build and deliver the next decade of top flight electric motorsport. We invite you to share, contribute and be part of the change for the next generation.

http://www.egrandprix.com/news.php?id=32

Nissan Prepping All-Electric 24 Hours Of Le Mans Racer?

24-hours-leafIt's hard to believe that it is already March, and in a few short months the 24 Hours of Le Mans will once again race into the history books. There's a lot of talk about this year's famous endurance race, including what car Nissan will contribute to the experimental "Garage 56". With Nissan no longer backing the DeltaWing racer, rumor has it that the Japanese automaker could field a pure-electric race car.

While Nissan did not explicitly say they would bring a pure-electric race car to Le Mans, it would make a lot of sense; the Japanese giant has sunk billions of dollars into the Leaf EV, and so far sales are not what executives hoped for. Nissan really needs to give its electric car efforts a shot in the arm, and a pure electric race car debuting at the world's oldest endurance race could be the jolt it needs.

Specfically, Nissan said that their Le Mans entry "...is targeting a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014 with a pioneering Nissan race car showcasing electric technology." Now that could imply a pure electric, a hybrid, or simply a modified version of the Nissan Leaf NISMO Competizone RC. We're hoping to something completely new and different though.

Last year Nissan backed the efforts of the DeltaWing team, which is working to produce a race car that uses half the fuel, half the horsepower, and half the tires, while still going as fast as current competitors. The DeltaWing will compete for points this year, and it will be joined by another experimental race car, the hydrogen-powered Green GT.

Nissan needs to prop up its own flagging EV models...and there isn't anyplace better to get a lot of auto enthusiast attention than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What are you guessing Nissan brings to the track at this year's Le Mans race?

Source: Green Car Reports

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Dallara Building Official Chassis For Formula E Series

dallara-formula-e-2For electric car racing fans, the upcoming Formula E series is something worth getting excited about. With some of the biggest names in Formula One racing pledging to participate in this fledgling series, Formula E could be the series that gets young people excited about electric cars. With Italy's Dallara Automobili now committed to building the official Formula E racing chassis, we can start visualizing the future of electric motorsports.

The Formula E series is offering competitors a choice of entering their own electric race car design, or of buying an officially sanctioned and designed car. Spark Racing Technology, a group of companies working to make the Formula E a reality, has released these first sketches. McLaren has been charged with building a drivetrain called the SRT_01E for the Formula E racers, and rumor has it a mid-race car swap will be necessary for the hour-long competitions.

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With Italy's Dallara designing the chassis, Spark has released some sketches of what the official Formula E racer will look like. Other Formula One outfits, like Bluebird Racing and Drayson Racing, will be entering Formula E race cars of their own design. The Dallara design borrows heavily from Formula One, and race weight is said to be around 1,700 pounds thanks to lightweight materials like carbon fiber.

The Formula E series is set to debut in 2014, and will be hosted in at least ten city centers including places like Rome, San Paulo, London, and perhaps even New York City. This is the future of motorsports; let's hope Dallara is up to the task.

Source: Plug-In Cars

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Finally, grassroots electric racing takes hold. M1GP Rd 2 next weekend!

Alright, big apologies to both the M1GP and Hollywood Electrics for taking so long to get to this.  I haven’t been exactly prolific as of late waiting on the TTXGP and FIM to release their news.  The jist of all this is that the M1GP, a self described mini road-racing league in California, has adopted [...]

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Crowdfunding a 1000HP electric drag-race motorcycle

A crowdfunding bid to build a rolling chassis of an electric drag-race motorcycle to inspire and excite the next generation of UK engineers, scientists, and technicians.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMj2amO-lvE&feature=youtube_gdat

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Video: Volar-E Electric Race Car Boasts 1,000 Horsepower

volar-eElectric supercars have suddenly become quite popular with the well-heeled elite, and companies with almost no automotive experience are designing performance EVs to tap into this emerging market. Spanish industrial firm Applus Idiada just unveiled the Volar-e, an all-electric supercar they claim has a peak output of 1,000 horsepower.

Utilizing four separate electric motors and a 38 kWh battery pack made up of 10 individual cells, the Volar-e is the latest addition to an ever-growing stable of electric supercars. Charging time is said to take between just 15 and 20 minutes thanks to a unique fast charger, and the four electric motors produce a combined 737 ft-lbs of torque.

According to Applus Idiada, this is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 3.4 seconds, and an electronically governed top speed of 186 mph. That makes it just as fast as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive supercar, though there is no word on range or, of course, price. The Volar-e also faces competition from the Rimac Concept_One EV, which also boasts around 1,000 horsepower.

But to us, any electric car with performance aspirations is well worth writing about. Just don't expect to see one parked outside your office anytime soon.

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FIA Formula E Team China Racing presentation in Paris 27/02/2013

Check out the presentation highlights in case you missed it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAxI40bIetY&feature=youtube_gdat

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