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electric ariel atom

Discussion in 'Motors' started by hsp70, 17 May 2006.

  1. hsp70

    Hitman

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    interesting video of some guy in america converting an atom to run via a motor racing a 360, and 911. Not your average milk float :p

    http://www.wrightspeed.com/index.html

    link to video on the website.
     
  2. Scottland

    Capodecina

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    Impressive, although I'd like to see it compared to a normal Atom. That or stick the electric engine in something of a similar stature to the 360/CarreraGT.
     
  3. chrislusty

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    Yeah impressive, but in a long race the petrol car wins all the time :D

    I wonder what it would have been like up against the Atom.
    It doesnt seem right though watching it go that fast without any engine note. At least we could hear the 360 and 911.
     
  4. Rich1988

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    he makes it sound as if he built the whole car, doesnt mention that its british made!
     
  5. DanF

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    erm

    Nice figures:

     
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  6. refuzion

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    I've always wondered, wouldn't racing cars such as F1 benefit from using electric power over fuel? As these cars usually only do 30 or so laps before they refuel, the charge would last? Surely they'd save quite a bit of weight.
     
  7. GlasgowTitan

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    Not in the rules.
     
  8. Lithium

    Hitman

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    No because the energy required in an F1 race is more than a battery can provide.
     
  9. hsp70

    Hitman

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    batteries is the real letdown at the moment in terms of progression for electric powered vehicles, too small capacity, too expensive right now, and compared to petrol, takes too long to recharge.

    But they have so much potential, depending on the source of electricity they can be very environmentally friendly. Less moving parts so as reliable if not more so than conventional engines. Max torque at the get go, and amazing energy efficiency (something like 90% of the energy is actually used to move the vehicle, compared to the incredible waste of only 30% being motive force in petrol).
     
  10. SaBBz

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    That would mean changing the battery at pit stops, or waiting for about 5 hours for it to charge. Saying that, it wouldn't make it any more boring to watch atm :o