NEWLY UPDATED! Nov. 9
NO! This Team Will NOT Show Up in Ensenada!!! Answered on November 8
END UPDATE, END REPORTING
We have REAL Race Vehicles to Report on for the BAJA 1000
Will This Team Show Up in Ensenada? Asked on November 5
The principals of this effort have been doing the publicity parade now for months. They still need $200,000+
The EV-1 desert shakedowns have happened and the SRD people said right after the desert testing, the rig should "maybe do a 100 mile event first".
This quote tells us they have some serious questions about their all electric effort in a 1,000+ mile desert off-road race. So, plan on an entry into the race, but lots of cover-ups about why they make only to Race Mile 58. More Later>>>
The EV-1 practice at its Vista build shop.
The EV-1 made it to the Off-Road Expo.
It drove in and out of the event. The inside word on this effort is about money.
Range for the rig is about 120-150 miles. They must change battery packs ever time about 5 min to change pack. The first test is coming this week. To do a race like the 1000 we would require 4 sets of batteries to be swapped in and out of the race car. Once they come out of the car, they will be charged with 21,000 kW Sensitive Equipment Complaint Diesel Generators in the chase trucks during transport. There is no engine breaking on this car. The motors are "selectable" - they can run together or manually shut-off separately. Everything runs off the main power pack however, there is an Auxillery Power Unit (DC/DC converter) that runs all 12 volt accessories.
The team needs a major sponsor to get to Baja 1000. The team claims they will race in the desert racing season, 2013, next year.
The rig charges with genie in a chase truck . Battery packs weight 900 lbs each and there are 2 ,1 for each motor (SRD). They bought the chassis from Brenthal Ind and modified it at there shop with some help from a company that races an electric M3.
We saw it drive for the first time a couple weeks ago. It seems like it's going to be extremely fast. The electric M3 is built / raced by EV West.
July 24, 2012
Bill Caswell Chokes on The Electric Dong.
Let's remember Bill isn't a journalist, he's a failed financial adviser, now compensated race hack. His Baja racing experience got him to San Felipe.
(Everbody else in the race made it the ENTIRE length of the event, to Ensenada, Baja Mexico. Yes Bill, rust never sleeps)
""I Drove A Wicked Fast Electric BMW And It Made Me A Believer In EV Racing By: San Felipe Bill
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