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by Clay
Tue, 02 Dec 2008, 18:56
Forum: EV Motoring
Topic: Top Gear Australia
Replies: 90
Views: 13957

Top Gear Australia

No it's not the number of episodes that was the problem mate, it was the presenters. They had no chemistry and they were dickheads, end of story. If 4000 people auditioned and they were the best, who did they reject? All jokes were forced, most were crap, and I think the aussie Stig should have had ...
by Clay
Fri, 21 Nov 2008, 15:02
Forum: Members Machines
Topic: RMIT e-racing 2008
Replies: 38
Views: 8790

RMIT e-racing 2008

That thing is awesome - well done mate. We've been talking for a while about trying to do a lightweight FSAE style hillclimber but you've just set the bar with that thing. Interesting colour - looks like the late 80's/early 90's Leyton House March F1 colour (Adrian Newey's first F1 team). Cannot wai...
by Clay
Mon, 03 Nov 2008, 16:15
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Perth eV Challenge 08
Replies: 11
Views: 2330

Perth eV Challenge 08

There was an article in the paper on Saturday which stated the winning distance was 57 laps and fastest time of around a 51.5 second lap. From memory was that less than you ran in '07 Stu? Either way, congrats Rod. The paper didn't say whether that was the open or Yuasa class distance either. Hope t...
by Clay
Wed, 29 Oct 2008, 14:56
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Perth eV Challenge 08
Replies: 11
Views: 2330

Perth eV Challenge 08

Good to see you racing again Rod. How did you go? I didn't race this year due to the teacher's union industrial action, but I would be interested in hearing how the day went.
by Clay
Wed, 15 Oct 2008, 19:08
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Bike racing?
Replies: 10
Views: 2936

Electric Bike racing?

Yeah you might be right. Saying that our illustrious government is so efficient... I emailed them about that very issue - would we need pedals? - about six weeks ago and do you think I've recieved any kind of reply?...
by Clay
Wed, 24 Sep 2008, 05:36
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: NSW Hillclimb Championship
Replies: 6
Views: 1823

NSW Hillclimb Championship

Awesome. Let us know when you've got the thing up and running mate...
by Clay
Tue, 23 Sep 2008, 01:00
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Bike racing?
Replies: 10
Views: 2936

Electric Bike racing?

I got the bike running on friday arvo and it was a bit of a laugh. Not too quick mind you, but it was blowing pretty hard and the aerodynamics are somewhat, ah, upright. But we were averaging about 30km/h (on a twisty track as well!) from an old 20 inch bmx/mountain bike bunky. Put the same motor an...
by Clay
Thu, 18 Sep 2008, 06:04
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: NSW Hillclimb Championship
Replies: 6
Views: 1823

NSW Hillclimb Championship

I figured we start with a kart-based vehicle and work up from there. Anyone say twin etek kart with both motors on 48V?...
by Clay
Thu, 11 Sep 2008, 03:16
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: NSW Hillclimb Championship
Replies: 6
Views: 1823

NSW Hillclimb Championship

Just thought that you guys in NSW would be interested to know that the committee of the NSW Hillclimb series have approved electric vehicles racing in their championship. Apparently there is a CAMS committee based out of SA looking at rules etc. he're trying to get a prize pool together for the firs...
by Clay
Wed, 10 Sep 2008, 05:37
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Bike racing?
Replies: 10
Views: 2936

Electric Bike racing?

Well I've got a 200W motor with a 24V LiPO pack just lying around at school, so we're going to give it a crack. If anyone would care to try as well, use a max 200W motor on a BMX frame and the wheels need to be 20" BMX wheels. You can stretch the wheelbase to 1270mm (50 inches) and it can't weigh le...
by Clay
Sun, 07 Sep 2008, 20:58
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Bike racing?
Replies: 10
Views: 2936

Electric Bike racing?

Just thinking about your earlier reply Thlass, the use of BMX frames in gravity biking doesn't meant they would be on BMX tracks - they are road racers, which would be my idea.
by Clay
Sat, 06 Sep 2008, 05:05
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Bike racing?
Replies: 10
Views: 2936

Electric Bike racing?

Lack of a workshop shouldn't be an issue - most of the bike kits are bolt-on. Racing on BMX tracks could be interesting. I'd thought mainly of road tracks but jumps could be cool!
by Clay
Fri, 05 Sep 2008, 00:38
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Bike racing?
Replies: 10
Views: 2936

Electric Bike racing?

Been a while since I've posted, with the wind seemingly out of the sails of the Electrathon idea. Unfortunately only one other WA eV challenge competitor was interested in a new, faster, safer event. However, what about a race for electric bikes? Most of the motors, controller and battery packs used...
by Clay
Tue, 06 May 2008, 05:33
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Swan TAFE eV Challenge 2007
Replies: 29
Views: 3721

Swan TAFE eV Challenge 2007

Ian, good to see another west aussie take on Stuey and his boys. I';ll try and asnwer your questions as well as I can without giving away too many trade secrets... 1. Batteries. If you're skilled enough to put together your own controller than you can probably wire together a 36V 12Ah NiMH battery b...
by Clay
Wed, 02 Apr 2008, 16:13
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Swan TAFE eV Challenge 2007
Replies: 29
Views: 3721

Swan TAFE eV Challenge 2007

Having had another read through the 'New Generation Batteries' section of the ev challenge website (http://evchallenge.swantafe.edu.au) there is a sentence there which has me very concerned about what the committee driving the event really wants the event to achieve. It says, and I quote: "Overall t...
by Clay
Thu, 27 Mar 2008, 20:15
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Swan TAFE eV Challenge 2007
Replies: 29
Views: 3721

Swan TAFE eV Challenge 2007

Amen brother... Trust me, had you been a fly on the wall in the committee meetings when I was on the committee, you'd understand diplomacy is not my strong suit either. The idea would be to lift all restrictions on cost, improve the safety rules, allow for whatever technology you want, still impose ...
by Clay
Thu, 27 Mar 2008, 14:46
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Swan TAFE eV Challenge 2007
Replies: 29
Views: 3721

Swan TAFE eV Challenge 2007

Having been an entrant in every eV Challenge held since 2001, the performance of Stuart's team last year astounded me. Here was a new team, never having seen the other cars before, rock up all the way from Melbourne and re-write the rules for the competition. I have immense respect for that. The 200...
by Clay
Mon, 10 Mar 2008, 07:47
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electrathon Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 1866

Electrathon Australia

I reckon that's a really good idea - except i'm yet to see a driver who weighs 200kg! Maybe 90kg, or else have the driver in the car and lift it by the belts etc. The test would also be done away from racing. Get the cars logbooked and they can be properly scrutineered for compliance without the tim...
by Clay
Mon, 10 Mar 2008, 01:02
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electrathon Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 1866

Electrathon Australia

Make that 89mph - I got a bit excited...
by Clay
Mon, 10 Mar 2008, 00:59
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electrathon Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 1866

Electrathon Australia

I know we have had a thread on this general discussion, but it's a racing category, we need a racing thread. have a look at this site if you'd like. A guy running an electrathon car at bonneville. Does about 100mph!

http://destinyparts.com

How good would that be in Australia? Let's make it happen
by Clay
Fri, 25 Jan 2008, 01:59
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Superkarts
Replies: 13
Views: 3157

Electric Superkarts

Cheers stu. I just know that over here the response has been flat to say the least. If we get this off the ground - either electrathon or karts, then that would be sensational. It is simply another option
by Clay
Thu, 24 Jan 2008, 16:56
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Superkarts
Replies: 13
Views: 3157

Electric Superkarts

That's basically a superkart, except a superkart runs wings as well. The advantages these things have is that parts are cheap, donor vehicles (i.e. second hand karts) are cheap, the only parts we need to build ourselves are the motor mounts, the wiring loom, adapt the throttle to work a potentiomete...
by Clay
Thu, 24 Jan 2008, 04:28
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Electric Superkarts
Replies: 13
Views: 3157

Electric Superkarts

Hi again. I know I've posted previously a topic on the electrathon series and I still think that is a good option for electric racing. However, what if the series was to be for Superkarts instead? As I've previously mentioned, due to an existing competition here in Perth not many of the locals are k...
by Clay
Wed, 16 Jan 2008, 06:43
Forum: EV Racing
Topic: Thanks for adding an EV Racing section
Replies: 11
Views: 2524

Thanks for adding an EV Racing section

Well, I do have my (allegedly) 35hp PMG powered open wheeler under construction now. The chassis is strong enough to handle lots more power (over engineered somewhat) and it will look something like a Formula SAE car. Aiming for a vehicle weight of 100kg with batteries. I still don;t know what the b...
by Clay
Tue, 04 Dec 2007, 07:33
Forum: General EV Discussion
Topic: Heavy quad comeback?
Replies: 10
Views: 1511

Heavy quad comeback?

I agree... to a point. In Japan they have had the 'Kei' class cars for years. They are 600cc or thereabouts mini-cars which have different safety standards simply because they are designed for inner city driving. While I would not in any way advocate an unsafe car - which the REVA seems to be in com...