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Postby nikitasimt » Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:27 pm

Tony I have just made a subscription to the magazine for one year
so i will get the magazine directly from them
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Postby chrishallett83 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:14 pm

In regards to the electric vs. petrol engine debate, I wonder if it would be feasible to place just one of those 120kW/750Nm hub motors in the drive cassette (modified of course) of the PIRCV rear end and use the engine bay for the batery packs and controllers... Also there will be no need for a rear braking setup, the motor controllers will do all that for you, and can use braking forces to regenerate power to extend battery life....

So lets say with the 25 kilos of electric motor replacing approximately 85 kilos of petrol engine, then the 15 kilos or so of fuel tank and fuel, that leaves us with 75 kilograms of weight loss to fill up with batteries and controllers. So, a pack of 6 multi-cell batteries in parallel to give the 'reservoir' capacity that we want weighing approximately 10 kilos each, another 10 kilos for the controller setup, and 5 kilos for the cabling, and we're about even on weight.

Plus there's no power loss through the chain drive, no chain lube and adjustment necessary anymore, no clutch to worry about, this is starting to sound pretty good to me.

Granted the range still won't be as good as a petrol buggy with a decent size tank, but claiming you can get 300 kms out of a 'Busa-powered Barracuda with a 15 litre tank was a bit of a 'manipulation' of the truth anyway. And you can always add a second bank of batteries to double the range, whilst only adding 60 kilos to the weight. Which is about 45kg more than just adding another 15 litre fuel tank to a Barra, but if you want to go "zappy", obviously there are concessions to be made. And hip-pocket pain to be felt.

'Cos after all, 120kW(160 horsepower) is PLENTY (easy 150-170 km/h) of power, and 750 Nm is more grunt than you'll ever be able to put to ground in a 2 wheel drive buggy on dirt...

I forsee one fast yet silent buggy coming up! The perfect tool for sneaking away from the missus!
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Postby Dramatica » Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:19 pm

Do it Chris. I'll back ya! (but not financially).
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Postby Mongrel » Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:51 pm

+2 kg for speaker / amp to make broom broom noises (when not in stealth mode)
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Postby chrishallett83 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:21 pm

I don't need broom broom noises! I really don't mind if my imaginary electric buggy sounds like a spin dryer -

"Hey, your buggy sounds like a sewing machine!"

"My sewing machine just beat your buggy didn't it?"

"Abloo bloo bloo" (sounds of crying)

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Postby Camel » Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:10 am

Actually, you could whip up any goddamned sound you want. Synchronise your throttle potentiometer to your favourite Wham soundtrack and Pilot 2-stroke ringading ding!
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Postby chrishallett83 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:16 pm

If it's quiet, I can hear other buggies trying to sneak up and pass me...
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Postby Mongrel » Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:18 pm

I would put a big whip on it and get a mate to stand next to the track with a big remote control - would be fun to see how many people actually believed it!
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Postby chrishallett83 » Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:27 pm

But they'd be able to hear me screaming from the cockpit - "ArghIdon'twannadieohshitajumpohshittreeshahawheeaaargh!"
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Postby Gsx550taipan » Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:12 am

anyone who has showtime there is a good doco on called " who killed the electric car?
' its really good and has so much info into whta toyota has done and what gm are doing also. very interesting if your me.

cheers... michael p.s thought some might like to view it.
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Postby finggers » Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:09 pm

Not sure what happened but did i miss the issue with the cuda in ?
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Postby monty » Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:12 pm

i hvent got/seen it yet
at 12,500rpm
no one can hear you scream

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Postby Tony » Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:21 pm

No, it supposed to be the next issue.
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Postby finggers » Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:26 pm

thats ok then . just got the latest and no show !!!! :cry:
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Postby Tony » Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:33 pm

What issue is that Ian, issue 13 or 14?
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Postby finggers » Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:35 pm

I just bought 13 . with the red rock crawler on the front cover .
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Postby Tony » Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:49 pm

Phew.......... the article should be in issue 14.
I have just emailed the Editor to once again make damn sure !!
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Postby Sean (Foggy) Leggett » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:04 am

Hey Tony did you make mention of the clubs around Australia people can drive them at in the rite up?
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Postby Tony » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:25 pm

Yes I did.
They may be doing a thing with the TORC club.
I'm not sure yet as I have not seen a proof of the article.
I have been advised that I will receive it this week.
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Postby David Reid » Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:02 pm

Hey guys I've missed something here, is there a magazine out with buggys in it? :shock:
Don't worry I just went back and found it! :oops:
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