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1st electric offroad car will participate in the Dakar rally raid 2012

 
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BetaFlasher BetaFlasher
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 08/11
Posted: 08/04/11
03:54 AM

Hi everyone!

First of all, I’m new here and this will be my first post Smile
Secondly, I have pretty exciting news for EV fans! Read further Wink

First electric off-road car called “OSCar eO” is being built at the moment and is going to participate in the Dakar rally raid 2012 to win it.
This is the first time when electric off-road car is going to participate in the Dakar rally raid and, in my opinion, is worth attention.

Citation from “OSCar eO” website:
“Designed and built with the unique eO drive-train technology in Latvia by a long-time race driver and engineer Andris Dambis from OSC. An evolution of the famously durable OSCar O3.

16 modules of powerful and durable battery packs from Winston Battery with combined voltage of 614 V and total energy of 61 kWh.
Two powerful permanent magnet electric motors (with support for regenerative braking) of combined power of 180 kW nominal and 315 kW peak. Nominal torque 500 Nm, peak torque 800 Nm. Top speed of 140 km/h.

Electricity generating shock absorbers developed by Donerre in cooperation with OSC.”


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In progress:
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Powerful electric engine which will run the car:
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28 boxes with 660 batteries. "OSCar eO" will have 172 onboard.
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Here’s a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GmEBcmpzks&feature=channel_video_title
LIVE video from their workshop to follow how the car is being built: #Live

- BetaFlasher  

waynep7122 waynep7122
Addict | Posts: 4561 | Joined: 08/09
Posted: 08/04/11
06:21 AM

looks like they are going to preposition batteries along the way...

i sure hope that they have figured a secure way to prevent electric shock when curious people see them sitting out along the race course... i wonder what these are...    ZAP!!!!!

i actually wonder if land rover went to a coil spring suspension to prevent the parked vehicles from being rolled over and the springs removed to make the fine steel leaf springs into knifes..  

waynep7122 waynep7122
Addict | Posts: 4561 | Joined: 08/09
Posted: 08/04/11
06:36 AM

i also wonder.. if they molded the fenders and body panels out of a flexible material by vacu forming..  so they keep their flexibility.. instead of fracturing if they hit something..


i wonder.. if one could vacu form over the pattern a single layer of plastic...    spray it with some adhesive...   then drop a layer of kevlar cloth on it that has a layer of plastic on one side to allow the vacu forming machine to pull the kevlar layer down onto the piece..   the plastic removed..  any kinks cut out or folded down... more glue applied to the top of that layer.  and a top sheet then vacuum formed on top of that..    that should make some fairly tough parts..  

BetaFlasher BetaFlasher
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 08/11
Posted: 08/04/11
02:35 PM

These guys know what they are doing because they have made 15 cars like this before (petrol engine of course, not electric) for Dakar rally raid Smile Every car they make, is made from absolutely 0. They are not production cars which are customized, but every car is unique.
Check this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLH3gevB3uU&feature=player_embedded  

BetaFlasher BetaFlasher
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 08/11
Posted: 08/05/11
06:49 AM

I have more exciting news for you!
We have started to film a documentary about “OSCar eO” - the first off-road electric car which is going to participate in the Dakar rally raid 2012.
This documentary is about a family building the first electric off-road car “OSCar eO” to participate in the Dakar rally raid 2012 and win it. We have open access to the building process and permission from “OSCar eO” manufacturer to show details of the building process when the rally raid is over. We have the resources to shoot the building process once a month, but we firmly believe that the film will be way more gripping if we can film more often - at least each week. You can help us to twice the number of shooting days. We have created a profile on Rockethub, which is open for donations: http://rockethub.com/projects/2159-electric-off-road-1
If we raise the targeted resources on Rockethub, we will have twice the number of shooting days and as a result you will be able to see 90 minutes long documentary about world’s first electric off-road car “OSCar eO” which is going to participate in the Dakar rally raid 2012.

Thank you!

- BetaFlasher  

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