Part 13 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
A day at Bruntingthorpe
Two weeks ago now we took the Nemesis to Bruntingthorpe, for it's first real track day.
We had two purposes, to test safety followed by speed.
The safety aspect was about the stability of the car in the event that one of the motors or belts suddenly quit -- having separate rear drives means we have the potential for some considerable torque steer in the wrong circumstances.
So our test pilot took the car down the track at increasing speeds, while the co pilot threw a switch -- to disable one motor. The car has a system that responds to the loss of drive on one wheel, we needed to know if it was responding fast enough.
The results were good. In a straight line the impact of losing one motor, even at speeds well in excess of 100mph, was very slight (on the steering).
To read the full article or to join the conversation, check out the blog post: http://zerocarbonista.com/2010/08/23/wind-car-update-%E2%80%93-13-of-6/
Part 12 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
We're getting there....
There was a time when I thought we'd make this car in 12 episodes (actually there was a time when I thought we'd make it in 6)... :)
But here we are, episode 12 of 6, and I think we're still a couple of episodes away from completion.
Latest news is that the BMS and the ECUs are both now fitted and the car is back in Norfolk. All that's left is the pre track and road shakedown testing.
We're looking mainly at battery temperatures throughout the 'stack' to make sure that under heavy load it stays consistent (across the stack) and within the operating range. For me battery temperature and the attendant risk of thermal run away is probably the big risk in the whole car.
But so far so very good.
To read the whole article or to join the discussion - check out the blog post for this video: http://zerocarbonista.com/2010/06/29/wind-car-update-12-of-6/
Part 11 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
Heres our latest, probably penultimate, video update of the wind car project.
Ive had the Nemesis (yes it finally has a name) on the road for the last few weeks and its been a lot of fun (unless youre a hedge in my vicinity.:).
Ill give the car back to the engineers in a couple more weeks, once the battery management system is ready to install and well enter the home straight then. Theres still quite a bit of finishing to do.
Im hoping to have the car back (and finished) towards the end of Oct, but well see.
Sorry not to have had the time yet to answer a number of questions posted here, hope to catch up soon.
To read the full post and to join the discussion on the blog: http://zerocarbonista.com/2009/08/25/wind-car-update-11-of-6/#more-637
Part 8 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
Heres our latest video.
The big focus of this episode is design and, as youll see, its definitely taking shape.
Im off to Norfolk next week to meet the Sun, they love the idea BTW, and nail down a few questions on detail (with the A team).
Couple more weeks after that I hope we might be having our first test drive, perhaps in episode 9 of 6 - but lets see. :)
Some really cool names keep coming in.
Though Im back to thinking maybe zero.
But as somebody said here, I reckon Ill need to see the finished thing and drive it
then Ill know its name....
If you want to read the full post and join the discussion, join us on the blog: http://zerocarbonista.com/2009/04/17/the-wind-car-%e2%80%93-episode-8-of-6/
Part 7 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
Heres the latest episode of our Wind Car series, clearly were running behind the original plan, with episode 7 of 6 :)
But hey ho, I dont suppose the wheel was invented in a day - to mix metaphors a little.
We hit a big milestone in this episode with the first turning of the wheels and John Vidal from the Guardian joining us.
The car still looks a bit of a mess in some ways, a bit like road kill (no offence to the A-team) but the engineering fundamentals are in place now. Current best guess is first drive at the end of April
To read the full post and to join the discussion on the blog: http://zerocarbonista.com/2009/04/01/the-wind-car-episode-7-of-6
Part 6 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
The first thing I should say here is that this isnt the last episode of our little video series
it cant be - we just havent finished yet. So expect Episodes 7 and probably 8 of 6 before long :)
Second thing to say is Ive got a new idea for a name. Im quite taken with it....
To read the full post and to join the discussion on the blog: http://zerocarbonista.com/2009/02/17/the-wind-car-episode-6-of-6/
Part 5 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
Hope you enjoy episode 5 of our video series, things are moving a pace now.
Im off to Norfolk this week to hook up with the team and shoot the next episode.
Expecting to see the batteries, motors and transmission all installed, have to say Im more than a little excited by that.
To read the full post and to join the discussion on the blog: http://zerocarbonista.com/2009/01/20/the-wind-car-5-of-6/
Part 4 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
Here it is then, the fourth episode of the making of our wind car.
By the time we get to the sixth Im hoping itll be on the road.
Good vid this one, all looks very industrial over there in Norfolk - and stuff is starting to come together.
Im thinking its about time to come up with a name, and Ive come up with a short list.
First thanks to everybody that sent suggestions, I enjoyed and appreciated them all, very much.
The short list Ive come up with, and the reasons for each, are as follows:
Zero - Short version of the Zero C suggestion, has a certain neatness about it and many interpretations.
WW2 Japanese fighter of course.
Also a typical car has a badge announcing its cubic capacity, valve and/or turbo numbers
- Zero all of this in our case.
And Zero combustion/carbon.
And it has a nice ring to it.
Nemesis - Darker altogether and spawned from my traveller days when 2000 AD (the comic) was a cult read - anyone familiar with that will know the nemesis character.
And Nemesis to the ICE car industry is exactly what EVs and WEVs are going to be, IMO.
Like this one for the dark side.
Storm - Weather inspired (not X men :)), toyed with Tornado and Hurricane, both of which I like, but feel that Storm is more understated but still evocative.
This is after all a weather driven car.
Id love to hear what you all think.
Time to name the Wind Powered Car.
Come and join the discussion on the blog: http://zerocarbonista.com/2008/12/16/the-wind-car-ep4-time-for-a-name/
Part 3 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
Heres the third in our series of monthly wind car videos.
You can see the body really starting to take shape here, and hear Peter talk about toughening up of the look, from his original.
Weve placed all the parts within the car now and began machining/producing some of the bigger components, like the transmission.
And the batteries have arrived. Crazy thing about that was, to travel by ship they needed to be in their own 40 foot container, for safety reasons - but it was OK to stick them in the hold of a Jumbo jet, as they are Not sure how that works!
Hope you enjoy the vid.
Full blog post here: http://zerocarbonista.com/2008/11/21/wind-car-video-update-part-3/
Part 2 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
Here's the second of our monthly video updates on the Wind car project. I'm off to Norfolk next week to take a look at the proposed body modifications and generally have a catch up with the team. Im looking fwd to it. Chassis has been lengthened, battery housing and transmission are now designed and under construction and were very slightly behind the estimated timeline, but still heading for Dec on the road. Meanwhile out in the world, where so much is changing lately - I hear Tesla are laying off staff and suffering some kind of financial difficulty raising doubts about their future.
Read the full blog post and comment: http://zerocarbonista.com/2008/10/20/the-wind-car-is-on-its-way-video-update-part-2/
Part 1 - Zerocarbonista - The Wind Car is on its way
Work started in earnest on our wind powered car about 6 weeks ago. Were making good progress, close to plan and budget so far.
Should be posting one of these a month now as we count down to the day we get this wind powered car on the road.
Our first focus was the batteries - where to put them to keep the weight in the car in the right place in terms of centre of gravity and front/rear weight distribution. And how to house them so that we can keep them physically restrained but control their temperature during charging and discharging and protect them from the elements.
Read the full blog post and comment: http://zerocarbonista.com/2008/09/15/the-wind-car-is-on-its-way/