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Old 04-05-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Default Electric car drag racing!!!

This is the future...still undecided if I like it or not.
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I went to an airshow this weekend, and they had an all electric airplane. How the **** did they pull that off? Kind of like a boat made of lead.
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This is really an eye opener. I work for a battery manufacturer where we produce Lead Acid, AGM, and many different types of batteries for the automotive and industrial market.
Perhaps instead of researching an ITB which would make less power than my car does with a turbo setup, and be less fuel efficient; I should be looking into an electric conversion! Or maybe not...but look at the video, 11's on a bunch of batteries?
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I really hope electric power is the way of the future.
With advances in batteries hopefully it will be.

Imagine, no more oil changes!
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No more a lot of things, but where there are pro's there must be con's. I predict higher rise in electric bills! I mean come on, if gas is almost $4 a gallon, what's my monthly electric bill gonna cost to charge my 11 sec street car? $1000?
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I mean come on, if gas is almost $4 a gallon, what's my monthly electric bill gonna cost to charge my 11 sec street car? $1000?
That depends mostly on the decisions which we (the US) makes about energy policy in the next few years.

If we focus on "green" energy (wind, solar, etc) then electricity costs will probably rise, as we will need to increase our use of fossil-fuels (coal, natural gas, etc) to cover the gap between "installed" (potential) capacity and "actual" capacity, while at the same time increasing the cost of energy derived from those sources due to the inevitable need for carbon-sequestration technology. (In other words, solar panels don't generate energy at night, which is when we'll all be charging our cars)

On the other hand, if we start building new high-density, high-capacity energy generation facilities (eg: fission) soon enough, then those plants should start coming on-line at about the point when battery-powered automobiles reach critical mass.
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I've been toying with building an electric race car for a while. I would definitely try do something similar with using an old Datsun, but I'd probably use the Z body.
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Z bodies are win. Opel GT would be a good candidate also.
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Woot. Yay for Oregonian hippies. I had no idea this was running locally. Very impressive.
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Oh man, this is for sale locally:


Apparently little rust, but not running. Now if he'd only take $500 for it...
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