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11.03.2018: Here are some more reactions to my article about electric cars in motorsport, which can still be read on the News pages of www.Racedates.com. > TIM NASH (organiser of Mintex Rally

Here are some more reactions to my article about electric cars in motorsport, which can still be read on the News pages of www.Racedates.com.



> TIM NASH (organiser of Mintex Rally Yorkshire & Lombard Rally Bath)


Your comments about a 1,000 mile trial for electric cars were very interesting. Whether such an event would work at the moment, with short battery life, I don't know - not enough experience of them.



Lombard Rally Bath shows that there is a huge appetite for something different. When I came up with the idea, I thought that 30 cars might turn up. I looked at the room where the dinner would take place, at the Bath Spa Hotel, and thought that perhaps 70 people were going to look damn silly in it!



Within a few weeks, I had to contact them to arrange to have both their banqueting rooms and - after three months - I had to say "no more", when we got to 100 cars.



My last Facebook post about where to see the cars on the Saturday run got 10,000 hits. So there is still interest in rallying out there, just of a different type...




> ANDREW COLEY (APC Sport)



Are you aware of the plan for the FIA World Rallycross Championship to go electric with the main class in 2020?


Lots of chat about electric motorsport, but no mention of that so far, which surprised me; I'm pretty sure it will be the first electric FIA World Championship.






> DOUG STOKES (long-time American motorsports professional)


Here's my single, immutable rule for any sort of racing event: the vehicle which starts the event must (regardless of what it is powered with), by at least 90%, be the same vehicle which started the event.


This is not the Pony Express of the old west in the USA, where there was a fresh horse every 22 miles; this is racing, the challenge should be very plain.




> KEITH BAUD (co-driver  & event organiser)


Most people today think that motoring started with the internal combustion engine but...



Electric vehicles have been on our roads much longer than petrol or diesel versions. An electric carriage moved under its own power in Aberdeen in 1837, while London's first licensed taxi cab in 1897 was also electric.


The first ever motor rally in the USA was won by an electric car.


The first vehicle to exceed 100kph on land was Jenatzy's electrically powered car "La Jamais Contente", which set a new World Land Speed Record in 1899.



The current Land Speed Record for electric cars stands at over 180mph (1995).


Had the internal combustion engine, with its improved performance, reliability and range, not been invented when it was, perhaps electric vehicles would be more advanced...



A few months after running the first EV Rally, I was invited to Colnbrook (home of the MSA) to discuss the future of EVs in motorsport with Colin Hilton. I took with me a chap called Andy Warr, who had done the event in an Enfield, was studying electronics at the University of Wales and was the son of Peter Warr of Lotus F1 fame. I don't think the MSA thought the idea would ever catch on...



Another guy I came across while planning the event was a young eccentric genius called Cedric Lynch (look him up on Wikipedia or something). He had invented an amazing motor, about the size of a dinner plate and about roughly inches thick, which would power a car.



 Unlike most electric motors of that time (and today), it did not have a wound armature, but was a single disc which rotated between two circular magnets, with only magnetism holding the whole thing together. That's a simple non-tech explanation - far too clever for me.  He would have entered the rally if he had a suitable vehicle (his test car was a Reliant Robin, honestly; he once took me for a ride in it).



After many attempts by unscrupulous manufacturers to pinch his idea, it was finally put into production by an Indian company and I was delighted to see Cedric finally get the recognition he deserved, when one of his motors powered the winning bike in the Zero TT Race on the Isle of Man.



> HAL RIDGE (Rallycross reporter)



The FIA has confirmed that the World Rallycross Championship's top category is set to switch to electric cars from 2020, and has revealed further technical information.


Motorsport.com revealed that the series is set to switch to electric cars after the 2019 season, and the FIA has now released an invitation to tender for the new four-wheel drive cars' battery systems.


The tender for a common battery system supply covers the seasons 2020 to 2023.


"The FIA's objective is to switch the FIA World Rallycross Championship to electric cars as from 2020," the tender states.



"The aim of electric rallycross is to allow the development of electric technologies and race for the efficiency of the traction chain of the car, to showcase that electric cars are as fun and powerful as thermal [combustion] ones.



"In order to maintain cost control with a high level of technology, the FIA is defining a battery pack that all car manufacturers will have to use in their cars, which are then delivered to competitors."




> ANONYMOUS (my apologies: I lost the author's name!)



We are a longstanding organiser of classic vehicle events at stately/country home locations and in 2017, for the first time, we added an Electric Vehicle Zone to our headline event, taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend in August at Blenheim Palace.


We are working in conjunction with the Electric Automobile Association ("ElectrAA") and Ovo Energy, both massive supporters of the EV scene.


EV exhibitors and OEMs in 2017 told us that they were delighted with the high visitor numbers, the high levels of customer engagement and that a material number of vehicles were sold on the back of leads originated at the event.


The EVZ 2018 is due to be larger and to feature even more EV manufacturers & OEMs, independent manufacturers, EV promoters & companies and EV car clubs and displays.


I am hoping to enquire as to the possibility of WSC exhibiting and / or participating in some way with the event.
     



- Colin Wilson -
     

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11.03.2018 / MaP

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