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Old 08-23-2010, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Student built electric car makes headlines

DeLaSalle School students build super-efficient electric car that gets 307 mpg — Autoblog Green

DeLaSalle School students build super-efficient electric car that gets 307 mpg

by Domenick Yoney (RSS feed) on Aug 19th 2010 at 4:01PM
DeLaSalle School electric car – Click above to watch video after the jump

A team of students taking part in the Automobile Design Studio at Kansas City's DeLaSalle School have put together an electric car they think could be the most efficient in the world. Testing on the 7.7 mile oval of Bridgestone's Texas Proving Ground have given them a number that the Automotive X-Prize participants would be jealous of – 307 miles per gallon equivalent.

The students started with a 2000 Lola Indy Car chassis and, with the help of instructor Steve Rees and other mentors, developed an electric drivetrain, covered the racer in a clear shell and outfitted it with a set of low rolling resistance Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 tires. While we can't say whether it is the most efficient electric ever built, the Guinness Book of Records folks have been asked to weigh in on the matter. Hit the jump for a pair of videos discussing the project and showing it being put together and tested. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.


Gallery: DeLaSalle School electric car

[Source: Bridgestone Americas Inc]

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Old 08-23-2010, 08:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have to say, that clear body is pretty dang cool lookin'... impractical, but definitely cool.
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It was funny to watch the clear lexan(?) wobble, but I mean that in a good way. It reminds me of a 1/24 scale slot car body :



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The similarities are striking!

The wobble looked so pronounced I at first thought it was cling wrap stretched with wire!
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Why doesn't my school do cool stuff like this?
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The similarities are striking!

The wobble looked so pronounced I at first thought it was cling wrap stretched with wire!
Not 2 pins per side like slot cars? Fast too!
Buckeye Bullet 2.5 claims battery electric vehicle world land speed record of 307.7mph

Heck of a long extension cord I bet.......

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