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  • New electric car .

    This on the face of it looks a great concept , However when some of the funding comes from taxpayers towards a multi millionaires dream it seems to knock the shine off it , and if we all have one will the govt build the same power plants he has to charge it up,the end of BP maybe , at the mo i can not find any data other than that which posted , ie charge times , cost on the road ,insurance, tax etc etc . 150 miles between charges is good for posing round town but uneconomical on route 66 USA or London to Edinburgh . But hopefully can only get better ,,but for now the hybrid still wins ,, now excuse while i go save the rainforests




    Brit builds all-electric supercar

    A millionaire car fanatic has spent 1,000,000 building the UK's first electric supercar.

    Dale Vince OBE, owner of wind energy company Ecotricity, built the car, which has 330bhp, a 0-60mph time of 8.5 seconds and an untested top speed of 170mph.

    Called Nemesis, the car is powered by two electric motors connected to 96 lithium-ion battery cells. The transmission is completely bespoke.

    It can travel for up to 150 miles between charges, and in Vince's possession draws charge from energy generated by Ecotricity's 51 windmills.

    Nemesis was built by a team of engineers, some of whom had previously worked on the McLaren F1 supercar. It is based on a Lotus Exige, which was bought second-hand from eBay.

    However, the green machine is already causing controversy because almost half of its development cost was funded by the Government. Mr Vince secured a 400,000 grant from the Government Technology Strategy Board.

    A TaxPayers' Alliance spokesperson said: "It looks totally inappropriate for a millionaire to be cruising around in a sports car funded, at least in part, by the rest of us."

    Mr Vince rejected the critic's comments. He said: "It's perhaps worth pointing out that our car had about 400,000 worth of support from a programme of 25 million in total, and for that we've delivered the UK's first designed and built electric supercar."
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    Electric cars are so 2009. I say they bring back the Ford Nucleon.



    The Ford Nucleon was a nuclear-powered concept car developed by Ford Motor Company in 1958. The design did not include an internal-combustion engine, rather, the vehicle was to be powered by a small nuclear reactor in the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle featured a power capsule suspended between twin booms at the rear. The capsule, which would contain a radioactive core for motive power, was designed to be easily interchangeable, according to the performance needs and the distances to be travelled.

    The passenger compartment of the Nucleon featured a one-piece, pillar-less windscreen and compound rear window, and was topped by a cantilever roof. There were air intakes at the leading edge of the roof and at the base of its supports. An extreme cab-forward style provided more protection to the driver and passengers from the reactor in the rear. Some pictures show the car with tailfins sweeping up from the rear fenders.

    The drivetrain would be integral to the power module, and electronic torque converters would take the place of the drive-train used at the time. It was said that cars like the Nucleon would be able to travel 8000 km (5,000 miles) or more, depending on the size of the core, without recharging. At the end of the core's life, it would be taken to a charging station, which research designers envisioned as largely replacing gas stations. The car was never built and never went into production, but it remains an icon of the Atomic Age of the 1950s.

    The mock-up of the car can be viewed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
    "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach...just make sure you thrust upward through his ribcage."

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    • #3
      Cheers Shawn , thats the 1st i ever heard of it , so why then was it never produced , oops petrol companies huh :whome:

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      • #4
        Lol, could you imagine a nuclear powered car in 1958... First time it's rear-ended by a Buick, the capsule breaks open, nuclear waste is spilled... fallout...
        "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach...just make sure you thrust upward through his ribcage."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ShawnG View Post
          Lol, could you imagine a nuclear powered car in 1958... First time it's rear-ended by a Buick, the capsule breaks open, nuclear waste is spilled... fallout...
          YEA THE OBVIOUS IS ALWAYS IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES ,

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          • #6
            I'll take a 98% nitro-methane fuel injected Yenko Camaro anyday and electricity be damned.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Red Seven View Post
              I'll take a 98% nitro-methane fuel injected Yenko Camaro anyday and electricity be damned.
              lets add an 8-71 blower, two turbos for 48 psi, and nitrous, on a 572 CID graphite big block with plasma nitrided titanium pistons, a big roller valve train and two space shuttle boosters strapped to the top
              sigpic"If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees.
              If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children."

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              • #8
                And a parachute for brakes with ejector seat an optional extra ;)

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