Sold to benefit The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu 2003 Electric Streamliner World Land Speed Record Contender E=motion
E=motion was commissioned for an attempt on the official FIA World Electric Land Speed Record by UK Land Speed Record holders Prime Time Land Speed Engineering. The car joined their 350mph+ jet cars Vampire and Split Second and was constructed by Hauser Race Cars, one of the UKs leading drag race vehicle constructors.
The chassis is of chrome-moly and the vehicle was built to exceed all FIA regulations at the time. Weighing just 1650lbs, E=motion is 32 feet long, just 24ins high and 30 ins. wide. Body panels are of aluminium/carbon fibre and the turning circle is quoted as large. Motive power is from two through-ventilated AC motors supplied by ABB and drive is ABB Type ACS 800 motors. Stopping power is provided by Willwood Drag Racing Units on each wheel and suspension provided by AVO fully adjustable coil covers. All drive train components are off the shelf proprietary items.
During testing in the UK, the car ran consistent back to back speeds of 147mph in just one mile at Bruntingthorpe. This compared with the UK electric record holding car which used six miles at Pendine to record 139mph.
The car was taken to the Chott el Jerid salt flats in the Tunisian Sahara for its World Record Attempt in 2005. Regrettably the flats had been affected by the worst rain in the area in fifteen years and that record attempt was cancelled.
The car was subsequently taken to Nevada for a further attempt. On final testing the drive controller was set to deliver just 48% power and under test over the measured mile E=motion achieved an average speed of 189.9mph with a terminal speed in excess of 200mph. A minor technical problem prevented an official run and lack of funding shelved the programme.
On return to the UK the vehicle was inhibited and exhibited at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. The team are donating 50% of the sale price to the National Motor Museum.
E=Motion can be re-commissioned for another Electric World Record Attempt. It is believed to be the fastest clean, green electric car ever built in the UK and also the first and only electric car in the UK to exceed 200mph.
It is offered without reserve.
Please note commercial transport rates will apply to this Lot due to its size.