2003 Electric Streamliner World Land Speed Record Contender ' E=motion'
This amazing vehicle was commissioned for an attempt on the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record by UK Land Speed Record holders Prime Time Land Speed Engineering and was built to exceed all FIA regulations at the time. Christened 'E=motion', the car was constructed by Hauser Race Cars, one of the UK's leading dragster constructors, and joined Prime Time's 350mph-plus 'Vampire' and 'Split Second' jet-powered cars.
The chassis is constructed from chrome-molybdenum tubing and the body panels are of aluminium and carbon fibre. Weighing 1,650lbs (750kgs), 'E=motion' is 32' long, only 24" high and 30" wide. The car is powered by two through-ventilated AC motors supplied by ABB while stopping power is provided by Willwood drag racing units on each wheel. AVO fully adjustable coil-overs damp the suspension, and all drive train components are 'off the shelf' proprietary items.
During testing, the car consistently achieved back-to-back speeds of 147mph over a one-mile distance at Bruntingthorpe, and in 2005 was taken to the Chott el Jerid salt flats in the Tunisian Sahara for its World Record Attempt. Regrettably, the region had been affected by its worst rain in 15 years and the record attempt was cancelled.
'E=motion' was subsequently taken to Nevada for a further attempt. During final testing the drive controller was set conservatively to deliver 48% power and over the measured mile 'E=motion' achieved an average speed of 189.9mph with a terminal velocity in excess of 200mph. A minor technical problem prevented an officially timed run and lack of funding shelved the programme. On return to the UK 'E=motion' was exhibited at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. The current vendor purchased the vehicle at Bonhams' Beaulieu sale in September 2009 (Lot 478).
It is worth noting that the official FIA World Electric Land Speed Record has only recently been raised to more than 200mph. This was achieved at Elvington in June of this year when Lord Drayson posted a speed of 204.185mph at the wheel of his specially adapted Lola B12 Le Mans prototype. The UK's first electric car to exceed 200mph, 'E=Motion' could be re-commissioned for another attempt on the World Electric Land Speed Record.