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#1 DAVE CASTLE

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:18 PM

I have just read that GBS have got A government grant of £2,000,000 to develop an electric sports car, well done Richard and crew.


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#2 Smig380

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:53 PM

Very exciting. When I had a think about this last year I reckoned putting Tesla gubbins on  was going to double the weight , so I look forward to what they'll pull together at Boughton. Could be a route to tax free hobby motoring !



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:29 PM

Oddly enough our company was quite interested in this grant for obvious reasons

 

www.Ashwoodselectricmotors.com

 

Im very glad it went to a small company tho. Will make a massive difference and will also get the GBS name out there. Not to mention will end up with a wicked fun little car at the end of it.


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 06:07 PM

exciting. I love the idea of having an electric seven. Although it's already been done by various others

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXqYbNEiW0Y

 

Out of interest if you retro fitted a kitcar with an electric motor instead of an engine would you still have to pay tax? would it just be the under the '1.6' price as zero CC is less than 1.6?!



#5 CMA

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:36 PM

Out of interest if you retro fitted a kitcar with an electric motor instead of an engine would you still have to pay tax? would it just be the under the '1.6' price as zero CC is less than 1.6?!

 

Tax will be set when you register a car, so after registration if you put an electric motor in it or a 27litre merlin engine you will pay the same as when you registered it with a 2.0 Zetec. Now if you took an electric one through IVA now I think it would be free road tax though....



#6 WallerZ

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 09:25 PM

Are you suggesting IVA as an electric vehicle then drop in a dirty big V8 afterwards? 😂

#7 RichardL

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 05:43 AM

Hybrid is two of everything though - internal combustion+fuel, electric+fuel

 

The pure electric, at the 10,000' view, would appear to be a better fit -  motors in the diff/driveshaft/fueltank space - probably even room in there for a normal FWD gearbox in the back, then batteries/switching in the engine bay?

 

Just need a little buy in from Mr Tesla to make it fit...

 

 

...or...

Primary electric as above with an eux engine in the front to generate amps/battery charge when required

 

 

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I know... back seat drivers! - but can't help musing about options, would be a great project to get involved with


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 07:36 AM

Cool. 2 million, wow. That opens my eyes wide. I'm not entirely sure what I think about that.

 

All electric seems to be the obvious way to go. Make the most of the weight advantage (or lack thereof). I don't see how you'd have enough space for an engine *and* batteries (at least not ones of any useful capacity)... also just the type of owner/driver, I don't think they are really after a long-range tourer. I know that's not a description that fits most of US, we're quite big with our touring, but as a generalism the L7 scene is more that "out for a quick weekend blast" group, I think it's fair to say.



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 09:18 AM

I have just read that GBS have got A government grant of £2,000,000 to develop an electric sports car, well done Richard and crew.

 

Out of interest where did you read it? As I'd like to know more about it. Nothing on their website, twitter or facebook sites.



#10 Bob Tucker

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 09:22 AM

https://www.carthrot...rid-sports-car/


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Posted 14 April 2017 - 11:18 AM

Thanks. So a petrol-Electric Hybrid. Sounds great, be interesting to see how they lay it all out. 



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 12:16 PM

I expect they'll put the battery in the boot..... :rolleyes:


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#13 DAVE CASTLE

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 05:24 PM

I expect they'll put the battery in the boot..... :rolleyes:

Why does bill work there now?


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