ELECTRIC & HYBRID KIT CARS - CLUB RACER
Assuming that the Ecostar performs as expected, we may offer chassis/body kits for popular production running gear from late 2015. The car lends itself to club-circuit racing and may be fitted with 200Kw motors or more for such events. The patent fast recharge system using cartridge exchange is particularly useful for motor racing events.
The simplicity of the chassis design lends itself to jigged production of steel frames, along the lines of the Caterham 7 (Lotus 7), for DIY home assembly.
Where mainstream manufacturers are fighting shy of producing an electric car with instant recharging using a (universal) cartridge system, building a car yourself from a kit may be the only way you'll be able to buy an economical zero pollution vehicle in the near term.
The Ecostar will feature a composite body - the design of which is at the moment not cast in stone, save for the fact that it will be a very compact two-seater city car design.
The Ecostar is a two seat sports city car design that uses lithium batteries to store energy, in cartridges. The car may be equipped with a detachable IC generator, turning the vehicle into a hybrid with up to 100 mpg* performance. The same cartridges may store energy as hydrogen for built in fuel cells. All you'd need to find is a compatible donor car. (*estimated)
The design of the bodywork is underway using a combination of Autocad hard-points and live human dummies. The car is thus made to measure, built around a living driver. In a world of computer everything, this is a welcome return to custom car building, using traditional skills and craftsmanship, rather than robots.
The layout of the Ecostar DC50 (BE4) provides a near perfect weight distribution from a front wheel drive car. This is ideal for nipping around city streets, yet with racing car handling from the hydragas independent suspension system, should you need it - or decide you'd like to try your hand at clubman motor sport. At the moment you'd have the advantage over Formula E, where they can only fast charge. The Ecostar can refuel completely in around a minute.
In the cutaway drawing above you can see how all the components come together to produce a really snug driver experience. The prototype may be developed to be much lighter, using thinner gauge steel for chassis components, aluminium and more exotic composites to replace the wood, etc. The picture below shows solar panels on the bonnet, roof and boot-lid to give 19.2 sq ft or 1.78 m2 - which could provide up to 340 watts of energy by way of solar assistance. The Ecostar has a 20Kw/hr cartridge for a 200 mile range. Charging by solar power alone would take 59 hours of sunshine - or six days. Thus, if you travel less than 200 miles a week, your car could be charged free by nature, assuming reasonable weather. Now that is what we call sustainable motoring. One point eight square meters of solar panels will cost you around £130 DIY. That is 23.6 gallons of petrol, or 945 miles @ 40mpg, an average good yield. 945 miles divided by 200 miles per cartridge charge = just 4.7 weeks of free solar motoring. We think you will agree from this example that solar assistance makes a lot of sense.
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This is the buck (wooden former) being built on the chassis shown above in the Autocad drawings.
The rear of the buck begins to take shape as each piece of wood is hand formed and fitted. This is one of only a very few cars that can swap a battery cartridge in around a minute.
This is an early Autocad drawings of the Ecostar featuring a square form roof and un-styled front end.
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