SUSTAINABLE MOTO EXPO - APRIL 5-6 2014
BEAULIEU SEPT 2013
of the largest and most varied sustainable and eco-friendly motoring
events in now scheduled to take place at Beaulieu on 5th and 6th April
The MotoExpo seems to have created quite a buzz among the motoring press, with virtually every online publisher running similar stories, which we cite here for review and comparison. The new Bluebird DC50 looks like a sweet machine. We are keen to find out more about the mechanical specification, the designer and manufacturer, and will report on that also, and other sustainable steeds once the event gets going.
The Ecostar DC50 special is a concept car dedicated to Donald Campbell by BMS Ltd. This outstanding city-sports car design has inbuilt power loaders to recharge its batteries in under 60 seconds using the patent Bluebird™ cartridge exchange system. Using the same system an Ecostar can switch to fuel cell energy storage at the flick of a switch - and back again should the be beneficial. In other words this is probably the most versatile EV in the world today. The prototype vehicle is also solar assisted, which gives up to 200 free motoring miles a week, weather dependent. This is truly a sustainable car of the future which BMS hope to offer as a kit after the car has competed in the Cannonball ZEV Run (UK). BMS is negotiating with a Chinese manufacturer of EVs, the aim being to have a production version of a car based on the DC50, available in Europe in the next 5-7 years.
GT SPIRIT.COM SEPTEMBER 20 2013
Just a couple months after our excitement reached epic proportions following the announcement of the Bluebird DC50 sports car, it’s been confirmed its debut will be postponed.
20 SEPTEMBER 2013 DIGITAL TRENDS - FEELING BLUE:
The Bluebird DC50 electric sports car delayed until 2014. The DC50 electric sports car could be a mean machine - if it is ever actually built.
With a little luck, a famous land speed record car could be reborn as a road-legal electric sports car.
Unfortunately, though, the Bluebird DC50 seems to be out of luck. It was supposed to debut at the upcoming Sustainable Motor Expo, but the car’s launch has been pushed back to April 2014, GTSpirit reports. We’re hoping this doesn’t spell the demise of the little EV sports car because, on paper, it has an impressive pedigree.
The DC50 pays tribute to Bluebird’s past land and water speed record vehicles. Its name signifies the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell’s 1964 429 mph land speed record in the Bluebird CN7 and water speed record of 276.33 mph in the Bluebird K7. The DC50′s creator, Don Wales, is Campbell’s nephew.
The DC50 won’t be breaking any land speed records, but it should be pretty brisk.
Bluebird will reportedly build versions with 240 horsepower, 280 hp, and 360 hp. It will get from 0-60 mph in “less than six seconds” and reach a top speed of 140 mph. Bluebird says it will weight under 2,200 pounds and have a 45/55 front/rear weight distribution.
However, the DC50 wouldn’t fare well in a drag race against a Tesla Roadster Sport or the upcoming Detroit Electric SP:01 [Lotus Elise based], both of which will reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The Bluebird does have a 10 mph top speed advantage over the Tesla, but Detroit Electric says its car will do 155 mph.
Detroit Electric is having problems of its own, though, which means the DC50 has a realistic chance of being the only electric sports car in production if it can get out of the factory doors next year. If it ever does see the production floor, however, only 50 will be made.
By Stephen Edelstein — September 20, 2013
ATTRACTIONS: THE NEXT GREEN CAR
The world exclusive unveiling of two new electric Bluebird vehicles will take place at this year's Sustainable MotoExpo event, happening at the National Motor Museum, in Beaulieu.
Cars UK published these versions of the press released pictures
UK JULY 9 2013 - THE BLUEBIRD DC50
EV World's version of the DC50. Not a bad looking car, reminiscent of the Lotus Elise, or Exige, as used by Nick Ponting to set the newest UK EV LSR
EV WORLD 11 JULY 2013
Scion of land-speed record holders lends the family's Bluebird moniker to a pair of electric cars: the DC50 sports car and GTL Formula E racer.
All the Formula E cars are essentially the same vehicle manufactured by Mclaren for the FIA event.
THE GREEN CAR WEBSITE - BLUEBIRD DEBUT RACERS 13 JULY 2013
In case you needed an additional reason to head to the Sustainable MotoExpo this September, then legendary record-breakers, Bluebird have given us the perfect excuse.
One of the nicer picture versions of the Bluebird DC50
GREEN CAR REPORTS JULY 9 2013
Few names evoke speed more than Bluebird, a moniker associated with a long string of
vehicles faster than any other on the planet.
It seems right then that the family with whom those vehicles are most associated is to launch an electric sports car of the same name, at this year's Sustainable MotorExpo in the UK.
ROMA, 26 AGO - Lancio mondiale in esclusiva di due nuove auto elettriche Bluebird all'esposizione eco sostenibile Motoexpo di quest'anno, che si terrà presso il famoso National Motor Museum a Beaulieu, in Francia.
Nel fine settimana del 28-29 settembre Don Wales lancerà la sua supercar Bluebird DC50 al Motoexpo, costruita per commemorare il 50o anniversario del 2014, dei record di velocità sull'acqua e su terra di Donald Campbell. La Bluebird DC50 avrà una 'tiratura' limitata a soli 50 esemplari. Capace di erogare una potenza di 360 Cv e con un'accelerazione in grado di battere una Porsche, la Bluebird DC50 è una coupé a due porte con porte elettriche a 'forbice'. Ha un'autonomia fino a 320 km e sarà verniciata nella sola colorazione blu Bluebird. Nella stessa occasione sarà lanciata anche l'auto da competizione elettrica GTL, progettata secondo le più recenti norme tecniche per l'imminente Formula E FIA.
La GTL rappresenta la 'visione' Bluebird per le competizioni mondiali della Formula elettrica, il cui inizio è previsto per il 2014. ''La famiglia Campbell e la Bluebird'' ha detto Don Wales ''hanno una lunga collaborazione con il National Motor Museum Beaulieu. Il museo è sede di un grande show dei record storici di velocità su terra che celebra i successi di Sir Malcolm e Donald Campbell, per questo ci sembra giusto lanciare a Beaulieu sia la sportiva elettrica Bluebird DC50 che la macchina da corsa elettrica Bluebird GTL''.
L'evento, della durata di due giorni, sarà caratterizzato dalla presenza di un circuito di 600m con dimostrazioni di veicoli elettrici dal vivo. Ci saranno esposizioni dei più recenti cicli elettrici e ibridi, auto e moto e una mostra delle più importanti aziende nel settore dei veicoli sostenibili. Inoltre, ci sarà un ricco programma di seminari e dibattiti su tutti gli aspetti dello sport del motore elettrico e sullo sviluppo delle tecnologie per ridurre le emissioni di carbonio e sui veicoli elettrici come mezzi di trasporto in città.
Blue seems to be a popular color for electric sports cars
Look out Tesla: Detroit Electric unveils Lotus-based SP:01, ‘the world’s fastest electric car’
Detroit Electric started building electric cars in 1907, then took a 74-year break. Now, the company is back with what it calls “the world’s fastest pure-electric production car.”
The SP:01 should look familiar because it’s based on the Lotus Elise, just like a certain other electric sports car we can think of: the defunct Tesla Roadster. The choice isn’t too surprising: Detroit Electric patron Albert Lam used to be CEO of Lotus Engineering Group, and Executive Director of Lotus Cars’ British division.
Like the Elise, the SP:01 is mid-engined, with an electric motor producing 200 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque replacing the gasoline line-four. It’s powered by two 37-kWh lithium-polymer batteries.
Interestingly, Detroit Electric will offer transmissions with multiple gears. Tesla eventually gave up on that approach because its electric motors’ vast torque tended to break transmissions, and said torque means shifting gears isn’t necessary anyway.
However, Detroit Electric will offer a choice of four or five-speed manual transmissions, or a two-speed automatic.
The Tesla Roadster made more power in its final Sport iteration (299 hp, 295 lb-ft) but, at roughly 2,400 pounds, the SP:01 is lighter.
The two cars pull off nearly identical acceleration times: the SP:01 will do 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 3.7 seconds, identical to the Roadster Sport’s time. But with a 155 mph top speed, the SP:01 beats the Roadster Sport’s maximum by 25 mph.
That performance comes at a price, though: Detroit Electric says a full recharge takes 4.3 hours. Range is 180 miles on the European cycle.
On the tech side, Detroit Electric has its own infotainment system called Smartphone Application Management Infotainment (SAMI). It connects a driver’s phone to the car’s sound system and navigation, and can also adjust the interior lighting.
Drivers can also use their phones to check the batteries’ charge, locate their cars in crowded parking lots, and preset the climate controls.
All of that performance and tech comes with a price tag of $135,000. Only 999 SP:01 sports cars will be built and, despite the British chassis, they will be built in the Detroit area. That’s an ambitious plan for one of the oldest names in the business.
Detroit Electric started building electric cars in 1907, when people weren’t sure if smelly, labor-intensive (and very new) gasoline cars were really the way to go. It closed its doors in 1939, after making about 13,000 EVs.
LINKS & REFERENCE
http://www.gtspirit.com/2013/07/09/official bluebird dc50 electric sports car and bluebird gtl
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