Archive for January, 2009

Shelby announces the Aero EV

technology | Posted by admin January 28th, 2009

Shelby, the maker or Ford super cars has announced the Aero EV which it claims will do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. More importantly the battery pack will charge in 10 minutes and have a 150 mile range.

Shelby Aero EV

Shelby Aero EV

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Lambo Doors

Restoring and Building | Posted by admin January 25th, 2009

Putting lambo style doors on the car has nothing to do with any function of the electric car, but in the eyes of my sons “it’s just cool Dad and you have to do it”. After returning from the Palm Beach Super Car Show last week, where all the coolest cars had lambo doors, the decision was made. I found a pair of hinges on eBay for $250. Just like about every peice on this car they were going to have to be modified.

The lambo door hinges had to be shortened to fit in the tight space of the Valkyries doors. I also didn’t like how high they lifted the doors so I modified them further to lift the door up to 85 degrees. This also meant changing the gas struts that would hold the door up. I consulted my father in law, an engineer, on the math for figuring out how strong a strut was needed. Based on a 40lbs door, I was going to need at least 70lbs. of lift to hold the door up.



parts held in place ready for welding

The modified hinge with the gas strut.  I ended up having to replace this gas lift strut with a lighter weight one as well as longer so the hinge would lift to 90 degrees.


This is a shot of the original hinges in the door.

The holes here have been  filled in and the wall reinforced.  The outer area against the fender was enlarged.

Holes had to be cut into the wheel well to make room for the hinges.  This will have to have a box fiver glassed over it later.


Here the holes for the old hinges has been filled in with body filler and sanded and primed.

The door swings out just a bit and then swings upward.

Here you can see how the door swings out just enough to clear the body.

The dash board

Electronics | Posted by admin January 21st, 2009

The Zilla Controller

technology | Posted by admin January 15th, 2009

Big news came today. Evsource.com emailed me today that my controler is about to ship. The Zilla 1k is a hard to get peice of hardware that is the brains of the car. Though there are other controllers out there, none have the capability of the Zilla controller especially for a DC motor powered sports car.

It’s time to get busy. There is a lot to do to get ready for the controllers arrival. With the brains of the car showing up a moving car isn’t far off in the future. Tonight I study the schematics and start working out the electrical design.

Tail section locks

Restoring and Building | Posted by admin January 12th, 2009

The tail section hinges at the rear allowing the section to tilt up for access. This section must be latched very securely. The Ford GT team lost one of it’s members years ago in a race when the tail section popped up during a race, so securing it is important.

The latches are trunk latches from two Cadilac Eldorados. The advantage of these is that once latched, a motor pulls the two parts in very tight. They are also triggered electrically so I can easily run wires up to the front dash.

The motor mount

Restoring and Building | Posted by admin January 12th, 2009

Fabrication of the motor mount for the Warp 9 electric motor.

This mount replaces the clutch bell housing and keeps the motor in line with the drive shaft. The motor will sit in this frame and be strapped in. There is a face plate which the motor also bolts into which will be welded in place once the motor is connected to the shaft and the alignment is perfect.

Florida EAA January meeting

Research | Posted by admin January 10th, 2009

Some photos from January’s EAA meeting.