Driving into the future

Green MotorSport is developing and evaluating the very best technologies so that we can travel around without harming the world we live in. Many of us want to drive our cars using fuels from renewable energy sources, from micro wind energy collectors, solar energy, or bio-fuels from environmentally sound sources.

 The electric car choice : The carbon countdown

The choice of electric cars available today is very limited. Green MotorSport is working on several cost effective options to provide the technology for vehicles that can travel for longer distances and recharge within shorter periods. While engineers are perfecting these advanced technologies, many people will find battery electric vehicles are already suitable for most of their travelling.

During the past few decades while oil has been so cheap and freely available, planners and builders have given little thought to the distances that people have to travel, however this is beginning to change, as planners are trying to make work and shops more accessible for everyone. For example, the proposed environmental city in Moscow called Crystal Island as well as the recently announced Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, both include green environmental transport options.

Rapid charge & sustainable infrastructure

Green MotorSport believes that batteries can already meet the needs of local transport and we are developing rapid recharging systems with experienced partners to enable fast refuelling and greater range for electric cars. As well as developing fast charging facilities, we are using the most cost effective and efficient means of generating electricity from renewable sources. The electricity generated from solar panels could be sufficient to give an annual range of about 3,000 kms of local driving for up to 30 years! A micro wind energy collector would give sufficient electricity for a similar annual range.

There is no need for the motor industry to wait for hydrogen fuel cell powered cars, as the latest lithium batteries we are evaluating will give a range up to 200 miles, and can then be recharged in less than 10 minutes, ready for the return journey. There are at present minor technical issues with rapid charging, but we are focused on delivering and resolving these using our Green MotorSport test cars. We are, however, using a new type of hydrogen fuel cell with our advanced batteries. The fuel cell will enable continuous power for the auxiliary power systems on our test vehicle. This will enable us to make a fair judgement on the practicality and reliability of these types of systems. We believe that stationary fuel cells also have a role to play in fast charging electric vehicle systems, particularly as costs come down. Battery powered vehicles can be used widely today because they can be plugged into the existing electricity grid. In order to open up the market for fuel cell cars, a local hydrogen supply infrastructure will be essential.

Green MotorSport is interested in any vehicles powered by renewable energy. For instance, the development of a car powered by compressed air could facilitate refuelling from the grid or locally supplied energy. If this is cost effective and reliable it will be an excellent way of using renewable energy to power our cars.

Bio-fuels for cars

There has been much concern about the impact of using bio-fuels for transport as well as motor sport, because tropical forests are being cut down to grow energy crops and the price of food rockets when corn is used to produce fuel for cars. Green MotorSport recommends that although we would use mainly solar and wind power, a proportion of future transport could safely be powered from bio-fuels. The National Society for Clean Air estimates that about 16% of the UK’s transport could be powered from the waste which we now send to landfill sites. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has recommended that major investment in new waste to energy plants would provide fuel for transport as well as reducing the global warming gases emitted from landfill sites. Other studies have shown that bio-fuels could be obtained from native perennial grasses grown on waste land unsuitable for agriculture, without damaging natural ecosystems. This would enable many people whose transport needs cannot yet be met by battery electric vehicles to power their cars from a green energy source.

Green MotorSport is currently in the process of confirming a green bio ethanol supply for its races. We are also seeking partners who require green bio-ethanol E85 for their championships. If your motorsport organisation wants to go green then why not purchase green fuel from the experts?

The Aston Martin DBRS9 GT3 racing car, 6 Litre V12, 550BHP, which runs on E85 bio-ethanol fuel, was awarded 2nd place in the 2007 British GT Championship. This was the first ever British national championship race victory for a bio-ethanol fuelled car!

Autosport

Green MotorSport exhibited at Autosport International in Birmingham, the world’s largest motorsport exhibition.

Ross Curnow (centre) Green MotorSport test driver visited the EEMS stand with the Aston Martin DBRS9 GT3 race car. Director Gordon Foat (left) of Green MotorSport with the proposed Bio-ethanol formula Ford car at Auto Sport International 2008. Gordon Foat (right) visited the Westfield stand to inspect a new student electric vehicle project “Design a Westfield Electric Race Car Competition.”

Green MotorSport Kingston University Education

Students have looked at modelling a number of drive cycles to mimic varying driving conditions (high speed motorway and town driving for example). They are currently running through a sensitivity analysis of the fundamental performance parameters that will highlight the percentage contribution of each to extending the range of an electric vehicle. The results of this will allow for a detailed vehicle specification that is optimised to its required needs. In parallel with this, they are also exploring a number of novel energy recovery systems for Green MotorSport, to further extend the range of a vehicle. Green MotorSport is pleased to be working with Kingston University in these areas of research.

Composite materials & Bio Resins

Green MotorSport is currently investigating a range of new bio composites and green resins for our range of future chassis projects. Resin and composite materials will be chosen in accordance with their mechanical properties as well as good adhesive, toughness, resistance and thermal properties. We are researching the full mechanical engineering properties of green fibrous materials, with a view to using alternative more sustainable and lightweight materials for vehicle components. We believe that not only the power train should be green and efficient, but the entire vehicle should use the least amount of energy during its production and utilization. Green MotorSport is gaining understanding of the potential strengths of using these composites with bio resins.

Efficient electric Power steering

 

Electric power steering in motorsport saves weight, consumes less power and is more reliable and easier to package than a hydraulic system. The control options available give drivers the ability to select their preferred level of feel, whilst driving, and even run with no assistance without detriment to steering feel. There is no power consumption until steering inputs are made. Green MotorSport now offers an efficient lightweight alternative to conventional power steering. For more information contact us.

Water cooled motor

The new motor unit, called the GMS M1 boasts incredible performance characteristics and amazing value! The AC water cooled 48 volt high performance, high frequency motor is capable of pulling 650 amps peak. The new AC electric motor is ideal for a range of heavy duty applications. Electric cars, boats and electric motorcycles. Its weight is 16.6 KG being comparable to our former 40KW motor. Complete GMS EV powertrain kits will soon be available.

 

Rebuilding British manufacturing capacity & who killed the electric car

The UK was at one time the world leader with battery and hybrid electric vehicles, but all this changed with cheap fossil fuels and Government backing for the global energy industries. Small companies selling vehicles were taken over by the vast conglomerates. Developers of electric vehicles and renewable energy went out of business as they could not compete, and it is taking time to rebuild the expertise and production capacity which have been lost. Although governments are supporting the introduction of large scale renewable energy technologies, more backing is needed for engineering companies trying to develop the products that people require. Our colleagues in California, Plug In America, are working towards reinstating the electric car after many delays and setbacks to volume production. Plug In America advocates the use of plug-in cars, trucks and SUVs powered by cleaner, cheaper, domestic electricity to reduce the nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. Gordon Foat spoke to Chelsea Sexton about possible collaboration with Green MotorSport and its scheduled Californian activities.

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