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iRACER: Build an electric race car at home

By 03.13.13

Kit cars are a lot of fun, although you have to be an at least halfway decent engineer to make them actually work. The iRACER is hoping to make building a green vehicle actually fun both to do and to watch.


Birmingham City University

The iRACER has a few limits: You’re going to have to buy the drivetrain and the batteries separately, putting the cost of building this as high as $80,000.

On the other hand, you do get to build a car designed exclusively for racing, with a top speed of roughly 115 miles per hour, unless you leave out the governor, then it’s 130 to 140 mph. The batteries will only last about twenty-five minutes at that speed, however.

Knowing that gasoline-powered cars can go faster, the team behind this wisely included a boost button you can press. Every eighteen seconds of boost will cost you a kilowatt hour from the batteries, but, first of all, it’s a racecar with a boost button. Secondly, this adds an aspect of strategy to EV racing.

And if nothing else, this is a whole lot less dorkier than most mass-market EVs.

iRACER [Birmingham City University]

About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.
TAGSelectric vehiclesEV Kit carGadgetsGadgets for meniRACERKit carsracingsports equipment

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