Nelson Kruschandl is the engineer behind the original BE1 and BE2 electric world challengers. He believed that the 2008-2011 design seen on this page was the most powerful electric vehicle in the world. Codenamed project Blue Max (BE3=blueplanet ecostar) the design of this LSR contender was conceived in 1998 as a 500hp successor to the 400hp BE2. Time has moved on calling for a redesign. It looks as though 1,0000 to 2,000 horsepower is now available using the latest motors that produce between 165 -190 hp each.
Project Blue Max - BE3
For 2015-16 the chassis has been up-rated to accommodate more power and a new transmission. The bodywork has been lowered and extended. A package the designer hopes will propel this battery exchange concept vehicle into the international record books and eventually break the 400 mph barrier. Would it not be be great if we can get an electric vehicle to go faster than its piston petrol, or jet-engine powered rivals. The record would then have gone full cycle, where the first land speed record was indeed electric.
The only distinction we need to make here is that the record we are tackling is wheel-driven.
There were three teams to beat:-
That has now changed with Formula E knocking on our door, racing teams are going to want to have a bash at the LSR.
Nelson Kruschandl - designer: BE1, 2 and 3
Featuring all wheel drive and curvaceous styling, computer analysis reveals that in its current form the BE3 is capable of significantly exceeding 350 mph. The car is now under construction in Sussex, England, aiming for a showing in 2014. However, Nelson points out that he is still searching for a Prime Sponsor, without whom, the attempts planned for 2015 could not take place,
As and when John Campbell breaks the 350 mph barrier and more, he hopes his feat will underpin the hopes of many Governments for efficient road going performance EV's.
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BE3 - side and plan elevations 2011 design
Nelson has been building vehicles in his back yard since 1982. He uses Autocad to design them in his study, which is handy, when he's out in the garage cutting metal and finds he needs a dimension, or wants to incorporate a design modification - then it's straight on the computer to update a detail.
The Blueplanet Ecostar is long and low. It features battery cartridge refueling.
The driver sits at the rear dragster fashion, the battery cartridge is in the front
all the way to the nose cone. Check out the battery cartridge exchange sequence below.
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