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Old 11-15-2012, 11:02 AM   #271
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:07 AM   #272
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I was looking for the electric buggy but found out that it had withdrawn due to financial reasons. Bummer!



"Jeffrey Smith, whose Strategic Recovery Institute (SRI) has developed a state-of-the-art, all-electric dune buggy racer for desert competitions, failed in his effort to raise $800,000 to compete in the 1,000-mile race that begins Nov. 15, but he did finish building the prototype of the ultimate off-road machine.

The 535-horsepower EV1 race car can hit 100 mph in the dirt, bouncing high on its big coil springs. Under the hood are twin 9-inch NetGain electric motors, spun by 138 ruggedized China Aviation lithium-ion battery cells totaling 83 kilowatt-hours. The results are as rip-roaring as if the EV1 had a gas-guzzling V-8 under the hood. Watch this video of the EV1 tearing around the desert:

According to Smith, founder of SRI and a veteran Baja 1000 racer (he won his class in a Baja Bug last year), the company hoped for a “race on Sunday, sell on Monday” effect. But how can a battery racer with 80- to 100-mile range and five-hour recharge times compete in a 1,000-mile race? Simple enough — with four $32,000 swappable and water-cooled battery packs, three chase trucks and a big support infrastructure. The team could have switched packs in a few minutes and the car would have been off again.

Unfortunately, the team could get their hands on only one battery pack of the type that could survive bouncing around in the desert, and outfitted only one truck with generators, cranes, 110-watt radios and other necessary equipment. They spent $450,000 of their own money, but it wasn’t enough. Now, Smith says, the team is looking at smaller races such as the Rage at the River in Laughlin, Nev., next month."
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:44 AM   #273
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Have they done all the really rough parts of the course yet?

Is ktm still in it? What mile are they expected to drop out with reliability issues?
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:20 PM   #274
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1x has 8.5 min lead!!!!

Time adjusted!!!
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:26 PM   #275
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With the top bikes now through San Felipe and the long pavement stretch, HONDA opens up an 8.5 minute lead over KAWASAKI and a 12.5 min lead over KTM.

At GONZAGA BAY:
1x HONDA Colton Udall 11:52
8x KAWI Robby Bell 11:59
5x Ivan Ramirez 12:04

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Old 11-15-2012, 03:52 PM   #276
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Jcr still has 14 min lead
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:49 PM   #277
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Is ktm still in it? What mile are they expected to drop out with reliability issues?
The rest of the world is getting ready to go into 2013, and you're still stuck in the 80's?
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:10 PM   #278
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Nothing wrong with the 80s old man.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:29 PM   #279
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The rest of the world is getting ready to go into 2013, and you're still stuck in the 80's?
KTM still has a questionable reliability
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:32 PM   #280
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KTM still has a questionable reliability
Until they get that fixed they'll never amount to anything in long races like Baja or Dakar.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:43 PM   #281
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Sorry ?? questionable reliabilty with KTM at Dakar - I believe they have won it the past 10 years !!!
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:44 PM   #282
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Until they get that fixed they'll never amount to anything in long races like Baja or Dakar.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:48 PM   #283
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Until they get that fixed they'll never amount to anything in long races like Baja or Dakar.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:58 PM   #284
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Until they get that fixed they'll never amount to anything in long races like Baja or Dakar.

Someone once said on here that Honda keep winning every year because they do so many miles in Baja, and they have the right people behind them.

In my uneducated opinion I think it wouldn't matter what brand of bike you put the Honda guys on, they would still be way up the pointy end at the end of the race.

Any brand with in reason obviously, I mean they aren't going to do any good if they are on a Suzuki are they.

As far as reliability reputations go, I think the CRF450 has got to be about the worst of the 450s, but they seem to be doing OK.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:17 PM   #285
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In my uneducated opinion I think it wouldn't matter what brand of bike you put the Honda guys on, they would still be way up the pointy end at the end of the race.
The time keeping equipment from this years 500 agrees with you. THR Motorsports, Ex Honda guys on Kawi.
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