AE Racing   ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RACING 2014
Santa Pod Raceway
Saturday 29th March 2014
Supported by the
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Alternative Energy Racing 2012 Report

The fifth annual Alternative Energy Racing event took place at Santa Pod Raceway on 12th May, under glorious blue skies and with a fantastic variety of alternative fuel and electric vehicles present. From standard production vehicles to home-grown prototypes, the event was once again about diversity and innovative thinking.

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The AE Racing event is all about vehicles that do not use fossil fuels, and getting them out on the dragstrip and proving what they can do right here, right now. There is a competition element – to find the fastest alternative fuel and zero emissions vehicles – but more importantly, the event was a great chance for enthusiasts to get together and discuss concepts, ideas and experiences beyond petroleum.

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Every vehicle taking part in the event was in some way interesting. Notable vehicles included home-made electric motorcycles, Oxford Brooks electric single-seat project, a variety of unique electric cycles, bioethanol and biodiesel conversions of both bikes and cars and a whole bevy of Sinclair C5s, including one capable of well over 50mph!

Some good things came in twos… a pair of Tesla Roadsters, a pair of Nissan Leafs and a pair of brand new Vauxhall Amperas!

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There were three trophies up for grabs:

Zero Emissions Vehicle trophy was awarded to Sam and Olly Young who once again asserted the dominance of their electric VW Beetle. With new motors installed, there was a gentle build-up to their eventual best time of 9.818 seconds at 134mph, but the way this car leapt off the line it was clear that there is plenty more to come in the future.

The Alternative Fuel trophy went to Dave Smith, a Super Street Bike racer with a Suzuki Hayabua turbo motorcycle that had been converted to run on bioethanol. The entire race class will be asked to run biofuel next season, but Dave was keen to get some early testing in and was pleased with the results he was getting from the sustainable fuel. Dave’s top time of 8.3636 seconds at 168mph was very difficult for anyone else to get close to!

A third trophy was added for the 2012 event, that of Assisted Cycle. Always a popular vehicle type, this trophy was awarded to the most successful vehicle over a shorter sprint track that also included a slalom section. Peter Wills was the fastest on this course, with his powerful home-built electric mountain bike.

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Thanks once again to everyone who took part and continued to support the show. We hope to see AE Racing back next year bigger and better than ever!

See below for a full list for entrants and their top times.

Zero Emissions

Race # Driver R.T. ET TS Vehicle Type Energy Type
AE003  SAM YOUNG  0.3782 9.818 134.05 VW Beetle Electric
AE004  KEVIN SHARPE 0.75 12.952 101.18 Tesla Roadster Electric
AE042  ARCHER MCLEAN  0.8544 13.4399 98.84 Tesla Roadster Electric
AE043  SIMON PRIOR 1.0124 17.1437 80.37 Vauxhall Ampera Electric
AE040  DAVID PEILOW 1.0144 17.1619 79.94 Vauxhall Ampera Electric
AE007  MARTIN JOINSON 0.9791 17.5507 76.43 Nissan Leaf Electric
AE009  EDMUND BULLINGHAM  1.1235 17.768 76.83 Nissan Leaf Electric
AE002  EDWARD HOGG  0.8165 18.3661 50.77 Oxford Brooks Single Seat Electric
AE35 RICHARD PALLISTER 0.187 21.2925 56.11 Gillard GoKart Electric
AE039  CEDRIC LYNCH 0.8427 21.5813 64.8 Enclosed Agni Cycle Electric
AE005  JOHN LILLY 1.0111 22.0325 59.91 Dragon Sprint Electric
AE013  BVS SOUTH EAST 0.8173 22.0939 54.03 Kawazaki ZZR Electric
AE012  BVS SOUTH EAST 0.9238 22.3706 56.53 Cagiva Freccia Electric
AE024  DAVID KILNER 0.4983 22.7661 56.88 Sinclair C5 Electric
AE010  ED GORDON  0.9187 24.325 60.94 Honda CB Electric

Alternative Fuel

Race # Driver R.T. ET TS Vehicle Type Energy Type
AE038  DAVE SMITH 0.1382 8.3636 168 Suzuki Hayabusa E85 Bioethanol
AE016 ANDY GILBERT 0.4473 9.3578 140.27 Suzuki GSXR E85 Bioethanol
AE020  COLIN DAY  1.0726 13.1195 102.33 Racing Sidecar Outfit E85 Bioethanol
AE019  ROBIN WEST 1.4065 13.8183 107.71 Skoda Fabia Biodiesel
AE41 DAVID CABBLE 0.882 17.0936 79.1 Skoda Fabia Biodiesel
AE015  STEPHEN WALKER 0.5334 17.8902 72.62 VW Golf TDI Biodiesel

ET = Elapsed Time, TS = Terminal Speed (mph)

Assisted Cycle

Name Vehicle Time
Peter Wills AEO34 01:00.1
Will BMX 01:00.5
Tom Gilbert Scooter 01:02
Richard 35B 01:06
John Stockwell C5 01:06.8
Martin Lindsey C5 01:08.1
Matthew Lindsay C5 01:08.7
Andy Toop C5 01:09.3
Darren Edmett C5 01:10.8
Jack Palaster Electric Ped 01:16
Carl Whittle C5 01:19
Josh Gilbert Scooter 01:24
Kian Electric Ped 01:36

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