Torque elec­tric at CRC Speed­show

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Su­per­cars are a sta­ple part of any au­to­mo­tive show, but at this year’s CRC Speed­show, one su­per­car – a light­weight, high-per­for­mance Tesla Road­ster – will not be like the oth­ers.

With its sleek, low-slung lines and in­no­va­tive bonded alu­minium/car­bon fi­bre body, the US-built Tesla Road­ster cer­tainly looks like a su­per­car. And its abil­ity to ac­cel­er­ate from stand­still to 100 km/h in just 3.7 sec­onds means it is as fast as one. The dif­fer­ence is that the Tesla runs on elec­tric­ity, not petrol.

“And if you didn’t know the Tesla was elec­tric, it would be hard to tell by look­ing at it, wouldn’t it?” asks Rob McEwen, of the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Pro­mo­tion of Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles, who’s be­hind the dis­play of elec­tric ve­hi­cles as part of CRC Speed­show, run­ning July 19 and 20 at Auck­land’s ASB Show­grounds.

The in­creas­ing im­por­tance – not to men­tion rapidly in­creas­ing pub­lic ac­cep­tance – of elec­tric ve­hi­cles can be seen in the fact that the sporty Tesla Road­ster will be one of at least four elec­tric ve­hi­cles on the As­so­ci­a­tion’s stand at the big­gest an­nual au­to­mo­tive and mo­tor­sport show in Aus­trala­sia.

The oth­ers are all mod­els which are now read­ily avail­able to New Zealand con­sumers, namely the range­ex­tended Holden Volt, the Mit­subishi Out­lander PHEV, and the Nis­san Leaf.

The dis­play of elec­tric ve­hi­cles is a first for CRC Speed­show, with show di­rec­tor Ross Prevette pre­dict­ing a bright fu­ture for the “zero emis­sion” sec­tor.

“Even just in the past year, ma­jor strides have been made both in the elec­tric ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy it­self and the up­take by man­u­fac­tur­ers, deal­ers and the buy­ing pub­lic. We’re no longer talk­ing just about hy­brids ei­ther; we’re talk­ing about gen­uine, 100 per­cent, whis­per-quiet, zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles equipped with high-ef­fi­ciency elec­tric mo­tors and the lat­est lithium-ion bat­ter­ies,” says Prevette.

Sur­veys show that buy­ers are def­i­nitely in­ter­ested in sav­ing – both money and the planet – but not at the ex­pense of style, fit­ness-for-pur­pose, or per­for­mance.

For proof of how far the elec­tric ve­hi­cle sec­tor has moved in such a short time Prevette points to the ad­vances made in the Zero TT (for zero emis­sion mo­tor­cy­cles) race at the Isle of Man where be­tween 2010 and 2103 the aver­age speed recorded by the win­ner over a sin­gle 60.37 km lap of the fa­mous “moun­tain” course has gone from 154.821 km/h to 175.47km/h.

Ra­dio-con­trolled mod­els

At the other end of the spec­trum, the Speed­show will host the in­au­gu­ral New Zealand In­door Off-road Cham­pi­onship (NZIOC) takes place at July’s CRC Speed­show.

As be­fits New Zealand’s big­gest and most di­verse au­to­mo­tive and mo­tor sport show, the two-day cham­pi­onship for ra­dio-con­trolled, 1/10th scale elec­tric racers hosted by the North Har­bour Ra­dio Con­trolled Car Club (NHRCCC) cre­ates an ex­cit­ing new event in this in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar hobby-turned-sport.

A pur­pose-built race track in­side the Lo­gan Camp­bell Cen­tre will al­low dozens of ra­dio-con­trol (RC) rac­ing en­thu­si­asts to take part in the event and hun­dreds more to en­joy the ac­tion from ded­i­cated view­ing points be­side and above the track.

“When we were ap­proached by Nigel Bish, vice pres­i­dent of the NHRCCC, and his or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, we could im­me­di­ately see the at­trac­tion of hav­ing this se­ri­ously fun form of mo­tor­sport as part of this year’s CRC Speed­show,” says Ross Prevette.

“With this ra­dio-con­trolled race cham­pi­onship, the brand-new Clas­sic Cover In­sur­ance Clas­sic Show in pavil­ion six, and new out­door dis­play and en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas, the en­tire foot­print of the show is around 30 per cent big­ger than our pre­vi­ous events.

“This year, we par­tic­u­larly wanted to ex­pand the ar­ray of dis­plays and ac­tiv­i­ties that ap­peal to fam­i­lies. One of the many cool things about ra­dio­con­trolled cars is that ev­ery­one in the fam­ily can race them. Nigel tells us they of­ten have grand­fa­thers, fa­thers, sons and daugh­ters all com­pet­ing in the same races at club level, so we’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing the dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions take each other on at CRC Speed­show.”

Nigel Bish com­ments: “It’s re­ally im­por­tant to us that CRC Speed­show vis­i­tors en­joy the op­por­tu­nity to have a go at ra­dio-con­trolled rac­ing so make sure you join us to set your best time on the vir­tual ra­dio-con­trolled race sim­u­la­tor. En­trants who set the fastest times will have the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete against a num­ber of well­known celebrity racers – more de­tails to come.”

Com­ple­ment­ing the race ac­tion is an ar­ray of ex­hibitors ded­i­cated to the ra­dio-con­trolled rac­ing sec­tor and many of New Zealand’s ra­dio­con­trolled rac­ing clubs will be rep­re­sented. Seated view­ing for more than a thou­sand fans is avail­able in the Lo­gan Camp­bell Cen­tre’s mez­za­nine floor.

Bish says those in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing the New Zealand In­door Off-road Cham­pi­onship should go to the event web­site – http://nhrccc.pc­cnz.com/ nzioc/. “But be quick, there are al­ready over 150 cars en­tered.”

With two new dis­play halls bring­ing the to­tal to five, there will be hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles on dis­play at the Speed­show, op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet rac­ing stars, and to en­joy top-class en­ter­tain­ment in the Ideal Wheels live ac­tion arena.

Fol­low CRC Speed­show on Twit­ter (https://twit­ter.com/Speed­show), Face­book (www.Face­book.com/ speed­shownz) and Pin­ter­est (http:// pin­ter­est.com/speed­show/).

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