Al­ter­na­tive en­ergy

Motor Equipment News - - CONTENTS - READER RE­PLY 0141232 By Cathy Parker

While hol­i­day­ing in Bu­dapest after at­tend­ing Au­tomechanika I chanced upon the MVM En­er­gia Fu­tam (fu­ture en­ergy race) be­ing run on roads near the Hun­gar­ian Par­lia­ment build­ings.

De­spite limited Hun­gar­ian, I wran­gled a me­dia pass so I could tour the pits and get some in­ter­est­ing pic­tures of the tech­nol­ogy.

There were mul­ti­ple classes, de­pend­ing on the power source and so­phis­ti­ca­tion, with ei­ther elec­tric power (from a num­ber of elec­tric drill mo­tors up to more so­phis­ti­cated wa­ter-cooled mo­tors) and also a com­pressed air class with in­dus­trial com­pressed air cylin­ders driv­ing pis­ton and crank as­sem­blies, again from fairly ba­sic to highly tech­ni­cal.

Most of the par­tic­i­pants were younger, with many I sus­pect stu­dents, but the rac­ing was se­ri­ous, with speeds up to 90 km/h on the street cir­cuit.

Map of cir­cuit

From won­der­ful to weird

Pit crew prac­tic­ing speedy air tank swap

Elec­tric mo­tor go-kart

So­phis­ti­cated air power

Se­ri­ous tun­ing and per­for­mance mon­i­tor­ing

Go Trabi, go!

Ready to race

The real deal

Wa­ter-cooled mo­tor

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