hobby time…

time : n. : an indefinite period.
I have started a new obsession, high efficiency non-petroleum vehicles that don’t suck.
that’s right. I am sick of waiting for a car company to make an electric or hydrogen or fuel cell vehicle that doesn’t suck the big one, or cost as much as a Tesla, or look like ( in the words of Davin from work ) a giant dildo with wheels.
so I have decided to build one myself.
I’ve never built a car. I’ve never taken a car apart. I don’t weld. I don’t change oil. I don’t program computers. I’m an artist. it is just fancy lego right?
step one was started tonight, I’ve been learning about engines and the mysterious numbers associated with them… terms and numbers like ‘torque’ and ‘horsepower’ and revolutions per minute’. who’d have thought that you could have a revolution in a minute, let alone 6500?
other than my basic knowledge gaps, there is really only one real problem with an electric car. batteries. everything else is pretty trivial after figuring out a way to get enough power-to-weight so you can do anything. A123 Systems seems to have some seriously cool battery technology that pushes LithiumIon batteries past what you see in your typical laptop.
so the big question I have to decide is performance racer, long distance highway cruiser, or low-calorie city jaunter. a combination of performance racer and long distance highway cruiser would be cool…
once we get moved back to Calgary I’ll have to figure out where and how to get this done, for now it is lots of information gathering, thinking, and drawing bitchin car shapes!

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