The Electric California Commuter
Shown above is the original gasoline powered World Record setting California Commuter. We calculated this version of the Commuter cruised along at 55 MPH using 2.5 Horsepower. The flat headlight mounted up in the Visibility Pod is a major contributor to total vehicle aerodynamic drag and was one of the most important areas to think about revising for future improvements.
This is the new battery powered, pure electric version of the California Commuter.
As yet, the conversion is not finished . The goal will be to attain 1,000 miles on a single charge while traveling at 65 MPH freeway speeds! I am not any kind of electrical engineering wizard so have to trust that my friends at MasterStroke, Inc., who claim they are AC Power, Inverter and Battery experts, really know what they are doing. It is in their hands! Time will tell. I just want to drive it and have fun driving it around once the record stuff is past.
Note that the fin and its Visibility Pod are gone and that the Cowl behind the driver's head is much bigger to accommodate a future full bubble canopy for improved aerodynamics. Over the years since we built the Original California Commuter, headlights having great beam intensity have shrunk considerably in size. The new machine will use a retractable mini-headlight that pops out vertically in the Cowl space behind the drivers head. This change will minimize aerodynamic drag during daylight hours. Also, since an electric motor doesn't consume oxygen like an internal combustion engine we have also removed the P-51 Mustang type air scoop from underneath. All in all, we expect these improvements to reduce cruising power further down to 1.5 Horsepower - that is less than one hair dryer's worth of power!
To the Pure California Electric
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