Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Back to the future for French world record breakers with revival of 60's futuristic motorbike in the UK

A French futuristic revived motorbike which will attempt world records as part of Straightliners Events "Top Speed Week" at Pendine Sands. Straightliners will host its usual May speed event in 2016 but this year it will stretch to a week. There will be speed events at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire and Pendine Sands, South Wales both of which have seen many world speed record attempt.. At these events participants and spectators will see some of the most powerful motorbikes and cars in the UK in action. They may even be some weird and wonderful four wheel vehicles including mono wheels and two and four wheel jet vehicles as they all attempt to break British, European and world speed records.

Gilles Pujol and his world record breaking team 'Les Triplettees de Bonneville' from France futuristic looking Zundapp (photo link below) will have its first test run at this event in the UK. The team have worked on the bike for the last eight months designing and building the bike using the latest technology and traditional model building and aerodynamic testing. This motorbike body is based on a 1960s German built Zundapp conventional motorbike which establish many world records. Les Triplettees de Bonneville will also attempt to set a world record for this type of bike at the Straightliners Events meeting at the historic natural speed at Pendine Sands, Wales. In addition they will also bring other unusual electric and conventional motorbikes to the UK for testing and record breaking. They will also be running electric and conventional revivals of equally unusual bikes. Gilles Pujol, 'Les Triplettees de Bonneville' and their amazing bikes have previously broken world records at Bonneville Flats, Utah, USA.

Also at Pendine Guernsey business man Zeff Eisenberg will be riding 
a ZX14 Kawasaki "sand racer". He set a British speed record last year at Pendine for the fastest aspirated bike 1650cc class - 164,6mph over a mile.  Zeff, a 43 year old father of two, and the 'MADMAX Race TEAM' have produced a range of other unique vehicles and bikes, The team is funded based of Zeff's previous business success.

Straighteners will run two courses this year. A long course for the record contenders and a short course for the rider who just want to come for the experience, in fact it will be just like Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah,USA without the very high cost of getting there

While Straightliners make great efforts to have it's events open to all, this event is regulated by the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU). To compete for a national record participants must hold an ACU licence, pass official scrutineering and be a Straighteners Events member. For those not going for records they do not need an ACU licence but they just need to sign up for this event as it is open to all bikes, cars, mono-wheels and three wheelers. Sign up for Straighteners membership here

The dates are as follows:
  • Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire 14th May
  • Pendine Sands, Wales - 21st & 22nd May
Pendine Sands is a seven mile long beach set on the scenic shores of Carmarthen Bay on the south coast of Wales. The village of Pendine is situated near the western end of Pendine Sands.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Kevin Nicks & 'the fastest shed' in action at the Straightliners Event

Kevin Nicks & 'the fastest shed' will be in action at the Straightliners event at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England 14th May. Here he is in action setting a world record at a similar event last year (video Worldreach) 

The next Straightliners meeting is a top speed event on 14th May at Elvington Airfield. North Yorkshire. Book it here

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Friday, 6 May 2016

Solar tuk tuk travels 1,000s of km overland from India to joint worlds largest electric vehicle rally in Europe

An Indian mans self designed and built solar electric tuk tuk is travelling thousands of kilometres from India to joint the WAVE Trophy electric vehicle (EV) Rally, the worlds largest EV rally, in Europe.  Auto engineer Naveen Rabelli set off from Bangalore with his solar electric creation and he is expected to arrive in Turkey in mid-May. He plans to joint up with the hundreds of electric car enthusiasts from all over the world who will take part in WAVE Trophy EV Rally 2016. The rally will start in Germany and travel over 1,600 kilometres through three countries in central Europe.  
Naveen Rabelli & his solar tuk tuk on road from Shiraz to Isfahan, Iran (photo Naveen Rabelli) 

Naveen's "Tuk Tuk-Tejas", which he designed, built and tested over four years, runs on solar and electricity power and has 0 emissions. Travelling at a pace of around 100 km per day, Naveen plans to complete the 8,800 km to Europe in about 100 days. The object of the adventure is to create awareness of EVs and solar powered vehicles as a sustainable low cost alternative transport solution for tens of millions of people in Asia and beyond.

In 2016 WAVE Trophy starts on June 11th in Bremerhaven (Northern Germany) and travels down to France. The convoy will stop at the United Nations in Geneva and finish near Basel, Switzerland on 18 June 2016. On the way the participants will stop in 60 cities using   the WAVE gathering to raise awareness of green transport and promote sustainable living. It is also an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about electric vehicles, to network and socialise.

The rest of Naveen’s journey will cross Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Germany where he will meet the WAVE Trophy EV Rally. He hopes his project which will eventually reach London, enhances knowledge about the practical application of solar electric transport. In support of this, Naveen plans to publish a paper to share his experiences and learning online so that people can use the data he is collecting. The goals of this project, which are supported by the WAVE Trophy, is to not only create awareness of alternative mobility solutions for passenger vehicles in Asia and Europe it is also to:

Show the benefits of using a solar electric mobility solution and to demonstrate that they are affordable.
  1. Practically demonstrate a solar electric prototype that is reliable technology
  2. Promote the use of electric vehicles as way to reduce the impact of climate change
  3. To connect with people along the way who are working towards sustainable living solutions.
  4. To showcase an entirely Indian solution to the world.
Louis Palmer, founder of WAVE Trophy, holder of the UN Environmental Programme “Champion of the Earth Award“ for driving two times around the world in solar powered vehicles. He spoke about the partnership with the solar tuk tuk project and said “We are delighted Naveen and his solar tuk tuk are ambassadors for the WAVE Trophy.  We have supported his adventure for a number of years and between us we are showing the world the future of transport.”

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