26 April 2013

Another great service from DemonSkinz

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in December 2012

I've always entrusted the supply of our graphics, banners, and vinyl stickers to Nick at Demonskinz (www.demonskinz.co.uk/) as he does such a superb job.

Good design advice, high quality, fast turnaround, and great prices are a given, and he manages to excel every time.

I've just collected some fantastic BIG images to put on the new trailer - more on that in another post - and they look amazing. I can't wait to fit them.

Thanks Nick, another superb job. Give him a try for anything related to vinyls graphics, stickers, banners, or any exhibition material that you need

He produces the South East's best FREE biker mag too - www.southeastbiker.co.uk

Top man...


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25 April 2013

MCT Suspension - world-class products AND service

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in December 2012
 
We're quick to moan when things go wrong, but not usually so fast to praise people, but the service I've just received from the guys at MCT Suspension really deserves it.
 
The drag-bike that we are building - see http://ev1000.co.uk - requires reduced travel and altered spring and damping rates for the front forks.
 
On Tuesday 11th I sent the parts ParcelForce for delivery next day. I don't know why but I hate sending valuable and/or heavy parcels as I have visions of it coming apart in the post and my lovely front forks (in this case) never being seen again... Consequently I wrap things up pretty well, but I still worry about sending parcels.
 
Anyway, that's got nothing to do with the story, so let's continue. Suffice to say Parcelforce did their job just fine.
 
So, about 4:40 on Wednesday afternoon, Darren from MCT calls. First thing that goes through my mind is that the parcel has turned up, the packaging has fallen apart, and there are no forks inside (what is wrong with me?)
 
But no, he's ringing to say "jobs all done, will there be someone in tomorrow to receive the parcel as they're on their way back to you." Yes, that's right - received, modified, and despatched in the same day. Stunning.
 
I knew they'd do a first class job with the forks as they're the best in the UK, so that was expected. But the brilliant service that goes with it was just something else.
 
I shouldn't really be surprised as any business that prides itself on being world-class tends to apply that mindset to everything they do, whether it's the technical stuff, the office processes, or dealing with the customer.
 
World-class organisations are world-class for a reason, and MCT certainly fit the description.
 
If you require any work or advice on your suspension and motorbike set-up please give them a call on 01449 777161 or take a look at http://www.mctsuspension.com/home.htm

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22 April 2013

Top UK Suspension tuner steps in to help

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in November 2012

You might think that suspension doesn't really matter too much on a drag racer. I mean, they only go in a straight line, only cover a quarter-mile, and the tracks are as flat as a pancake, aren't they?

Well, no, not really.

OK, so there is no suspension at the rear, but the front wheel needs looking after...

Firstly, although most of the work is done by the rear wheel, and the front wheel looks like it's just skipping along doing not a lot, having control over it is pretty vital. The front suspension travel needs shortening, and damping and rebound are tuned. The front forks should 'top out' immediately on launch to ensure that weight is transferred to the rear tyre as quickly as possible. And whilst the track looks pretty flat, at 200mph a few ripples can cause MAJOR problems for a motorcycle.

So, I'm delighted to have one of the top suspension tuners in the country looking after the front-end. Having kindly been donated a GSX-R1000 front end by the guys at Suzuki GB, we'll be entrusting it to Darren and his team at MCT Suspension for a thorough overhaul and a rebuild to drag-bike specification.

You can find more about MCT and their work for road and track HERE

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Precision Mould Tool maker joins our Supporters

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in November 2012
 
We're delighted to welcome a new supplier to the growing list of top notch businesses supporting our World Record Challenge. Pentagon Plastics of Horsham, who are celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year (2012).
 
They have a great team with many years experience and a first class set-up for design, rapid prototyping, and toolmaking. They even run their own injection moulding department if you require the finished component as well as the mould tools.
 
It's fantastic to have them aboard to help with rapid turnaround of precision machining to the highest standards. You'll find more details at http://www.pentagonplastics.co.uk/

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11 April 2013

EV1000 chooses Suzuki for its 200mph project

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in September 2012
 
“Drag racing is all about going very fast, so choosing the highest quality steering and brakes is hugely important” says Phil Edwards, Project Director for the Weald EV1000 electric drag-race motorcycle, which is why he turned to Haslemere Motorcycles and Suzuki as he prepares for his world record attempt.
 
Haslemere Motorcycles based in Bordon, Hampshire is the leading Suzuki dealership in the South of England and with their long association with Weald EVT it was a natural step for Phil to select their finest high performance motorcycle parts for his 200mph project.
 
Mark Lucock, Sales Manager for Haslemere Motorcycles has been a long-time supporter of the Weald EV1000 and told us “We’re proud of our association with Weald EVT as we’re interested in future technology so when we recently celebrated our 30th Anniversary as a Suzuki dealer I saw an opportunity to put Phil in touch with Suzuki.” He continued “Phil needed high-performance and safety-critical components and of course I knew that Suzuki would have exactly what was required so I am happy we are working with him on this exciting project.”
 
Richard O’Brien, Suzuki GB Training Manager (Aftersales) commented “I am happy to support the world record bid and given Suzuki’s reputation in the world of drag racing, it is satisfying to know that it will be a Suzuki front end that will break the timing beam to achieve the record.”
 
Suzuki bikes and components have long been used for many record-breaking events and now with a front suspension and brake package from the class leading Suzuki GSX-R 1000 motorcycle donated to Weald EVT; it seems another success is not too far away.
 
For Haslemere Motorcycles please visit www.haslemeremotorcycles.co.uk/

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4 April 2013

Electric Motorsport combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Future Technology

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in August 2012

Although we’re harnessing cutting-edge electronics” says Phil Edwards of Weald EVT, designer and creator of the Weald EV1000 electric motorcycle, “there are times where pure craftsmanship is hard to beat, certainly when it comes to an area the UK excels in – high-quality motorsport fabrication.” Phil continued, “…for that reason we are delighted to have Vulcan Dezign building the chassis and bodywork for our World Record electric drag-race motorcycle”
 
Vulcan Dezign is owned by Jo White, a hugely experienced race-car fabricator who operates from the UK’s motorsport heartland around Oxfordshire. Jo draws upon a lifetime’s experience in the motorsport industry, starting out with Reynard Racing Cars where he rapidly rose to the position of chief mechanic.
 
Jo is no stranger to modern technology though; he is currently designing a single-seater hillclimb car with electric power, so the chance to get involved in the Weald EV1000 project made this collaboration a natural fit. He said “the challenge of being involved with the Weald EVT1000 will be a beneficial learning curve that will obviously compliment my 'Avant Garde' nature."
 
He started Vulcan Dezign in 2008 after working on numerous projects with famous Formula 1 names including Williams, Benetton, March, Jordan, and TWR. One of his major achievements was the design, manufacture, and racing of his own successful marque of hillclimb and sprint single-seater race cars - the Nemesis.
 
The Weald EV1000 is not just about world class racing – it is also a showcase for UK design, engineering and science talent to challenge the cream of the American drag-race constructors with a UK-centric bike, with the new technology destined for future projects that Weald EVT are planning.
 
For more information on the Weald EV1000 please visit www.weald-evt.co.uk and for more information on Vulcan Dezign products please visit www.vulcandezign.co.uk
 
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3 April 2013

Great to meet RospaSmart

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in July 2012

I had a great evening last Thursday talking about the electric drag-race project with members of RoSPA Smart at their meeting point in Southgate, Crawley.

Thanks to Owen Evans of www.furnacedesign.co.uk for initiating the idea, and Max for organising it.

You can find details of their Advanced motorcycle rider training at http://www.rospasmart.com/navigation/Home.html

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Short video from Eco Technology Show

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in June 2012

Hey, you may remember we attended the Eco Technology Show in Brighton last June. Here's a link to a short interview that I did - enjoy!

http://vimeo.com/45564813

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1 April 2013

The real Pulling Power of the EV1000 Electric Dragster

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in July 2012

The EV1000 electric motorcycle dragster made a special appearance on the Affinitus Energy stand at the Kent County Show, Detling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 13 – 15 July.

Phil Edwards, team director, attended the event on Sunday 15th to meet visitors who had expressed an interest in the EV1000 dragster and told us “There is a natural synergy with the EVT and Affinitus with energy at the very core.” He continued “to see so many people is a true testament to the pulling power of the bike and what it can do for companies such as Affinitus.”

Affinitus Energy are based in Rainham, Kent and had already planned to attend the Kent Show when Phil Edwards approached them regarding sponsorship. Derek Dilks Managing Director of Affinitus energy explained “As a company it is important to us to get the right message out there in a constructive way that will grab the attention.” Adding “The EV1000 certainly did that at the Kent Show and we are extremely pleased with the results.”

Affinitus Group aims to provide the most cost effective renewable energy solutions for both the home and office and is driven by the passion to reduce the planets reliance on fossil fuels for more information please visit www.affinitusenergy.co.uk

The original Weald EVT Electric Motorcycle eclipsed the ‘Alternative Energy Racing’ UK Record in May 2011 at Santa Pod, slashing the previous record from 14.99 seconds to 14.12 seconds and taking home the record for the UK’s quickest quarter-mile standing.

Their new project - The EV1000 - will deliver the most aggressive use of electric power challenging the cream of the American motorcycle builders to set the world’s quickest quarter mile run. It will be a UK-centric project to showcase how UK designers, engineers, and scientists are leading the world of electric vehicles and transport in general with Great British know-how.
 
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Electric motorcycle dragster chooses Reynolds Tube

Weight is all important when preparing to take on the world” says Phil Edwards of Weald EVT, designer and creator of the Weald EV1000 electric motorcycle “which is why” he continued “we are very pleased to be working with Reynolds and utilising the strength and low-weight of their world-class materials.”

Weald EVT are using Reynolds ‘631’ tubing. In tests of motorcycle frames, using the same size material, and achieving comparable strength, a frame made from Reynolds ‘631’ is an astonishing 19% lighter than those manufactured with more traditional Cr-Mo steels.

Keith Noronha, Managing Director of Reynolds Technology said “Reynolds Technology is delighted to be part of the Weald EV1000 world record attempt.” Describing the choice of material, Keith explained “Reynolds 631 tubing meets critical design requirements using a recyclable material, and we expect this innovative project will be technically demanding but result in spin-off knowledge that should benefit production low carbon applications.”

A company with a long history of manufacturing in the UK, John Reynolds set up a business to manufacture Cut Nails in Birmingham in 1841, and his son Alfred turned his attention to manufacturing steel tubes in 1895.

During the period between 1960 and 1980’s Reynolds ‘531’ was used extensively in motorbike racing. In 1997 the company launched its ‘631’ tubing, using it for racing bicycles and developing motorcycle race frames and race-car suspension.

The Weald EV1000 is not just about world class racing – it is also a showcase for UK design, engineering and science talent to challenge the cream of the American drag-race constructors with a UK centric bike. With Reynolds tubing on board they have every chance of success.

For more information on Reynolds products please visit www.rtl.cc
 
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Congratulations to Larry McBride

This was first posted in a Posterous blog in May 2012

Wow, the bar just got higher... Larry McBride piloted the first electric motorcycle into the 6-second arena on 4th May, when he posted a time of 6.94seconds at 201.37mph.Congratulations to the team.

I've now revised my performance figures to ensure our design keeps ahead of them, although we are unlikely to be running for some months yet. I've had to put quite a bit of cushion into our target figures as I reckon these guys will get quicker over the summer.

You'll find some pictures and video at the NEDRA site... http://www.nedra.com/200_mph_rocket.html

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