Battery Powered Dune Buggy of Sorts

Bowler RaptorThe Bowler Raptor concept is the work of Ryan Skelley, a 2009 graduate of Coventry University’s Automotive Design course. Previous work from Skelley featured on diseno-art.com includes theSunbeam Tiger sports car concept.

The Bowler Raptor was designed to compete in the grueling Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off road race held on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Essentially it is an extreme dune buggy developed to cope with the demanding and harsh terrain of the desert race.

The angular bodywork of the Bowler Raptor takes inspiration from both modern architecture and superbikes. The result is an aggressively styled machine which also features a highly functional body panel system. The body panels, which are held on by easily accessible hex-head bolts, are all independent of each other and can be replaced quickly when damaged.

Bowler RaptorThe Raptor utilizes a number of clever and unique features including an exposed carbon fibre chassis which was designed to bring the occupants closer to the action and heighten the sense of speed. The lack of A-pillars and a dramatic cantilever roof provide an almost completely unhindered view from the driver’s seat. The alloy wheels of the Bowler Raptor were designed to match the aesthetics of the bodywork. While the tires were designed to create a contrast by using a combination of both dune buggy paddle tires and digital technology as inspiration. The tire and wheel rim are designed to interlock conveying a sense of strength and solidarity. The design also incorporates eco-conscious materials to create a truly exceptional off-road buggy.

The electric drivetrain of the Bowler Raptor consists of two Lithium-Titanate battery packs which are rechargeable through both a standard wall socket or a dedicated high voltage outlet. The batteries can also be quickly and easily replaced using the Raptor’s unique “hot-swap” battery system, allowing for the old pack to be replaced with a fresh, fully charged battery in just 1 minute. The batteries send their power to a next-generation Siemens electric motor coupled to a single speed transaxle.
Bowler Raptor
The interior of the Bowler Raptor concept features a pair of deeply recessed bucket seats which have significant levels of lateral protection in both the body and head areas, essential for a dedicated off-road racer. Mounted in the centre of the dash is a large navigation screen, and located just above this is a mounting point for an iPhone which provides a constant internet connection as well as acting as a secondary screen. The phone allows the occupants to receive course and weather updates, race statistics, GPS data, and a provides a communications link to the rest of the team.

Source: http://www.ecofriend.com/eco-cars-all-electric-bowler-raptor-is-a-green-way-to-find-new-roads.html

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Summer Road Trip Ideas!

I am certainly one always up for some adventure! Driving in a car for HOURS at a time isn’t so appealing, but a Road Trip.. well that’s completely different! Especially if like me, you just got a hybrid from Evolution Auto! Time to hit the road on a fun Summer whim and here are some great ideas I came across.. thank you Pinterest!


There’s nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up, and a cooler full of beer in the backseat (you know, for later). Sure, the game has changed a little—smartphones have all but rendered guidebooks and crumpled maps obsolete—but one essential question remains: where to go? Look no further. We hand-picked the ten best, most adventure-packed road trips in the country.

Eureka, California, to Coos Bay, Oregon

Soak in the Pacific on this 250-mile trip from Eureka to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area—it’s every bit as stunning as California’s iconic Highway 1, but without the crowds.

Southern Colorado Loop

Bomb down epic singletrack, play in Class IV whitewater, and take in Colorado’s famous 14,000-foot vistas on this 500-mile multisport tour of a lifetime.

Grand Canyon, Arizona, to Moab, Utah

Hit six classic national parks in a ten-day, 862-mile epic through the best canyons in the Southwest.

Jackson, Wyoming, to Glacier National Park, Montana

See the country’s most iconic wildlife and mountains at five stunning national parks along this 600-mile route.

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Forge your way through 495,000-acre Chugach State Park and the 1.9-million-acre Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on a 500-mile pilgrimage through the Last Frontier.

Olympic Peninsula loop, Washington

Get soaked on this 550-mile journey past 73 miles of Pacific coastline, dozens of whitewater rivers, and a temperate rainforest in a million-acre national park.

The Big Island loop, Hawaii

Play in the waves and summit a snow-covered volcano in the same day on this 300-mile tour of paradise.

Las Cruces, New Mexico, through West Texas

Explore the biggest, starkest landscapes in the country on this 950-mile, ten-day adventure.

Duluth, Minnesota, to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Get your fill of Lake Superior views on this 550-mile, five-day tour through prime hiking and biking country.

New Orleans, Louisiana, to Apalachicola, Florida

Gorge yourself on this 425-mile seafood tasting menu, with plenty of opportunities to surf, kayak, or hang out on the beach along the way.

Source:
Outside
http://www.outsideonline.com/1856571/10-all-american-summer-road-trips#slide-1