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ARTIST: RICHARD LAZZARA
ART GALLERY BOULDER COLORADO USA

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Date: 2007-08-30 11:43
Subject: It has MOTORS in its Wheels,Electric mini 0-60 in 4 seconds
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Electric Mini: 0-60 in 4 Seconds: It Has Motors In Its Wheels


by Justin Thomas, Virginia
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A British engineering firm has put together a high-performance hybrid version of BMW's Mini Cooper. The PML Mini QED has a top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The car uses a small gasoline engine with four 160 horsepower electric motors â” one on each wheel.
These components were replaced by four of our electric wheels, a lithium polymer battery, a large ultra capacitor, a very small ICE with generator (so small it almost fits alongside the spare wheel), an energy management system and a sexy in-car display module.â
* It is adaptable to other vehicle chassis
* It eliminates the need for gearing and mechanical drive train
* It allows more space inside the car
All braking is performed by the wheel motors acting as very efficient electrical generators which return almost all of the energy back to the battery system.
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Check out this, motor wheels, just what I am looking for in my Auto Design.
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