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ZAP Alias Electric Car in the X PRIZE / Consumer Reports Skidpad Test

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We have hours of footage from the X PRIZE, but this is one of my personal favorites I’ve been saving for a cold winter day. This is the Skidpad test on which Consumer Reports tests all new cars.

According to Wikipedia, a skidpad or skidpan is a large, circular area of flat pavement used for various tests of a car’s handling. The most common skidpad use is testing lateral acceleration, measured in g.

The test is carried out on a circular track with a calculated radius. A car driving on said track is slowly accelerated until the outermost tires on the car begin to slip. Going any faster would cause the car to drive outside the 300 ft radius. At this point, the speed of the car is recorded, and given the centripetal acceleration formula, v²/r, a car’s handling in terms of lateral gs can be derived.

To pass the test, the Alias had to surpass 40 MPH to achieve a lateral acceleration of .7 g without losing control. As you can see, this was a piece of cake for the Alias and X PRIZE posted a result of .85 g, not bad considering Al Unser Jr. was just getting started when they called him in. None of the X PRIZE cars in the Knockout Stage had a problem with this test and it was dropped for the finals.

Thankz to ZAP Alias Team Member Prashanth Radhakrishnan for capturing this raw video, which was posted originally on Facebook in June.

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Bring Me a Dream – A ZAP Alias Electric Car

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Big Thankz to a friend of ZAP for making this wonderful video. ZAP engineer Frederic Marangone has a friend in Los Angeles that offered to make a promo reel of the Red/Black ZAP Alias in association with Retainer Films. It was shot while the Alias was down shooting the webisode with Flo for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. Sweet dreams!

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October 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm

ZAP Alias Electric Car Fan Video from Toledo

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I do believe that this is the first video of the white ZAP Alias X PRIZE competition vehicle to air on YouTube back in May.  The ZAP Alias fan who made this must have seen it driving around Toledo, Ohio immediately before the Shakedown for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE.  Speedway Tire & Auto let us use their racing shop on turn 4 of the Toledo Speedway to do some last minute fine-tuning and this must have been in one of the nearby neighborhoods.

Put yourself in their shoes.  Imagine seeing a totally exotic electric car whizzing down a quiet Midwest road at night with its single, bright LED headlight, probably a lot like a UFO sighting.  This person must have done what any self-respecting person would have, pulled out their video camera.  The next best thing always seems to be, you guessed it, a camera phone.

Well, after months of anticipating the revelation of this car at Michigan International Speedway for Shakedown, to say that we were somewhat disappointed that someone leaked our new car was an understatement. But in retrospect, it’s all good.  We have a good idea who made this video, and Sean, all we have to say to you is: nice work!  Excellent song selection.  Keep on doing those cool card tricks and making creative videos.  Bezt!

The Great Hand Car Regatta and the ZAP Ale Car

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If anyone was wondering what is the Great Hand Car Regatta, well, here is a video collection of some of the more fabulous entries. Hand cars are the human powered train cars from a bye-gone era and you’ll see some of the traditional kind, but mostly some new-fangled kinetic sculptures based on hand cars. In the words of the Public Address announcer, it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about showing up, and many of the hand cars that turned out were feats of imagination. In fact, the competition is almost a sideline of the main event, people watching. The costumes, sculptures, entertainment and music are a feast for the senses.

Also included is a first-hand account on team ZAP and the Alia… I mean Ale Car. No, it’s not an Ale-powered car, it’s a pedal powered car, the creation of ZAP machinist Ben Conrad and ZAP founder Gary Starr. Also thanks to other volunteers Justin, Brad, Craig, Ricky and Frederic for building the car in their spare time. Did we forget anyone? Well, the ZAP Ale Car was highly celebrated, but lost out in the semi-finals, apparently throwing a chain. Good job battling the heat, the junk parts and the wildly dressed crowds. “More grueling than the X PRIZE,” says team leader Gary Starr. Better luck, next year ZAP!

See more sights and sounds from the Great Hand Car Regatta at http://handcar-regatta.com/.

Musical credit to the great Scott Joplin and his “Maple Leaf Rag” http://ia341329.us.archive.org/2/item…

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October 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

More Great Auto XPRIZE Videos

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Enjoy more videos from the Automotive XPRIZE featuring shots of the ZAP Alias electric car at MIS as well as interviews from driver Al Unser Jr. and Team Leader Gary Starr.

Shots of all the XPRIZE cars that participated in validation, except for the Alias strangely.

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September 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

VIDEO: ZAP Founder on the Alias Electric Car and XPRIZE

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The Zap Alias won the on-line poll for the most attractive car, but this car is far more than just a pretty face. An efficient and quick three-wheeled side-by-side, this electric vehicle carries a 32 kWh advanced lithium-ion phosphate battery made by one of the largest BEV manufacturers in the US, yet it still weighed in at a modest 2733 pounds. This car showed innovation in both its design and execution, yielding excellent performance and efficiency.

Class: Alternative Side by Side
No. of wheels: Three
Passengers: Two
Drive type: Battery electric, front-wheel-drive
Battery type: 32 kwh, lithium-ion
Charging: 110v or 220v

Thankz for the great video, XPRIZE! Watch more videos at the XPRIZE Foundation YouTube Channel.

What’s Al Unser Jr.’s Take on EVs?

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Al Unser Jr. standing in front of Alias in ZAP Showroom

Al Unser Jr. standing in front of the ZAP Alias

When you have been racing IndyCars your whole career, perhaps you would be ready for a change of scene?  So many have been curious about Al Unser Jr.’s attraction to driving the ZAP Alias electric car in the Automotive X PRIZE and we examine some of his recent interviews.  As Edmunds.com writes, the race for the 100 MPGe Automotive X PRIZE is ‘oh so quiet‘ and this is part of the attraction for Unser.  Earth2Tech asked Unser if he missed the roar of the engine?  “Not at all,” says Unser.  Many have speculated that Unser is doing it because it is the green, environmental thing to do.  Perhaps they don’t know Unser very well, nor his family, who have been driving all kinds of automobiles and pushing automotive innovation for over 100 years.  EarthTechling looked into Unser’s latest interest: electric cars.  Also, long-time Unser fan Ronald Ahrens spent some time on the ground with the man at Michigan International Speedway.  Learn more about the racing legend and why he’s so charged up about EVs.

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