After an amazing qualifying session at the Korean International Circuit, I was really pulling for Lewis to win Sunday in Yeongam at the Korean Grand Prix. Oh well, the Vettel dominance continues. What can you say? Seb and Red Bull are on fire.
Watching Lewis tear around the year-old track reminded me of this photo of Lewis Hamilton and Stuart Mills discussing the Sonic 7. Even drivers of the most thrilling vehicles in the world have a keen interest in the Exomotive line of vehicles.
McLaren F1 Driver Lewis Hamilton tries on the MEV Sonic 7 and discusses vehicle dynamics with Stuart Mills
After creating the electric powered MEV Missle, a cross in styling between the Rocket and Sonic 7, Stuart Mills sold the project to South Nottingham College to help teach students about vehicle maintenance, electrical skills and alternative energy vehicles. The Newark Advertiser ran a nice piece on the students who have worked on the project.
Magnus School pupils Ryan Pegg, Josh Garton, and Mark Loveridge, all 15 years old, have been working on an electric car as part of a project with South Nottingham College.
Pupils at the Magnus Church of England School are the first in Newark to have completed a project that demonstrates the role science and engineering can play in changing the way people live. For four months six pupils have worked on a unique electric car as part of the Science, Technology, English and Maths (STEM) project run by the South Nottingham College. They have all achieved their level one award in vehicle maintenance by completing modules in low carbon technologies, vehicle electrical foundation skills and environmental awareness.
Mr Adam Crowther, a teacher at the Magnus, said the project was an alternative option to arts or languages at GCSE. “If the pupils continue with the project as part of a Step Up Diploma, it will be the equivalent of four GCSEs, in addition to the core subjects they will take,” he said. “This has brought out their confidence. They have worked well as a team. We hope to continue with it for the foreseeable future, if we get the funding, as we have really seen the benefits. We want to expand it to more pupils and get more creative.”
The car, called the Missle, was purpose-built by Mansfield-based company MEV. It is powered by an electric motor and rechargeable batteries and can reach speeds of up to 60mph. It is the only one of it’s type in the world.
Mr Jon Rawson, the STEM coordinator at South Nottingham College, said the course educated youngsters in an entertaining way. “It’s dynamic learning and these pupild have really responded well,” he said. “The feedback from the lads is that they wish they could have had this style of learning and education earlier as it really engages them and grabs their attention.” Mr Rawson said he hoped the project could be delivered to other schools in the area and that he was looking for corporate funding and other grants to develop the project. “We are also trying to attract more girls as in Britain there are fewer women working in engineering than anywhere else in Europe,” he said. “Girls don’t feel they have the opportunity to get involved in engineering but this course is aiming to change that.”
Exomotive and Exocet Cars, the New Zealand Exocet dealer, were mentioned in the News section of Totalkitcar.com today.
The spread of Mills Extreme Vehicles continues with the recent announcement of two new overseas distributors specifically for the Mazda MX-5-based Exocet model.
Exocet Cars is run by a mechanical engineer called, Tom Carpenter, who will sell the Exocet in New Zealand and can be reached via www.exocet.co.nz while Kevin Patrick’s Atlanta, Georgia-based Exomotive LLC will manufacture the Exocet for the North American market and he’s placed an order for a batch of 10 kits to help satisfy his initial demand. More from www.exomotive.com
Three of the MX150R Exocet race cars turned out for the DTM Nippon Challenge this weekend at Brands Hatch. Drivers Jonathan Blake, Alec Liversley and Michael Pearson enjoyed receiving a large amount of attention on this very televised race weekend aired on Motors TV. The Saturday heats were successful with the Exocets coming in third and fourth place. On Sunday, heavy rain made for wet conditions but the downpour had cleared by the time of the start of what became a very exciting race. Brilliant driving by Jonathan and Alec resulted in second and third placings for them in the 2011 Nippon Challenge. Michael managed a very respectable thirteenth place after a spin knocked him out of seventh. Big thanks to the mechanics who looked after the Exocets too.
An amazing showing when you consider the grid included significantly higher powered Subaru Imprezas and Toyota Celicas. A great showing for the new MX150R MEV Exocets in their first season.
Great writeup in the Sports Extra section of Autosport yesterday about the new Exocet Race Car and dedicated UK race series for 2012.
Organizers of the successful Ma5da championship have announced a new spaceframe category based on the Mazda MX5, set to launch next season. The MX150R utilizes kit car manufacturer MEV’s Exocet, which runs the 1800cc MX5 engine, tuned to produce 150bhp. Ma5da boss Jonathan Blake, who gave the car its race debut in the Nippon Challenge at Castle Combe last month, described the car as a “cross between a Caterham, a Westfield and an Ariel Atom”.
The plan is that the 850kg car will provide a quicker alternative to the Mk1 (which uses the 1600cc engine) and Mk3 (two-liter) MX5 races Blake already runs.
“We don’t use the 1800cc MX5 engine but there are a lot of donor cars out there,” said Blake, who confirmed the basic kit will cost around 3000 + VAT. Including the donor car, the final cost could be around 6000, and the series will use the same control parts as the Mk1 MX5 series.
“There was an opportunity to produce a spaceframe car, which is lighter and faster, and you don’t have to find an MX5 body,” added Blake. “There’s a big market out there for spaceframe cars and it fits the economic climate.”
Blake believes the series will provide a home for MX5 Mk1 competitors, particularly when parts become scarce for the Japanese sports car. “We thought the Mk1 entries had peaked last year, but it’s just growing and growing in popularity and we have 120 registered competitors this year,” said Blake.
“Eventually there will be a shortage of Mk1s – I think in the next five or six years. If that’s going to deplete and you haven’t got a something to take its place you’ve missed the boat. Everything is expanding. You can’t just rest on your laurels and I think there’s room for a third series, something a bit different. We have 25 people keen and interested, some of whom are Mk1 racers.”
Blake will continue to develop the car in the Nippon Challenge this year, and MX5 frontrunners Tom Roche and ROb Boston are likely to drive too. Blake also plans to run two examples in the 12-hour enduro at Snetterton in November “to demonstrate its reliability.”
Having raced the car, Blake believes the MX150R will provide good competition. “It drives exactly like an MX5 Mk1, but faster,” he said. “It’ll be very close racing. It’s very easy to control and to work on.”
Because Ma5da already has championship status for its MX5 series, the MX150Rs could be run as a sub-class, with separate grids, to enable drivers to compete for points straight away. Blake believes 20-25 entries is a reasonable goal for the field next season.
Great news about our bike-engined cars. Team MEV is proud to annouce that our Atomic model has now passed IVA and our innovative Yamaha R1-powered tR1ke is now road-legal. Either of these Yamaha R1 powered options is an excellent choice for your next build.