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Electric motocross

2009-04-09 12:11:20.463494+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-09 16:25:01.695764+00 by: jeff

This is really interesting/fascinating, Dan. Thanks for posting. I've known about some of those manufacturers, and this race is one way of validating the technology.

#Comment Re: The Sounds of Time and Space made: 2009-04-10 10:33:53.429564+00 by: jeff [edit history]

Other than golf, I really have little or no experience with mostly quiet (electric) drives. I have a feeling that I would like them though. Especially with off-road riding; one could re-connect with the sounds of nature more.

The racing part of me will never let go of the sound of the internal combustion engine, though.

Whether it's the sound of my Triumph Daytona motorcycle (triple; three cylinders) heading down the backstretch at Nelson Ledges (our first race is April 25th), an old Offenhauser engine at Indy, the sound of the pack at a NASCAR race (this needs to be experienced at least once in life, but probably no more), my own Ducati 848 motorcycle (L-twin, with desmodromic valve actuation) or a MotoGP Ducati motorcycle spinning to 19,000 rpm as it reaches past 200mph, they all produce their own unique melodies. But of course, it's always nice to hear music during an actual ride:


Turn up the volume on that short piece. It always puts me in the mood at the begining of the riding season!

One idea that I never moved forward with 20 or more years ago was the notion of measuring ambient (background) cockpit noise levels and automatically adjusting the sound level (volume) of car sound systems to produce a consistent signal-to-noise ratio. The cost of patent litigation is simply off-the-charts. I'm proud to see that many cars now have that feature.