News Update - November 2015

Project progress: Good progress has been made on the three main modules; the chassis/bodywork, the capacitor pack and the motors. The designs are interlinked of course so as we make progress in one area they all leap forward... Learn More

Sponsor News: We've got a couple of new sponsors in the pipeline as a direct result of the Kent Manufacturing Expo where I gave a presentation recently. See the blog for details

Click HERE to see our sponsors; please support them if you can, or if you need help with a project try our Technical Partners

Latest Prize Draw: A subscriber’s prize draw is long overdue. This time I'm offering a pair of adult tickets to Autosport International at the NEC in January and I'm delighted to say the winner is IAN BARRATT of Mind Strengths. Well done Ian, I'll be in touch soon.

STEM News: As the project gathers momentum I'm keen to maximise the STEM opportunities for schools and colleges. I've got plenty of ideas which I'll be discussing with STEM providers soon... Learn More

Charity Corner: The Fast Charge website now shows 10% of merchandise sales, and 6% of supporters club subscriptions, are donated to Canine Partners. Support us and you’ll be supporting their valuable work too. Visit their website for more information about Canine Partners

I've also been looking at how we can do more to support Greenpower. Our forthcoming video series is one thing we'll share with them, but I'm sure there's more we can do... Find out about Greenpower

Events:

4th-5th November: Advanced Engineering, NEC Birmingham
Displaying the original bike in the 'Low Carbon Vehicle Feature Display' to promote the Fast Charge project to 15,000 attendees. Advanced Engineering show guide

10th November: STEM Review, Rochester, Kent
Meeting with the Medway Education-Business Partnership to discuss how we can use the Fast Charge to inspire students in Kent. About the Medway EBP

18th November:  SepNET Students Expo, London
Supporting our placement student at the SepNET Student Expo as she showcases the production analysis of an electric motorbike that she did for us in the summer. About SepNET

25th November: Niche Vehicle Network forum, Silverstone UTC
A Regular meeting of vehicle designers and manufacturers. About the Niche Vehicle Network

Looking ahead...

In December I'm giving a presentation to students at the University of Kent (Canterbury) and then we have the big show in January 2016 - the 'Energy Efficient Motorsport Conference' at the NEC, the day before Autosport International. More about those next month...

News Update - October 2015

Project progress:

Capacitor Pack: Slow progress recently but we’re pretty close to the final solution with this part of the package.

Motor/Controller: Really good progress here, although packaging it all in the frame is proving a real headache. GEM MC have finalised the motor size and the controller sizes. The most fascinating part now, from an engineering perspective, is matching performance on the track against performance from the motor.

We know at 1/3-second intervals exactly what speed we need to be doing (and hence the rear wheel rpm) and what power and torque the motor needs to be delivering. With the chosen gearing we can then work out the exact motor rpm-torque-power characteristics. By plotting these points in a huge spreadsheet we can select the exact frequency of the controllers at precisely that point in time to deliver the correct performance and see the motor efficiency at that point. There are loads of variables though so we’ll probably run though those calculations multiple times to get the best, and most efficient, control programme.

Of course it’ll not behave anything like that once we get on track, but we’ve got to start somewhere. The track-side tuning promises more excitement – and frustration - next year!

Aero/Bodywork: The University of Brighton has circulated the aero projects to their new final-year students and I’m awaiting responses to go and select two students to pick up this challenge.

Wheels: Very good progress on this. Firstly I’m about to place the order for the complete rear wheel assembly – a 15” diameter x 14” wide rear wheel. I’m waiting for Warpspeed Racing to give me a quote and I’ll pay the deposit to get material underway. Time is very tight as we need to get the bike to the NEC in January and they’re quoting (worst case) of 12 weeks.

With regard to the front wheel I’m delighted to welcome BikeHPS to our list of sponsors. They’re giving us some support to get a Dymag Carbon-Fibre front wheel, fitted with Ceramic bearings. The wheels are incredibly light (2.2kg) which will help reduce rolling resistance and inertia, and the low-rolling resistance bearings will considerably reduce drag so we can make use of every bit of power in the system. They are agents for both of these products as well as many other high-quality parts for performance road and race bikes. If you’re after upgrades or accessories have a look to see what they can do for you. You’ll find more details HERE – tell them we sent you!


Sponsor News: I’m delighted to welcome Cooden Tax Consulting to the team. Simon Bulteel, owner and Director, has extensive tax and finance experience from his spells in public accountancy practice and industry (including working for a motorsport engineering company). He provides advice and support to companies claiming R&D and Technology Tax Reliefs. With this project being a shining example of engineering and scientific research, this is a natural fit. Simon is providing professional support and covering some of the project running costs. If your business is engaged in any sort of research or development (and the scope is quite wide-ranging) you ought to have an informal chat with Simon to see if you are eligible for tax relief on your costs. You can find details HERE – mention Fast Charge when calling, please!

Events: I had a great day at the Canine Partners HQ in Heyshott, near Midhurst, recently. I took the bike to do a photoshoot for a press release announcing our support for them, and in particular our new initiative - donating a percentage of all Supporters Club and Merchandise income to the charity. They’ve already had a small donation from the Ramsgate Sprint, and we’re determined to continue helping them this way. The press release and pictures are on the BLOG

I am showing the original bike at the Kent Manufacturing Expo at the Kent County Showground (Detling) on October 7th and doing a couple of presentations to raise the profile of the project. If you’re going to the event come and say hello – details are HERE

We’ve got space in the Low Carbon Vehicles Feature at Advanced Engineering, a two day show attracting 15,000 visitors, held at the NEC at the start of November. Again, I’ll be showing the old bike and promoting this project to an audience from world-class companies involved in automotive, aerospace, electronics engineering, and composites; a great opportunity to raise our profile and attract more support. Show details are HERE

I’ll be displaying the new bike at the Energy Efficient Motorsport Conference, run by the MIA and co-located with Autosport International at the NEC in January. Sponsorship opportunities are available on our showcase display – please get in touch if this is of interest.

Phil Edwards
Project Director EV1000 world-record electric drag-bike challenge

News Update - September 2015

APC Hi-Rel took the original bike along to the big low-carbon vehicle show at the start of September (LCV2015) to help promote the new project. This was well received and gained a lot of interest.

I’m on Stand 188, and have two presentation slots booked, at the Kent Manufacturing Expo in October. The original bike will be on display and I’ll be promoting the project to the engineering and manufacturing community.

A few days later I’ll be at the Greenpower National Finals at Rockingham Motor Speedway

In November I’m at the NEC for the two-day Advanced Engineering show in the ‘Low Carbon Vehicle Display’ (part of the Automotive Zone). Last year this event attracted over 15,000 professionals from aerospace, automotive, composites and electronics businesses.

The NEW rolling chassis is planned to make its public debut at the NEC in January at the Energy Efficient Motorsport Conference (formerly Low Carbon Racing Conference). Running the day before Autosport International this conference attracts senior technical staff and decision makers from the motor racing world. Electric motorsport will feature heavily this time with Formula E and the recent success at Pikes Peak foremost.

Finally, for now, the NEW bike is booked for the APC Hi-Rel stand at the Powertrain Conference at the National Motorcycle Museum in February.

Phil Edwards
Project Director EV1000 world-record electric drag-bike challenge

Phil Edwards and the team finally have the go ahead to start the EV1000 Project!

"We’re starting! Yes, that’s right; I’m delighted to announce that we’ve finally got the go-ahead to start the project.

This is a major milestone. It’s almost three and a half years since I came up with the idea and, with a huge amount of planning and lots of support from some very loyal people, we formally start the design and build on May 1st.

I’ll outline the project plan in a later update so you know what to expect during this 12 month phase."

Congratulations to Phil and all the team from TR Fastenings! 

For further info on the project have a look at the EV1000 website

 

Phil featured in our latest R&A 2013

'Back in May 2011, an electric motorcycle (photo) designed and built by Phil Edwards set the UK record for electric motorcycle drag racing. As is the nature of motorsport the record was lost so Phil simply had to respond; the lure of record-breaking proving irresistible.'  Read full atricle
 

News update - August 2014

A short update this time as there’s not a lot to report… continuing to chase money sums up my last few weeks. I’ve got three opportunities to pitch to investors soon so a lot of my focus is on putting together a good story. If you know anyone looking to invest in the future of transport, and take a share in some of the clever technology we’re developing, do tell them to call me on 01825 761890

We’ve had coverage in British Dealer News recently, and articles are due out soon in South East Biker, The Road (journal of the Motorcycle Action Group), and a new publication Alternative Race Technology.

Nile Fulker, formerly of Northbrook College but now working at Ricardo, is producing some tremendously good looking aerodynamic work on the bikes fairing and bodywork. I’ll post images on the blog as soon as I have some more.

New Logo and Name

Yes, the bike has a new name – Fast Charge, and a logo to go with it. It’s been known as EV1000 which is derived from an Electric Vehicle with 1000hp, but I’ve intended to give it a racing name like most drag racing cars and bikes. They tend to use aggressive names like Predator, Terminator, She Devil etc.

Our project has been christened FAST CHARGE; to go with that I’ve refreshed the website and added the new FAST CHARGE logo to it. The website is still live at www.ev1000.co.uk and it’s mirrored at www.fastcharge.org and www.fast-charge.org. I’ll be renaming the Facebook and Twitter Pages soon.

We’re up for another award – your vote is needed!

We need your online votes please! We’re shortlisted for the Education award in the e-Legacy awards promoted by Electronic Product Design and Test journal. This is in recognition of the work I do with the bikes to promote Science and Engineering careers at schools and colleges around the country. Please vote for us in the Education category at http://www.epdtonthenet.net/elegacy-voting.aspx

I believe the deadline for voting is 8th August – just a couple of days away so please DO IT NOW.

Supporters Club update

I’m delighted to welcome a number of new sponsors this month. They are:

Red Letter Books: a family-run business, based in East Sussex, creating illustrated life story books. We can help you write your memoirs and turn them into books full of photographs to share with family and friends. We also love to create retirement gift books and anniversary or birthday books. For more information see www.redletterbooks.co.uk

Addagrip Terraco Ltd: a resin manufacturing and formulating company established in 1980. Part of the Terraco Group, Addagrip specialises in resin based surfacing systems, including Addaset, Addabound, Terrabound and Addacolor Resin Bound surfacing, Addastone Resin Bonded and Addastone TP, along with a range of quality resin floor finishes and concrete protection resins. For more information see www.addagrip.co.uk

Terraco Ltd: a leader in the formulation, design and production of environmentally friendly finishing materials, Terraco prides itself on providing innovative, green solutions to the construction industry. Since its founding in 1980, Terraco uses carefully selected raw materials and production techniques, resulting in products that promote health, ensure comfort, improve energy efficiency and provides a sophisticated finish. For more information see www.addagrip.co.uk

Furnace Design: their core speciality is the use of 3D tools backed up with sound engineering knowledge, high sensitivity to form, understanding of user and market needs, and a practical understanding of production costs and requirements. For more information see www.furnacedesign.co.uk/

Many thanks to each of these for getting involved (Furnace Design have been supporting us for a long time actually – thanks for your continued help Owen!)

Please try to support these businesses if there’s anything they can help you with (see full list at foot of the newsletter).

Supporters Club

I’ve increased the range of offers for supporters and sponsors on the website. Starting from just £15 upwards these make great gifts. Have a look at http://ev1000.co.uk/ev1000_getinvolved.php

Website & Social Media

Don’t forget to tell friends and colleagues about the project website at www.fastcharge.org. Please also tell them to follow/like us at www.twitter.com/wealdevt and www.facebook.com/wealdtech

Sponsorship/Investment

If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting this world-beating UK project please ask them to call me on 01825 761890. We’re open to investors as well as sponsors as EV1000 will launch a programme of high-efficiency powertrain development for sale into motorsport, commercial and off-highway vehicles. Equity is available in Weald Technology Ltd in return for investment.
 
Phil Edwards
Project Director EV1000 world-record electric drag-bike challenge

 

News Update - December 2013

I’m delighted to say that we were successful in the Low Carbon Motorsport R&D Funding bid and have an offer of a substantial grant towards the project costs.

This is a massive step forward, coming 2 years after I set out on this project; it’s been a long haul but we’re getting there, and I’m grateful to the many supporters that have been hanging on patiently waiting for this breakthrough. Many thanks for your support. More details will follow.

Phil Edwards
Project Director EV1000 world-record electric drag-bike challenge.

Press Release from the Technology Strategy Board:

British motorsport champions take to podium in latest technology innovation race

London, UK: A selection of small and medium sized enterprises in the UK's ‘Motorsport Valley' have been recognised for their competitive edge and potential for growth in the latest initiative to help drive innovation in this cluster.

In all, 15 companies located in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties will receive a total of £1.14m from the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, to carry out 11 research and development projects as part of the Motorsport Valley Launchpad competition. Designed to enable companies within the cluster to collaborate and develop new energy-efficient technologies, the funding will facilitate and accelerate the economic growth of the winning companies and of the cluster as a whole.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: "The UK is literally leading the global race in the motorsport industry, hosting some of the most innovative companies in the world. The Motorsport Valley business cluster is generating a range of exciting products that are revolutionising the sector as well as supporting growth and helping to create jobs. Through our industrial strategy, competitions such as Launchpad will allow businesses to take their technologies to the next level and keep them on top of the podium for years to come."

Among those selected is an engineering company that is developing lightweight fuel cells for automotive vehicles making them more energy efficient and a developer of nanocoatings being used to improve motor vehicle radiator systems by increasing heat transfer, improving cooling, and reducing fouling.

David Bott, Head of Innovation Programmes at the Technology Strategy Board said: "The companies within this cluster, 95 per cent of which are SMEs, represent some of the best producers of high performance engineering technology the UK has to offer. The motorsport industry is just one where the UK is already known as a leader. Companies such as those selected as part of this Launchpad are continuing to dominate the design, development and manufacture of components and systems used in the majority of the world's motorsport series. The Motorsport Valley Launchpad will help to continue this success by providing each company with the necessary support, connections and expert advisors to really drive the commercialisation of their winning innovations."

A vibrant business community with global sales of £7bn and exports of £4bn, the Motorsport Valley cluster invests more than £1bn annually in R&D and is made up of 3,500 businesses. It is led by cluster champion the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), which helps its members grow their businesses and acts as the voice of the industry to government and its agencies.

Chris Aylett, Chief Executive of the MIA said: "This inaugural Launchpad for the UK's motorsport industry has been a marvellous opportunity for many specialist high performance engineering companies to demonstrate their capabilities in energy efficient solutions. The winners will collaborate with others across the cluster and other sectors to deliver their work, and attract investment to support their success.  The MIA is delighted by the response to this first-ever ‘motorsport cluster' Launchpad and hope it will be the first of many. We will work alongside the Technology Strategy Board to encourage networking and collaboration to strengthen the cluster and benefit other sectors too."

The companies will now also benefit from support to develop their businesses and will be showcased to investors in order to access additional funding to enable them to conduct their R&D projects and commercialise the results.

Motorsport Valley is a registered trade mark of the MIA, owned by its members on behalf of the UK industry.

 

News Update - August 2013

I’ve just been told by the Technology Strategy Board that we’re through to Stage 2 of the Motorsport R&D funding competition. This is brilliant news and could be the kick-start to the project that we’ve been waiting for.

They select twice the number of projects that they can afford to fund, so we’ve got a 50/50 chance of success.

Entries to the next stage are due in about 4 weeks time; lots to do before then. Wish us luck!

Phil Edwards
Project Director EV1000 world-record electric drag-bike challenge

More info: http://www.weald-evt.co.uk/

News Update - April 2013

I’m launching another crowdfunding bid, sponsorship is proving hard to come by, so I’ve launched this to raise the money for the rolling chassis.

The Crowdfunding bid is live at www.igg.me/at/ev1000

It’s so important to get the rolling chassis built. I’ve got space for the bike at two events this summer; the Eco Technology Show in Brighton, and the Crawley ‘Big Bang’ Science Fair… and I don’t want to turn down the invites because we’ve nothing to show them!

I’ll be tweeting and updating Facebook regularly, and thanks to Rob Moon we have support from the Coventry University Marketing dept who’ll be broadcasting to their networks and sending a press release to local and national media. With their reputation behind us that will be a great help.

Please link anyone who might be interested to www.igg.me/at/ev1000 and let’s get this Great British project up and running!

Many, many, thanks for your support!

Phil Edwards
Project Director EV1000 world-record electric drag-bike challenge.

 

News update - February 2013

Events

I spoke to the Surrey and Sussex branch of the VMCC earlier this week, to a great turnout on a snowy evening. I was asked if I could do similar for the Sunbeam owners club in April, and similar for Warwicks VMCC in 2014 (these social night calendars get booked well in advance!).

I am always looking for more opportunities to talk about past and future projects, so if you know a club or society that would like a presentation let me know.

We’ve only just started discussing it, but I hope to put on an event with Mark and the team at Haslemere Motorcycles in a few weeks time – I’ll let you know and everyone will be welcome to come along.

Design

Rob Moon (Eclipse Performance Engineering) has finally sorted out the chassis – believe me it was not an easy job to package it all but I think we’re there now. I’m visiting both the motor/controller and power-source suppliers very soon to do a final check on the layout, and once they’re happy that we’ve allowed them enough space we should be ready to cut some metal. We just need to raise some cash to get that underway – more of which further down the page…

I mentioned last time that MCT Suspension had kindly offered to rework the springs and damping on the front forks, and indeed they did. The service was incredibly fast too. I sent the parts to them late one afternoon on a next-day carrier. At 4pm the following day Daniel from MCT was on the phone checking that I would be OK to receive the parcel as it was on its way back to me already – and by 10:30 the next morning I was once again holding the precious front forks.

In just over a day they’d been to MCT and back, all prepped and ready to run; a truly first class service. If you’re looking to improve your bikes handling for road or track give MCT a call on 01449 777161… tell them you heard about it here!

Supporters Club

I’d like to welcome to all the new supporters who’ve joined over the last few weeks. Most of them came from the crowdfunding bid (see next story) and a couple are Facebook friends (www.facebook.com/wealdtech)

The crowdfunding bid unfortunately fell short of its target, which means that none of the money pledged was passed on to us. But, because you’re all a decent bunch, the majority of those that pledged money sent it to me anyway and I’m very grateful to all of those that did. It’s great to see that people believe in what we’re doing and are helping to make a bit of history. And anyway, other good things came from it…

One is that Geoff Booth from Coventry University (where Rob Moon studied) passed the information around Uni. Their marketing department caught on to the fact that a former student had ridden the UK record-breaker, and was designing and riding the world-record challenger. This sparked quite a bit of interest, and they offered to promote the crowdfunding through their networks, which are considerably larger than mine! They also offered help with press releases and other promotion which will undoubtedly carry more weight if Coventry University start sending out news releases.

Their offer to help with the crowdfunding came too late in the day for that round, but we had a meeting with the Uni this week and will be re-launching a crowdfund bid soon. This time they’ll put their social media resources behind it and broadcast to a much bigger audience so I hope we’ll be successful. We also opened up conversations about how else the University could get involved with students helping to build and test the bike. There’s some way to go yet on those discussions, but they have a huge number of resources that we can tap into.

Did you see “Speed Dreams” on BBC2 recently? I know most of us were delighted to see a programme, on a mainstream channel, about “men in sheds tinkering with stuff”. One of the guys involved in the Team Page effort (with the Triumph) is a member of our supporters club too, so well done John and the rest of the boys, and good luck for 2014.

Sponsorship

Wendy Nash (http://www.nrgevents.com/) is working to raise the profile of the project and attract some headline sponsors. If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting this world-beating UK project please ask them to call Phil on 01825 761890 or Wendy on 01732 365130.

 

News update - December 2012

After a quiet period things are picking up. Rob is pressing ahead with chassis layout, we’ve almost fixed the power source (it’s big!), and components are being sent off for modification. See below for details…

Design

Rob Moon (Eclipse Performance Engineering) has been working on the chassis layout, struggling to fit the power source in. We are very close to a deal with the suppliers but can’t commit until we’re sure that it’ll go in the space.

Oh, and congratulations to Rob, riding for the Phoenix Racing team that has just won the 2012 ‘over 600cc’ NBC Endurance Championship.

Something I omitted from the last news letter is to say how grateful I am to London Advanced Motorcyclists. Why’s that? Well, back in the summer they invited us to talk at one of their social evenings, and the guys from MCT Suspension were there talking about suspension setup for road and track. They really know their stuff with years of experience behind them. Afterwards I kept in touch with them and, now we’ve got the front end (kindly donated by Suzuki GB) Darren at MCT Suspension has offered to shorten the fork travel and modify the spring and damping rates.

So, it’s many thanks to LAM for making the introduction and to MCT for their valuable support. If you’re looking to improve your bikes handling for road or track give MCT a call on 01449 777161… tell them you heard about it here!

Supporters Club

The crowdfunding is inching forward – thanks to all that have forwarded it on and posted it on their Facebook, Twitter, blogs etc, but time is running out and we’ve got some way to go so please do all you can to spread the word.

Events

The Haslemere motorcycles ‘Green Day’ was more we than green, but they still put on a show and had plenty of people queuing up to test the Zero Motorcycles electric bikes. Thanks to Mark and the team for inviting me along.

I’ve already got a talk booked for February 2013 (Vintage Motorcycle Club) and am looking for more opportunities.

Sponsorship

Wendy Nash (http://www.nrgevents.com/) is working to raise the profile of the project and attract some headline sponsors. If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting this world-beating UK project please ask them to call Phil on 01825 761890 or Wendy on 01732 365130.

If you have any comments please don’t hesitate to call or email any time.

Merry Christmas

Finally, thank you so much for your support during 2012. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2013.

With kind regards,
Phil Edwards
Project Director EV1000 world-record electric drag-bike challenge.

 

News update - November 2012

Sponsorship is proving hard to come by, although we are chasing a few people for help, so I’ve just launched a crowdfunding bid to raise the money for the rolling chassis. I’m really keen to get this underway in the New Year so we are ready for the show season in the spring.

Here’s the link to my bid page: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/investment/electric-motorcycle-world-record-challenge-1421

The bid is only open for 30 days and if we don’t raise the whole amount we get nothing, so please donate what you can in the support of motorcycling, engineering, science, and technology.

Thank you, Phil

 

Events

It’s the end of the season now but we had a good few events, and just one more to come – and it’s this coming weekend so keep reading!

Wings and Wheels at Dunsfold Park was a great show. This took place over the August Bank Holiday (Sunday and Monday) although we could only make the Sunday. It was a beautiful sunny day and a massive crowd turned out. We had a huge amount of interest and a lot of people wanted to know about the bike and how it worked. All day long there were people taking pictures so it must appear in thousands of cameras and peoples phones now… just wait ‘til the new bike is launched!

We’ve one more event which sees us returning to our friends at Haslemere Motorcycles this coming Saturday, October 13th. They are holding a ‘green day’ with electric motorcycles from Yamaha, Rieju, and Zero Motorcycles. We’ll be taking the bike along as a more unusual ‘green bike’ but it promises to be another good day out. They put on a really good show on these events so pop along and see the products that are out now or shortly due for launch. If you don’t fancy an electric one, they’ve got some excellent deals on the full range of Suzuki and Yamaha, and a wide selection of second-hand machines.

The weather maps are currently predicting a sunny day so pop over and say hello.

That will probably be the last outing for the existing bike. The national motor museum at Beaulieu has discussed putting it in their collection, so it may be heading for a well earned retirement in the New Forest.

By that time its bigger brother should be on the loose…

Weald EVT now has a merchandise and supporters club, click here to view info and to buy mugs, T-shirts and stickers! weald-evt.co.uk

 

Articles

News Release : Electric Motorsport combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Future Technology

South East Business Magazine - Click here to see the latest article on Phil and WEVT pages 1 & 4 

 

Latest News from Phil - October 2012

Design

I think we’re close to finalising the power source now. We’ve had a very good proposal from a large company to supply the components, but we need to check that it fits in the frame as it takes up a lot of space. It’s a great solution though and I hope to reveal more next time.

Our friends at Brighton University who helped us with a small Kinetic Energy Recovery unit (KERS) are keen to discuss developing a much larger one for the project.

We’re getting a lot of technical help from Bob Brookes, a class-leading ‘Funny Bike’ fabricator and racer who is sharing his experience with Rob Moon, our lead designer, and Jo White (Vulcan Dezign) is working through his contacts book to see what help he can find. He knows people involved with single-seaters (up to F1), sportscars, historic racing, and Moto-GP.

Thanks to Mark Lucock (Haslemere Motorcycles) and Richard O’Brien (Training Manager, Suzuki GB) we’ve been donated a complete front-end from a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 so that’ll do very nicely for the front-end. Thanks very much to everyone who put the time in to help make this happen. The story is HERE

Supporters Club

I am delighted to welcome some more new members to the supporters club over the last few weeks. If you’re one of them welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.

Sponsorship

Wendy Nash (http://www.nrgevents.com/) is working to raise the profile of the project and attract some headline sponsors. We also have packages relevant to businesses working in motorcycles, bodywork/painting, event management etc. If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting this world-beating UK project please ask them to call Phil on 01825 761890 or Wendy on 01732 365130.

If you have any comments please don’t hesitate to call or email any time.

 

Latest News from Phil - August 2012

Design

We’re still in discussion with the designer of our preferred motor. As I mentioned last time I have a really good solution from a UK company prepared to design and build a motor specifically for the task, as well as a matched controller. We’re talking of £50-60k for the whole package, but it sounds very promising.

The chassis fabricator has been sorted out and a press release went out just a few days ago welcoming Jo White of Vulcan Dezign, a top class race car fabricator.  See above for the news release in Articles. 

We’re getting a lot of technical help from Bob Brookes, a class-leading ‘Funny Bike’ fabricator and racer who is sharing his experience with Rob Moon, our lead designer. Rob incidentally is launching a new engineering consultancy – Eclipse Performance Engineering.

It looks like we’ve secured a supplier for machined parts too, and they are hopefully bringing their material suppliers on board.

On the bodywork we’ve had interest from two suppliers of bio-composites, and finally I’m chasing a man from Suzuki who thinks he can source a complete GSXR front-end.

Supporters Club

I am delighted to welcome a number of new members to the supporters club over the last few weeks. If you’re one of them welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.

Sponsorship

Wendy Nash (http://www.nrgevents.com/) is working to raise the profile of the project and attract some headline sponsors. We also have packages relevant to businesses working in motorcycles, bodywork/painting, event management etc. If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting this world-beating UK project please ask them to call Phil on 01825 761890 or Wendy on 01732 365130.

The deal to promote the project through a TV documentary is drifting away at the moment so I’m not sure if that’s going to happen, but we’ll keep at it.

 

Latest News from Phil - June 2012

Design

Motor suppliers are still foremost in mind. It looks like I have a really good solution from a UK company that will design and build a motor specifically for the task, as well as a matched controller. We’re talking of £50-60k for the whole package, but it sounds very promising. We’ll probably be running about 750volts and 1300Amps – that’s 900kW or 1200hp in old units!

I’ve sent the bodywork concept to a fibreglass company in Kent to enquire about them helping out. Not sure where it’ll lead to, but they’re a company I know quite well and they may be interested in doing the work in return for some publicity. If you know any suppliers who could help, in return for a spot of advertising, or use of the bike at exhibitions, do let me know on 01825 761890

I’m discussing the chassis with a single-seater car constructor too at the moment. We already have a quote form a top drag-race constructor, but I’m keeping options open at the moment. We’re working to raise the money to get the rolling chassis built as soon as we can – certainly to a shape that we can take it to shows. A few people are asking when they’ll see something ‘in the metal’ and it would be great to have something to show, certainly by the big “Wings & Wheels” show at Dunsfold in August..

Supporters Club

I am delighted to welcome Alan Johns Products to the Business Members.

Sponsorship

Wendy Nash (http://www.nrgevents.com/) is working to raise the profile of the project and attract some headline sponsors. We also have packages relevant to businesses working in motorcycles, bodywork/painting, event management etc. If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting this world-beating UK project please ask them to call Phil on 01825 761890 or Wendy on 01732 365130.

It feels like we’re getting closer to securing a deal to promote the project through a TV documentary. I’ve been speaking to a well known presenter and he’s quite excited about it. Schedules permitting he’s happy to do some voice-over or pieces ‘to camera’ which is great news. Let’s hope we can get this together - it’ll be great for everyone who’s involved.

 

Latest News from Phil - April 2012

Hi all, it’s been a fairly quiet time on the project recently, but behind the scenes we’ve been working hard to move it forward.

Design

Meetings with motor suppliers have been interesting. There are a couple of options still open, both UK sourced, but they’re not cheap! Some work to do there…

Owen at Furnace Design (www.furnacedesign.co.uk) has produced some great concepts for the bodywork, and is now working up a couple of versions for final selection. I’ll be posting some images on the blog soon.

We’re working to raise the money to get the rolling chassis built as soon as we can – certainly to a shape that we can take it to shows. A few people are asking when they’ll see something ‘in the metal’ and it would be great to have something to show.

Supporters Club

I was delighted to welcome a few new members at the recent talk I gave to London Advanced Motorcyclists (www.l-a-m.org). Some of the riders came down to see us at the Real Classic Show at Ardingly Showground in March.

Both London Advanced Motorcyclists and TR Fastenings have joined us a Business Members recently for which we are very grateful.

Events

As mentioned above I’ve already fitted in some presentations and shows. Early in the year saw us at the Kentagon, Brands Hatch, for the Kent Advanced Motorcyclists social evening. Then in March I visited London Advanced Motorcyclists at Banstead one (very wet) Sunday morning, and just a week later we were at Real Classic Show at Ardingly Showground.

The diary has about a dozen more events planned for the coming months. The next one is at Haslemere Fire Station for their free motorcycle show on 22nd April. If you can, pop along and see us on the day.

Sponsorship

It feels like we’re getting closer to securing a deal to promote the project through a TV documentary. I really think it would make a great show following an engineering project from the drawing board through design meetings, into manufacturing, assembly, test, and finally out on the drag-strips. We have tracked down contact details of some potential presenters, and have interest from TV videographers and producers, so, fingers crossed, let’s hope we can get this together. It’ll be great for us, and for everyone else who’s involved.

If you have any comments please don’t hesitate to call or email any time.  More news coming in a few weeks.


About Phil Edwards


Phil Edwards trained as an apprentice ‘technician engineer’ in Sussex, and has worked in design, development, production engineering, and manufacturing roles for over 30 years. He has been involved in production work, bespoke and customised products, and prototype design and build.

Phil’s employment have nearly always been in low-volume or bespoke products, predominantly in high-technology manufacturing. He has led a number of lean manufacturing teams and delivered impressive savings in inventory and reductions in process times. His last employed role was as Operations Director at a Scientific Instrument manufacturer with responsibility for purchasing, planning, assembly, test, and worldwide service and installation of materials analysis systems.

For a number of years Phil was a judge at the South-East final of “Young Engineer for Britain” and the Engineering Council presented him with an award for “A major contribution to development of Young Engineers”.

In 2005 Phil became a self-employed manufacturing advisor working on lean manufacturing, value-engineering and process improvement projects as well as a number of cost-reduction projects for major organisations across all sectors.

In 2010 Phil combined a hobby of restoring motorcycles with a growing interest in low-carbon technology and set out to build an electric-powered drag-race motorcycle. Calling on a number of valuable industry contacts he designed and built a motorcycle that broke the record (held by Kingston University) for the fastest recorded standing-start ¼ mile time in the UK.

The bike was well received by the industry winning an Innovation Voucher and the Gold award in the Engineering category at the 2011 Green Apple Awards for Environmental Improvement. Both Phil and the bike have featured in print, online, and broadcast media. He is a regular attendee at eco and motorcycle shows with the bike and his road-going electric-conversion that he rides regularly, and often talks to motorcycle clubs at the social events.

Weald Technology are corporate members of Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), and the Electric Motorcycle Industry Association (EMCIA). He sits on the “technical” and “regulatory” working groups for EMCIA.