First test drive with the $2009 AWD Fiero. The video shows the car in electric only mode, it's so quiet that you can't even hear the motor over the road noise from the nearby street! This was the first time the new suspension has been driven on as well.
Here's a link to the build thread:
Fiero electric motor transaxle first test
This is a major milestone in my 1986 Pontiac Fiero electric car conversion
project. After numerous delays getting the correct adapting hardware for
the new motor to the old transaxle, we finally mounted the clutch and motor
assembly onto the transaxle and frame of the car. With everything in place,
I applied a regular 12 car battery to the motor and amazingly, it ran
without a hitch! See my website (www.roboticmayhem.com) for more
information on this project.
1600HP 4WD RAT ROD
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WORLDS FASTEST street legal ELECTRIC CAR
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Worlds fastest street legal ELECTRIC CAR 1972 Datsun 1200 Whtie Zombie.
This car is based in Oregon... there are something like 18 hydro electric
power plants in that state! Hydro generation accounts for 58% of all
electricity in Oregon (Over 70% in Washington) and coal accounts for less
Only about 15% of the energy from the fuel you put in your tank gets used
to move your car down the road or run useful accessories, such as air
conditioning. The rest of the energy is lost to engine and driveline
inefficiencies and idling. Therefore, the potential to improve fuel
efficiency with advanced technologies is enormous. With an Electric Car it
costs just $1.00 per 100kms with MUCH more performance than with petrol at
$20.00 per 100kms.
EVs use between 1/6th and 1/10th the energy of a comparable ICE powered
Datsun 1200 EV Specs:
- Motor - Hi Torque Electric 'Siamese 8' Series Wound DC Dual Armature 8
- Controller - Zilla Z2K EHV 2000 Amp
- Battery - 60x 16 Ah Hawker Enersys 'Genesis' Lead-Acid 360 Volts
- Final Drive ratio - 4.11 : 1
- Weight - 2,450 Pounds (1,113 Kilograms)
Drama at the 2008 Fiero Reunion
There were many stories at the 2008 Fiero Reunion at the Marriott
Centerpoint in Pontiac, Michigan. Here are two. The parking space standoff
ended peacefully; they settled it like gentlemen; we would expect no less
of Fiero owners. Now, those Corvette, Solstice, Miata and Viper
ruffians.... well, you know THEM;-)
Ford SHO mid engine RWD in a Fiero Redneck dune buggy
Initial Startup, running in the parking lot by my shop. A few donuts, a few
drifts and some straight line runs. A piss poor attempt to laying a patch!
My friends and I have spent over 400 hours building this car. It is caged
with race seats and harness belts. I plated the chassis and completely
rebuilt the back end of the frame to suit my driving needs! I used the
subframe from the Taurus SHO and modified it to fit the Fiero. I also
plated the subframe and added a 1/2" thick aluminum skidplate! This baby is
built to drive the piss out of it! :D
It will be interesting when I start running exotic blends of fuel, as I am
only starting off with some 87 Octane fuel to start with here. More to come
I have an MTX and a auto Tranny I am willing to sell!
Coleworx Riddler Rollover on Stairway - Crusher Ridge
The Riddler buggy rolls after some wide open assaults on Stairway at
Crusher Ridge Offroad Park in Hartselle, Alabama. This buggy looked brand
new before the roll! I guess they cant stay pretty forever. Props to the
owner for beating on such a nice looking Buggy. All it needs is a hood,
fender, and some paint and good as new.
Teenager Builds Electric Car - $.02 a mile to operate!
Tyler Griffin reports on a 19 year-old who decided to build an electric car
to save money on parking and gas at his high school. Mark King is the young
inventor behind the electric car which only costs two cents a mile to
50 MPH 8000W AWD Electric Offroad Mountain Bike First Drive
Be sure to follow us:
Dual motor e-bike reaching very fast speed of 47-48 mph in minimal space.
Bicycle as seen is running at 5600W with 2WD. This bike does come with the
option of running at 8000W or 5600W. We chose 5600W because we felt 8000W
is not needed and just spins the tires needlessly and also puts added
stress on components. The pull is quite amazing on this thing. This
particular video is the first impressions of our first ride. The space we
ran it is just slightly downhill but also around a bend so there is less
than 350 feet to really get on the throttle. Later testing on flat ground
yielded 50 MPH on GPS and Radar! Total system weight ready to ride is only
65 lbs! (29.5 kg!)
8000w kit reaching fast speeds with amazing hill climbing
Visit us at www.hi-powercycles.com
Thanks for watching!
Electric Homemade Wooden Go Kart Run 3
Hey guys this is Revision 3 of the electic go kart. It has a new Ramsey
winch motor and a 400amp curtis 1204-410 motor controller. The sprockets
have been upgraded to hold a #35 chain and the new size chain has been
added. I the motor specs: 8000RPM at 24v, 32 in pounds of torque, 45 amps
no load, 140 amps full load 6 hp continuous, 11 peak, running currently at
36v 85amps. Thanks for watching. Please leave your comments in the sectiob
below. Please note: this is not supposed to be professional looking or
super-functionalal for that metter, it wat meant to be a fun project.
4x4 Fails 2012
This is our group's 4WD Fail Compilation of 2012, OK - fun times of 2012.
That is over a one year period of regular wheeling. All vehicles are daily
Vehicles featured (in order of appearance):
- Jeep Grand Cherokee WH HEMI (locked front and rear) with AT's
- Toyota Land Cruiser 100-series (open diffs) with HT's
- Toyota Hilux 2010 - silver (locked front and rear) with AT's
- Nissan Navara 2010 (open diffs) with MT's
- Daihatsu Feroza 2nd Gen (open diffs) with MT's
- Toyota Hilux 7th Gen - black (open diffs) with MT's
- Toyota Land Cruiser 80-series (open diffs) with MT's
- Toyota Land Cruiser 80-series (open diffs) with MT's
- Nissan Patrol GU (front locker) with MT's
- Jeep Wrangler TJ (locked front and rear) with MT's
- Toyota Land Cruiser 200-series (traction control) with AT's
If anyone wants to see some real action, please watch this video, I'm sure
you'll enjoy it:
Pontiac Fiero NHTSA Frontal Crash Test
This is one of the original crash test videos for the Pontiac Fiero. In
this video, dummies were restrained with the factory seatbelts.
"Fieros are deathtraps!" Not hardly......
Many people think that the Pontiac Fiero is an unsafe vehicle due to its
small size. It turns out that the Fiero was the safest vehicle ever tested
by the NHTSA without airbags. It was the second safest vehicle on the road
in 1985, second to the Volvo DL Wagon. The DL had airbags. Even by today's
standards, the Fiero still rivals many newer vehicles on the road today.
The methods of testing are exactly the same in 2010 as they were back in
1979 when NHTSA began testing cars. Cars are tested by impacting a solid
barrier at 35 MPH.
The Fiero received a 5 star crash rating for both driver and passenger. A
5-star rating means a 10% or lower chance of serious injury. So 5-star
means the same now as it meant 25 years ago.
Here are a few comparisons:
1984 Pontiac Fiero
Head Injury Criterion: 356.5/308.6
Chest Deceleration (G): 30.9/29.9
Femur Load 840/800 800/740
2003 Cadillac Deville
Head Injury Criterion: 826/507
Chest Deceleration (G): 75/58
Femur Load: 825/1297 875/848
2007 Buick Lacrosse
Head Injury Criterion: 374/259
Chest Deceleration (G): 43/42
Femur Load: 1099/1112 909/405
2009 Ford Focus
Head Injury Criterion: 521/389
Chest Deceleration (G): 40/40
Femur Load: 1133/1652 1138/968
As you can see, the 1980s Pontiac is still one of the safer cars on the
road today. The Fiero is as good as or better than many of today's vehicles
that have airbags.
The Fiero is also very stable. The Fiero received a Static Stability
Factor, or Rollover Resistance rating, of 1.47. This equates to a 5-star
Even if you are unfortunate enough to get into a rollover accident, the
Fiero excels in safety once again with its incredibly strong roof
structure. According to the NHTSA, the Fiero was tested by inverted drop
and roof crush testing. In the inverted drop test, the Fiero, along with
cars like the Ford F150 and Plymouth Laser were turned over and dropped on
their roofs. The Fiero scored best with 8.3 cm crush on the a-pillar and
3.8 cm on the B-pillar. The Ford F-150 had the worst rating with 42.5cm
crush on a-pillar and 40.6cm on the B-pillar. The Plymouth Laser actually
had a slightly better rating than Fiero for B pillar with 3.2cm crush.
In another publication, NHTSA tested cars roofs by crushing them with a
steel plate and hydraulic ram. In the example given, the Chevrolet S10 had
the worst rating with 5320 lbs roof strength, while the Fiero has the
highest rating with 9909 lbs of roof strength. This equates to 3.53 roof
strength to weight ratio, complying with even the most recent roof strength
requirement of 3.00:1 strength ratio. It is kind of funny how the Pontiac
Fiero is still meeting many of the most modern crash test requirements
without even frontal airbags.....
Now for Death rate. Death rate is a number given to cars to reflect the
likelihood of death in any particular vehicle. The Fiero, along with Camaros and Firebirds,
happen to have a very high death rate. A high death rate doesn't mean the
car is unsafe, it just means that this type of car is going to be driven faster and more recklessly,
increasing the chance of an accident, which in turn, increases the chance
of serious injury or death. If you hit a concrete wall at 80MPH with no
seatbelts on, I don't care what car you are in, you will be killed. The
human body just simply cannot take that kind of G load and people need to
stop driving like idiots. Please comment. I would like to see your reaction
to this and hear some of your crash stories. Please drive responsibly.
Video courtesy of NHTSA, NCAP and Calspan Crash Testing Center.
Other vehicle data from http://www.safercar.gov
Fiero crash test data from
Fiero frontal crush data from
Fiero Static Stability Factor data from
Fiero Death rate data from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809004.PDF
Fiero Roof Crush data from
Mike Ragonese Deserter GS 270hp Mid-Engine Street Buggy before body installed.
NOTE: Expand/drop down this text for links with answers to your questions.
This video is of the first time running my mid-engine Deserter street buggy
with Pat Downs 270hp turbo motor, before
the body got installed. Also check out my other videos of the completed
car. Go to this web page ( http://www.ragonesekitchenandbath.com/deserter
) for details and pictures of the entire build. Also go to my Shutterfly
page at http://www.mikeragonese.shutterfly.com/thedeserter for all the
photos taken during the build and after.
$2009 AWD Hybrid Fiero - How it works
This is a run through what it takes to drive the AWD hybrid Fiero and how
to drive it in different modes. I built this car for the Grassroots
Motorsports $2009 challenge, with a total investment of about $1800.
Here's a link to the build thread:
Bobby & Alex's Custom Fiero Widebody 3800 SC II
Bobby & Alex's custom Fiero Widebody 3800 SC II in Florida gulf coast.
Engine has ZZ Performance tuning. Gets 20/16 miles p/gallon when driving
normal. They have not Dyno it. Won best Fiero custom
in the Daytona 2006 show. Build thread: http://tinyurl.com/2d8xw3