A 1990 VOLVO 240 DL
The era of fossil fuels is finally over.
A CONVERSION IN THREE PHASES;
Phase 1: Remove the non-essentials
This means, essentially, dropping all of the antiquated technology. The engine, the gas tank, gas lines, and exhaust system need to go bye-bye sleepy time. SOOO last century!
Phase 2: Install the EV parts
Several main components; the motor, dc/dc system, inverter, charger controller, chargeport, batteries, BMS, wire loom, bus, and dash system.
A roll cage or roll bar also needs to be installed at this point.
Phase 3: Road Test
This process traditionally takes a minimum of three weeks to ensure that none of the cells are running as 'heaters,' nothing is going to fall off the car during a heat, and more. This is also when we go in to get the vehicle inspected by the appropriate authorities.
"Go forth and wander."
The ultimate goal of this conversion will be as a proof-of-concept to all the nay-sayers, the nonbelievers, the incredulous. To what do we say to the critics? Follow us. Watch us. We will SMOKE you. Wildcats lead the way!
Donated to the Electric Vehicle Club and Wildcat Racing Team in the early part of Winter, 2020, this Volvo will be converted to entirely electric, entered into the National Electric Drag Racing Association Circuit, raced across the Bonneville Flats, and driven up Pike's Peak.
BUT WHAT IS IT CALLED?
We haven't decided yet.
Early on in the year, we held a weeklong naming competition, and students from all over the university submitted suggestions for a name. See the list below for the survey results.
We left the volvo in the Student Union and Recreation Center "East Patio" (where the Wildcat Statue is) for a full week of Winter Quarter. A QR Code was taped to the side of the car, with instructions to send in suggestions to name the car.
drum roll please...
NO SURVEY RESULTS MENTIONING GENDER OR RACE WILL BE CONSIDERED
THE CAR WON'T BE BLUE ANYMORE, EITHER, SO NOTHING WITH BLUE WILL MAKE THE CUT
"Name that Car!" survey results:
- Jay D. Cobb
- Richard Campbell Tottington III
- Blue Thunder
- Quanie quan
- The Wellington Wagon
- The green machine
- Invisible boat mobile
- Eve. Because it stands for Electric Vehicle Education
- Beeatrice (buzz buzz)
- PeePeePooPoo Mobile
- Leaf on the wind
- I don't know what I'm doing
- 2 Earl
- Yung Skoot
- Fat hairy p**** juice
- Running In The 90’s
- Mr. Blue Sky (Electric Light Orchestra)
- The Jetson
- Cary McCarface
- Blue Swede
- Vinny the Volvo
- Grease Lightning
- The Faraday Cage
- Welly’s Little Ricer
NATIONAL ELECTRIC DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION
The National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) exists to increase public awareness of electric vehicle (EV) performance and to encourage through competition, advances in electric vehicle technology. NEDRA achieves this by organizing and sanctioning safe, silent and exciting electric vehicle drag racing events.
NEDRA is a coalition of drag racing fans, electric drag racing vehicle owners and drivers, individuals interested in promoting the sport of EV drag racing, EV parts suppliers, EV manufacturers and other environmentally concerned companies and individuals. Working together as a group, we put excitement into electric vehicle drag racing.
PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB
From the first race, an upset victory by Rea Lentz while driving a homemade car, to Sebastien Loeb’s record smashing run in 2013, the greatest challenge in motorsports for both man and machine, founded in 1916 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Spencer Penrose, has grown into an international event attracting the best drivers and riders from around the world.
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), brought to you by Gran Turismo, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an invitational automobile hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain in Colorado, USA held annually on the last Sunday of June.