Here we have our Tesla S85 [EV] drive unit on our dyno for the first time. This was the first test of the drive unit, thanks to some very clever folks at Avantics for helping us get this thing going!
We were doing the initial testing with only one Chevy Volt [pih] battery which was not fully charged. We can't wait to see what it will do with two batteries and significantly more current flow.
A Motec M150 is being used for complete vehicle control and communication, the custom firmware allowing for some very, very neat control strategies, data logging and race functions as you would expect from motec ...
Aftermarket / Tuning
The 'Blue Lightning' Evora puts out 440 horsepower at the wheels.
Sasha Anis from OnPointDyno has just sent our colleagues from InsideEVs the latest update on the so-called Blue Lightning project, complete with a video and new gallery of photos giving us a good look at how things are progressing.
If you are unfamiliar with this work, a team of enthusiasts is creating a one-off Lotus Evora-based electric sports vehicle, powered by a Tesla electric motor and Chevrolet Volt batteries. The electric motor was picked up at a salvage yard, from a wrecked Model S from the 85 series, putting out about 360 stock horsepower. Two batteries complete the package, each about 16 kWh for a total of 32 kWh of battery capacity.
After earlier drivetrain tests on the dyno alone (see the video below), the car is now equipped with both the Tesla powertrain and Chevrolet Volt batteries – and is ready to hit the dyno stand. The first launch shows great sound, and we are eager to see the performance on the track. According to the new video, the Blue Lightning put out 440 wheel horsepower, with some potential to improve.