Saturday, July 17, 2010

Street Racing

So I was driving down the road the other day in my all electric Mercury Milan when a Tesla Roadster pulled up next to me. Feeling a little confident about my car, I challenged the Roadster to a race. Within 4 seconds, I was already at 180 kph! I blew that sorry Tesla out of the water!

Here's proof:

That's right, I did it with no fuel. Or battery charge. And I left the parking brake on. And my car was telling me to pull over. It's because I was being too awesome.

What? You think I'm lying? Okay! Okay! You caught me.

The slightly more interesting story is that I have started to integrate the CompactRIO, which I mentioned in my last post, into the car. As a test to see if it was working, I decided to control the car's speedometer and satisfy my need for speed at the same time. The next step is to try to convince the car that everything is okay. I hope to get this done by the end of next week so that the car will be ready for inspection and license plates following soon after.

Things are really starting to come together and I hope that you check back regularly for new posts about our work on electric vehicles.


  1. So wait, did you actually go 110 mph, or was this an instrument-only test?

  2. Haha, I should have made it more clear. It was an instrument only test.