The g8055 sevcon will be the controller for my next race.http://www.sevcon.com/PDFs/G80%20Datash ... 01109B.pdf
I'm going to be running a pair of the CA-120 RC plane motors locked mechanically in sync, and wired in series.
Should be good for ~>20bhp, and perhaps 35bhp burst.
This is how EV's grow and develop.
The last possible thing we need to be doing is discouraging people from trying to push the limits and develop at a stage so early in the infancy of EV motorsports.
I think the example of the Porsche 917 is perfect
. Wrecked Can-Am racing? Yup. But what did that development do for all cars world wide? Better aerodynamics and fuel economy trickled into all cars, better brake technology trickled into all cars, and engine development improved in all Porsche engines (and all the other companies reverse-engineering the port design etc).
Only a tiny handful of people ever drove a 917, and there was no need
on earth for a car like the 917, yet, everyone of us who has ever been in a modern car has benefited in various ways from the developmental building-blocks and innovation the Porsche 917 program created that was incorporated into all later vehicle designs. Your mother-in-law's minivan may have a couple MPG worse fuel economy from delayed automotive aerodynamic testing research had the 917 not been created, etc etc.
Even safety, like brake pad materials and fluids that help keep your family safer in braking situations trickled down from somebody trying to 'cheat' a competitive edge in some form of racing. Engine in your honda gets 100,000-200,000miles with no maintenance not because it made sense for the mfg to try to make a commuter car engine that robust, but because the racing efforts that needed to survive 300miles of extreme racing operation naturally left you with an engine that lasts hundreds of thousands of miles of normal driving (as an example, the type-R rod bearing shell/alloy design.) They had to innovate to be capable of finishing an endurance race. It turned out, when they put that technology into the street car engines, it essentially just eliminated that whole failure mode for Honda street cars. Your grandma is less-likely to be stranded on a drive cross-country due to some crazy bastard wanting to thrash every last ounce from a road-racing CRX 20 years ago.
Pushing extremes is nearly the ONLY way big development happens. The reasonable, logical, responsible approaches make tiny incremental steps. The big stuff comes from the nutters.