Bluebird Land Speed Record Supported by the Ford Ranger
We will remind you that Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald Campbell will try to beat the one mile UK electric vehicle land speed record in 2012 using the Bluebird.
The vehicle is powered by two belt-driven 200kW brushless permanent magnet motors, which offer around 1100 Nm of torque to the rear wheels, using electricity from a 300 nickel-cadmium vented cell battery pack. We are talking about a vehicle that tips the scales at 1.060 kg and has an impressive drag coefficient of 0.15.
The supple electric beast will be assisted by a Ranger Thunder with a double cab and a 2.5-liter TDCi diesel engine that produces 143 hp, with Ford using the move as part of its electric vehicle strategy in Europe, which will see the company release 5 full-electric and hybrid cars on the Old Continent by 2013.
"The Ford Ranger perfectly met our requirements and the historic link between Ford and Sir Malcolm made the choice an obvious one. As well as Sir Malcolm's one-time directorship at Ford of Britain, the Bluebird and Ford of Britain centenary created a natural synergy between the two brands and reason to mark this special year," Martin Rees, Bluebird project manager, said.