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Green Motorsport US: Tom Cruise and Jay Leno drool over electric Lexus
Posted by on 2002-08-13 12:16:04
contributed by gfoat

It has just been discovered that the Lexus 2054 Cast Vehicle of the Future in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report is a real fully functioning electric vehicle! The custom car was created by conceptual artist Harald Belker, whose film design credits also include "Batman & Robin", "Inspector Gadget", and "Armageddon." Spielberg, Belker, Calty (Toyota/Lexus design studio) and a team of futurists met early in the development process to speculate on what the future of automotive travel might hold, with Lexus ultimately providing styling, luxury and performance cues for the car's design. The car was constructed by CTEK, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based technology design and development firm. Read more to see Pics and read all about the Conspiracy of Near-Silence that surrounds this amazing electric car!

One would assume that this quality EV prototype would certainly create some kind of media interest and may certainly help push the electric car market in the right direction considering that our planet depends on us doing something positive for the environment ASAP. One only has to look at the latest BBC news and put 2 and 2 together concerning pollution, climate change and green house gases etc, to understand that our future can only be green, however the June 2002 issue of FHM magazine has the headline GASOLINE on page 150, and then dumps on the car for being "completely fake" and "just" an EV, but it does reveal in the text that the concept car can actually hit 90 mph and reach 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds with its 500 Kw motor. Not bad for a completely fake car! The official press release can be found at www.electrifyingtimes.com The only problem with the press release is that there is not a hint of the EV specs unveiled! WHY?

Tom Cruise Midway through his recent appearance on the Tonight Show (June 25,2002) to promote the film "Minority Report" , was led outside by Jay to the NBC studio parking-lot where the stunning all-electric Lexus sports' car was parked up....(the last EV to be given this treatment was Jay's Corbin Sparrow! Sadly, though, we didn't have to wait long to detect that all-too-familiar "Conspiracy of Near-Silence" happening around the fact that the car is...electric. Consider the following: Jay's question "It's electric, right?" Cruise mumbled "Yeah" almost inaudibly and quickly changed the subject...WHY? This is after all the most radical, innovative aspect of the car's design (not to mention its 0-60 in 4,5 secs and 90 mph top...) To see what else was said and other indicators of Conspiracy follow this link.....

Just recently (July 10th 2002) - Electrifying Times has discovered thanks to Jim Carlucci at EVUK who endeavoured to check out this terrific EV Lexus 2054 online. Reading the July Pleiades-Enterprises Newsletter it reported that the car had a 500 kW midship-mounted motor with lithium-ion solid polymer batteries. The patented propulsion technology for this working EV is attributable to Chaz Haba and Bob Anderson from Nu Pow'r LLC. Haba, founder and sole owner of Nu Pow'r provides the 36-volt lithium battery for Lee Iacocca's folding electric bicycle, called the "e-bike. Steve Sanderson, owner of Sanderson Sales & Marketing at 6401 W. Park Blvd. in Plano, California and Lee Eastman, owner of Eastman Energy Group in Vista, also in California, are scouting locations for Nu Pow'r stores, which the company calls Power Stations. Nu Pow'r makes its golf cart at a Las Vegas plant owned by Shelby American, maker of the Shelby Series 1 and Shelby Cobra high-performance sports cars. Haba replaced the combination of traditional lead batteries weighing about 380 pounds in a typical golf cart with a more efficient, 72-pound lithium battery system. For more information call Dave Cutter, editor of Pleiades-Enterprises NuPowr News .

Specifications

  • Engine: Smart recharging electric engine
  • Kilowatts: 500
  • Wheelbase: 106 in.
  • Length: 146 in.
  • Width: 82 in.
  • Curb Weight: 2300 lbs.
  • Chassis: Carbon Fiber & Titanium
  • Composite Monocoque
  • Suspension: Titanium Composite, Fully-Independent Double-Wishbone with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Speed-Sensitive Automatic Height Control (AHC)
  • Brakes: Computer-Controlled, Servo/Electronic, Ceramic Hybrid Discs, and Regenerative Electric System to charge all Systems.
  • Wheels and Tires: 6-Spoke, Titanium Alloy, C-TEK Wheels, 22x9.5-inch with 285/30R22, High-Speed Run-Flat Tires

    Yes - rest assured - unlike the plot of this Sci-Fi film - the electric Lexus is Science Fact now - Not 2054. Forget 'futuristic' - this is future now technology!! I wonder how long it will take for some bright spark to integrate a fuel cell in this electric car? Could we see this type of thing on a racetrack Green motorsport?

    I wonder what the UK Battery Vehicle Society will think of this?

    FutureEnergies wishes to thank Electrifying Times, EVUK, Filmcore & Dave Cutter for Motion Captures, pictures and information.

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