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Pace vehicle for Bicycle Criterium?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by zerompg, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. zerompg

    zerompg Member

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    I have been asked to drive my MS as the "pace car" or lead vehicle for the 1st lap of each race for a bicycle criterium in in August. The event would be on the streets of downtown Bloomington (Illinois). Eight heats 10 - 15 miles, about 20 minutes each and very fast.

    Any thoughts, good or bad?


    Bloomington Jaycee Criterium
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    2013 is the year that criterium racing comes back to Bloomington, IL. Saturday Aug 24th the Bloomington Jaycee Criterium will bring a high energy racing atmosphere for families and spectators of all ages to the streets of downtown Bloomington. The race will consist of eight high-speed pro bike races and two free races for kids. With the help of the local biking community and our amazing sponsors, the BN Jaycees hope to reinvigorate Bloomington's racing spirit.
     
  2. Jonathan Hewitt

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    Wow! That sounds like quite the opportunity. That would be quite the way to evangelize for EVs, not to mention the fun! I don't know anything about being a pace car drive but I bet you could use the rear view camera to keep an eye on the cyclists behind you!
     
  3. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Sounds like a great idea to me. Might want to get some practice doing sharp turns at 30 mph though. Criterium riders are quite fast.
     
  4. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Just to be on the safe side, do a range charge before you start.....
     
  5. ratsbew

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    I'm a bike racer and a Tesla fan. I was daydreaming today about this very scenario. The race I did this past weekend (Tulsa Tough...one of the premiere criteriums in the country) has a VW beetle as the lead vehicle. The car didn't just do the lead lap, but every single lap of the day so probably 200-300 miles. It would be amazing for a Model S to serve this function. Range likely wouldn't be an issue at 25-30mph. Honestly, I think Tesla should sponsor a pro cycling team so they can be the team cars. The longest races are around 180 miles so it would be perfect.
     
  6. Kermit

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    Open the trunk lid and you have a perfect motorpacing vehicle. No exhaust fumes.
     
  7. jiaotong

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    Maybe turn the regen to low/less instead of standard so you don't have brake lights coming on if you want to coast a bit. Sounds fun!
     
  8. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Active Member

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    Makes Lance Armstrong riding behind a Leaf seem a lot less impressive.

    Make sure you know the route! Maybe have a navigator like a rally driver?
     
  9. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    A criterium is generally a short circular route. Because of the sharp turns it's often hard for the car to keep ahead of the racers.
     
  10. ElSupreme

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    If this really is a Crit (Criterium) then I would doubt the big heavy Model S would be able to stay in front of a group if they were racing. If this is a (pseudo) neutral first lap only then you could probably do it.

    Also expect terrible energy consumption. You will be gunning it and hitting the brakes hard often around a short circuit.

    Mostly Crit races are 1/4 to 1 mile in length. They are timed events and the cyclists just do laps until the time is elapsed. Organizers will give an official 5 (or 3) laps to go after they determine the pace of the race, to give a deterministic end to the race.

    Crits are performed on closed circuits and rarely require the use of lead or follow cars. Mechanicals are done at one or more pits, and riders with mechanicals are often given a 'free lap' to fix their bikes.

    I would ask what type of driving you are expected to do for each race. 10 miles seems like a road race, in which case the Model S is almost the ideal vehicle to lead or follow the group. And you should get fairly good energy consumption numbers.
     
  11. ratsbew

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    I've seen plenty of crits that use pace cars for each and every lap, not just the opening lap. These are normally more open courses of about .75 miles to 1 mile. At Hotter 'N Hell last year they used a Ferrari as a pace car.
     
  12. ElSupreme

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    Dang I've never seen a pace car. A few motorcycles.

    But what's the point of a pace car on a Crit circuit?
     
  13. goneskiian

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    Promotion for a sponsor is about the only thing I can think of. I've been racing for 10 + years up in the PNW and it's pretty rare we have a pace car or even a motorcycle in most of our crits. Unless it's a moto official.

    I agree it would be cool to have a Model S as a pace car though!

    Cheers!
     

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