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Tesla roadster does record lap at Spa-Rancorchamps!

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  1. jcstp

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    #1 jcstp, Nov 5, 2011
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    #2 TEG, Nov 5, 2011
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    Nice!
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  3. jory

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    tangential question: when did the UMC change from having a big square box (like the one that came with my 2.0 roadster) to the smaller lump as shown in the photo above?
     
  4. dsm363

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    That's what came with my 2.5 when I got it a year ago so it's been out for at least that long.
     
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    #5 TEG, Nov 5, 2011
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    Wasn't the prior "big square box" just a 24 or 30 amp fixed level device?

    As I recall, the UMC as we know it now arrived soon after RFMCs ceased being made.
    (How many of those got made? Maybe a couple dozen?)

    RFMC was not a Tesla product, but I suppose you could be talking about it when you mention a "big square box" that has similar features to the Tesla UMC.
     
  6. jory

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    this is what i have:

    CIMG0057.jpg CIMG0060.jpg CIMG0058.jpg CIMG0061.jpg
     
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    #7 TEG, Nov 5, 2011
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    Yes, I am fairly sure that original / old box isn't as flexible as the newer UMC (or RFMC for that matter.)
    Your old box got obsoleted by the newer model that can generate different amapacity pilot signals based on the type of plug end put on it.
    (Most options are for North America though.)

    The newer UMC can do 40A as well (more than your 30A box).
     
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    The label says "EURO medium power"...
    I wonder why the "EURO"? It looks like a USA model with the NEMA14-50 end on it.
    Hmm....
     
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    More Hmmm... The store for UMC says "North America Only" yet we see it in use in that European video.

    Then we see a picture of a USA 30A box with a "Euro" name.

    Some of these boxes seem to be ending up on the "wrong side of the pond."
     
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    My 2010 EU Roadster Sport came with the "Big-Box" UMC.

    When it did brake down this spring 2011, it was replaced by the "small" UMC. The newer can support some more Amperes. Both could have been fitted with very different ends.
     
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    I guess they provide the new style UMC for European customers via the EU stores, but the online web store sells only to North America.
    As we saw in other threads, the EU version has slightly different behavior, and different plug ends.

    I wouldn't really call the old big one a "UMC". The "Universal" to me meant it could accept a wide range of plug ends and currents.
    The old box was more of a "one trick pony", and had a different name like "MC240" (just plain old "Mobile Connector", not "UNIVERSAL Mobile Connector"...) In many cases, only one type of plug end was hard wired on the old MC240, whereas the UMC has the intermediate "California Connector" (twist lock) so you can switch plug ends easily.
     
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    They started appearing here about March.

    Now please keep the thread on-topic.
     
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    Nationaal: Xavier Maassen vestigt met Tesla ronderecord op Circuit Zolder (update) - Racingworld.be

    It's a google translation of the article, hope you understand

    Anyhow this means the Tesla Roadster won't stop breaking records!
     
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    Human translation and summary (from the video):
    The driver mentions that "the motor overheats after 3 laps". All the professional drivers interviewed appeared quite optimistic about the possibility of 100% electric racing, once the technology is ready. One guy also said that racing is the best laboratory for new technologies such as hybrid and 100% electric power trains.
    The driver said it was quite interesting to drive along with only the tire noise. At some point they showed an electric race track and joked that some drivers were practicing for future 100% electric races!
    They did mention that it takes "3 hours" to recharge. They also listed the various stats for the car (acceleration, range etc...).
     
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    Bob Lutz was saying in recent interviews that EV racing lacks something when there isn't much noise.
    Race fans need to get used to a less ear piercing competition.

    Also, he said that he didn't think auto makers should support (ICE) so much racing anymore because the competitions are so regulated and controlled that innovation is not happening like it once was (other than trying to make minor innovations around the rules.)

    On the other hand, EVs aren't routinely doing 200+MPH, so an 'unrestricted' EV race series with few rules allowing all motor types, battery types, etc could be a new thing to consider (and I think they are.) Of course the team with biggest budget is likely to win, but sometimes even a more innovative 'little guy' can triumph.
     
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    Too bad we cant get some of those amber turn sigs on this side of the pond...:wink:
     

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