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Today is the day the car goes for an electric test drive, the speed controller was wired up to 12 volts instead of the 300 volt packs just to check that all was in order.

Once paul was happy with the parameters given by the speed controller a slow but steady test was carried out by the workshop, I felt like a bit of a spare part in the drivers seat.

Then off to out local horse stud who kindly gave me permission to use there driveway for testing. As the car is still not road legal it was trailered on a flat bed, a bit of a chore really.

Paul and Will at the controls, time to check the parameters at 10, 20, 30 and 40 MPH, these tests were to clarify the current usage using electric power only as the GTP30 engine has still yet to be wired up to the computer and is not currently functional.
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Testing proved to be quite positive, we did take it slow at first, not wanting to blow any electronics up, there was an issue with the drive shaft couplings slipping, this will be easily rectified with the Tig welder.

A close up of the speed controller in action.
A big decision was made today as it was becoming apparent that there was limited space for the control equipment that will be required to run the car. So the soft top option has now been permanently removed to make more space and allow easier access to the speed controller which is going to sit where the soft top used to be when folded. The original engine top cover makes for a good template, the new shelf is being made from 9mm birch plywood. At some point I will buy a removable hard top so it can still be used on damp/ wet days.

The beginnings of the new engine cover, with the recessed sides in place. Because of the gained space in the motor compartment, temperatures become less of an issue, this has been worrying me for sometime, even though it's a shame to loose the soft top it offers a means to an end.
The wood part of the shelf completed, the box's in the foreground are the Phidget's control box and the charger regulator which maintains the 24 and 12 volt batteries in the car, this unit is powered by the alternator on the GTP30.

To stiffen the speed controller shelf, I decided that laminating it with a carbon/ k glass and epoxy laminate would add the most strength whilst looking quite cool, it's a lot better than just painting or varnishing the ply wood.
Finished shelf ready for the mounting of the control box's. It has ended costing quite a lot of money to do as I decided to use my favorite epoxy resin SP115, I used to use this in my windsurfing days, very light, very strong and very expensive.
Before the shelf was mounted in to place, the motor power cables were installed running in to the chassis of the car and out of the top panel (just out of view in this photo), this pretty much completes the work needed in this area of the car.
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