Aptera at the races !

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  • Aptera at the races !

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    February 15, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Here is aptera at the races. What is the rear engine vehicle next to it?

    https://youtu.be/e1b5xvKEOVM

  • Scott Price

    Member
    February 15, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    It’s an Audi R8. That’s very good company to be doing so well in comparison. 😉

  • Thomas Bushaw

    Member
    February 15, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    From Facebook posts (e.g., here), it appears the contestants are (from front to back), Aptera Noir, Tesla 3, Aptera Beta, and an Audi R8. Here’s the photo finish (from the video)… Beta beats out the Audi by a nose!

    Peter Jorgensen says the Tesla Model 3 is a RWD and the Audi is an R8 GT Spyder (with a 3.6 second 0-60 and an 11 second quarter mile).

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 3 weeks ago by  Thomas Bushaw.
    • Oz (It’s Oz, just Oz)

      Member
      February 15, 2022 at 5:16 pm

      Depends on the R8’s particular engine variation, 8 cylinder or 10.

      • Peter Jorgensen

        Member
        February 17, 2022 at 2:46 pm

        It’s a 2011 GT Spyder 5.2L V10.

  • V Pilot

    Member
    February 15, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    I think it’s the Noir trimotor instead of the Luna

    • Thomas Bushaw

      Member
      February 15, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      Fixed. Thanks.

  • Paul Kirchner

    Member
    February 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Did it look like the beta got a bit squirrely there at the end near the “finish” line?

    • Steven G. Bueche

      Member
      February 16, 2022 at 4:59 am

      Well at :39 seconds you can see the rear wheel is completely off the ground. I noticed that last night while viewing it in bed. I wonder if that’s an issue with the light rear end or the suspension?

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    February 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Of course the aptera beta does not have any glass in it making it have even less wind resistance. Air can pass through it.

    • Scott Price

      Member
      February 15, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      I’m fairly confident that the current test beta is actually less aerodynamic than final form. There’s the barn door flat box in front, all of the air turbulence caused going through the cockpit and roll cage, air directly hitting the driver and seats, no wheel pants over the tires, etc. I believe it only gets even better from here! 🙂 It might weigh less than final given the lack of glass / doors / body panels, though it does have the extra roll cage and perhaps test instrumentation added in it.

      • Curtis Cibinel

        Member
        February 15, 2022 at 8:44 pm

        If the dual lane change (moose test) was done to spec the vehicle was loaded down (likely with sandbags) to match loaded weight. They might have removed them for this but no point in the test of they wanted to ensure the suspension was ready.

      • Pistonboy Delux

        Member
        February 18, 2022 at 3:01 am

        You have an interesting point. I was thinking the absence of the glass would result in less air resistance, but it probably causes more resistance.

        Air resistance is not always intuitive. Pick up trucks are said to have less air resistance by having the tailgate up instead of down.

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    February 15, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    I am confident the Tesla belonged to Chris.

    But who brought the Audi R8? Steve? That sly-ol-guy !

  • Thomas Bushaw

    Member
    February 17, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Autoevolution just posted a short article on this drag race earlier this morning. Not too much new, but nice to see the publicity.

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by  Thomas Bushaw. Reason: Added links
    • Riley ________________________________

      Member
      February 18, 2022 at 3:36 am

      If aptera does a special performance model that blows everything else away they could get a huge amount of publicity. Could be a really expensive optional add on that’s only done in limited quantities.

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    February 18, 2022 at 2:50 am

    According to Google Maps, the distance of the race is 1/8th mile.

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    February 19, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    As pointed out by Thomas Bushaw, other automotive publications have published articles about this race. I suspect more articles will be published.

    There may be a surge of reservations coming.

  • Vernon Michael Gardner

    Member
    February 20, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    I thinking of a aptera roadster with active aerodynamics on the tail and front suspension frames that would keep the vehicle on the ground under hard braking and giving you more downforce for hard turning. Maybe aptera roadster GT3? Boy, does that sound like fun!!!

  • Pistonboy Delux

    Member
    February 23, 2022 at 1:23 am

    This is a good thread to repeat what I have said earlier in another thread.

    I hope Aptera Motors designs the front suspension such that owners can install diagonal coil-over shocks. They look very good and Aptera is a very rear vehicle where they will be exposed and can be visually admired. Just so nothing is in the way of where the shocks would be placed and there is sufficient metal in the appropriate places for mounting holes to be drilled.

    This is may be the first time that the same vehicle is loved by both environmentalists and hot-roders alike.

    There would be a lot of free advertising in both worlds.

    I hope Aptera management is reading this.

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