“If people want to see some fast electric cars beating up on all the high-performance street- and gasoline-vehicles, this is the place to do it,” Willmon said earlier today.
The exploits of Willmon, Wayland and Dubé, featured in a Design News cover story in June, are amazing, even to engineers familiar with electric vehicles. They’ve repeatedly achieved extraordinary quarter-mile times by “slamming” as much as 2,000 A of electrical current into the dc motors that power their cars. Over the past few years, they’ve beaten gasoline-powered Dodge Vipers, Corvettes and Audis.
For electric car fanatics, this weekend’s event will also feature six electric Tesla Roadsters, including a rare Roadster S-Series vehicle, which produces about 40 HP more than conventional Tesla Roadsters (the S-Series is not to be confused with Tesla’s Model S vehicle, due out in 2011). The Tesla vehicles are scheduled to race on the Portland track.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.