Big thanks to Ben Nelson and Paul Holmes for providing tech support on such short notice. Bill Heckel was invaluable, even though he helped for less than an hour. He always came in at the right time with the right advice.
I took the car for a painfully slow lap and could not figure out why it would not go faster than 19MPH. It had the acceleration, but felt like it was throttling itself. The sky was clear when I got on track, but 47 minutes later and still 4 turns to track exit, it started raining. I don't remember the last time i was so religious.
That night I let a bunch of people drive it and the reoccurring comment was "why did you put a roll cage in a golf cart"?
Yes the car was butt-terrible, but hella-sweet at the same time. Everyone had a smile after driving it. Even DJ, the 1/4 mile racer, who was pissed he couldn't get the tires to smoke had a half smile.
Bill suggested saturday night that i recheck the setting on the controller, and sure enough, we accidentally limited the motor to only 100 amps. After upping it to 380 amps, we sent Frank out sunday morning. I could tell right away that we tripled our hoursepower, put when he came to a stop in the carrousel i knew all that power had a price. Luckily, we didn't kill Frank.
Jeff came down from control to personally tell us we could not go back out. There was too much of a speed difference. Good thing, cause Dana was too scared to go on track, so he got to putz around the paddock.
We got Organizers Choice for bringing a knife to a nuke fight.
I'm already working on a sponsorship deal for some lithium batteries to increase speed and range. The upgrades should even put us in contention for a class win... provided all other class C cars have some mechanical mishap that sets them back an hour or so.
This is only the beginning of the Lemons EV.
Yee-Haw 2010 "Most Heroic Fix" & "I Got Screwed" -2 trophies for 1 lap, but I took checkered on my lap.
Gator-O-Rama 2012 "Organizers Choice" -2 laps 1 trophy, but i still finished ahead of an E30
Yee-Haw 2013 No trophy -26 laps, I think I see a pattern here
Gator-O-Rama 2014 "Waiting for the Last Minute Call from the Governor Award" -who's counting? John