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Teapot Trixie — Velocity Racer

Robert Isaac, self-confessed über-nerd and monitor racer, introduced his modified Mannequin 3 Efficiency to our electrical car occasion in Bundaberg a few weeks in the past and advised me his fascinating story. He has allowed me to share it with the readership of CleanTechnica. Get pleasure from.

Teapot Racer

Modified for the monitor, teapot racer. Picture by Majella Waterworth.

By Robert Isaac

I’ve been a automobile fanatic since first doing an engine and gearbox swap in a Mitsubishi Sigma greater than twenty years in the past. I’ve been all for motorsport for greater than twenty years too. I ended up turbocharging the Sigma and placing in rally suspension and upgraded brakes.

About fifteen years in the past, I made a decision a petroleum automobile was too inefficient for simply getting me round, so I moved to a small motorbike and offered the automobile. I ended up going by means of a number of bikes however by no means misplaced the thrill in modification, and in efficiency using. I didn’t take part in motorsport on the bikes, but it surely was all the time on my thoughts. I ended up getting round on an electrical motorbike throughout the pandemic interval and even upgraded to a Braaap MotoE after some time.

I used the twelve years on motorbikes to place away some cash to go absolutely electrical. First I received photo voltaic, then an electrical mower and whipper snipper, then the electrical motorbike. In 2021, I purchased a Tesla Mannequin 3 SR+ and modified it for mild efficiency driving. I went to a couple motorkhana and skid pan days with Skid Management and beloved how properly the automobile carried out, whereas nonetheless retaining excellent avenue manners and outrageously low operating value. Then I purchased a second set of wheels and an enormous brake package and took it to Queensland Raceway to go across the monitor (the one with corners; not drag racing) for a dash day. I used to be hooked and loved the part-Tesla, part-BMW driving really feel of the automobile post-modification. It was aggressive with a naturally-aspirated Nissan 350Z and had constant efficiency by means of the highest 80% of the battery.

Then, early this 12 months, I received a proposal too good to refuse on a poorly-treated Tesla Mannequin 3 Efficiency. The inside smelled a bit, the paint was not often washed and filled with stone chips, the tyres had clearly been abused with insufficient strain, and the undertrays had been filled with rocks, leaves, and grime. However I took it for a take a look at drive and the suspension, brakes, and steering all behaved completely. It will be an ideal base for modification, so I offered the Mannequin 3 SR+ to purchase the Mannequin 3 Efficiency.

Principally not one of the components from the Mannequin 3 SR+ had been instantly transferable to the Mannequin 3 Efficiency, so I began making an inventory of what components I needed so as to construct my excellent track-capable avenue automobile. The objective was full confidence and functionality on the monitor with massive sticky tyres, and a agency however refined (à la Porsche) experience on the road. I had slim 18″ wheels made to clear the Mannequin 3 Efficiency brakes however to let me run comfy and environment friendly avenue tyres, whereas a second set of extensive 19″ wheels would give me entry to the easy-to-find 275/35R19 tyre measurement for the monitor.

Teapot Racer

Sticky tyres for the teapot racer. Picture by Majella Waterworth.

The components listing is fairly strong. Not a lot of the manufacturing facility suspension stays manufacturing facility in any respect. For brakes, solely the calipers are manufacturing facility when arrange for the monitor.

Components from Mountain Go Efficiency:

  • MPP Sports activities coilovers
  • MPP SuperSports springs (increased spring price)
  • MPP Entrance Higher Management Arms for fast and straightforward camber adjustment
  • MPP Entrance Decrease Management Arm spherical bearing to tighten steering dramatically
  • MPP Entrance Radius Arm spherical bearing to maintain it steady below arduous braking at excessive pace
  • MPP Rear Traction, Trailing, Camber, Toe and Spring arms for tight rear finish and weight saving
  • MPP Web page Mill directional entrance and rear brake rotors
  • MPP brake traces and Pagid racing brake pads
  • MPP light-weight lithium 12V battery
  • MPP Partybox and Cooling Get together controller for customising cooling, traction management, stability management and e-Diff


  • Tevo brake grasp cylinder brace
  • Whiteline entrance and rear adjustable swaybars
  • Unplugged Efficiency rear lip spoiler with gurney flap for rear downforce (to cancel the inherent carry above ~160km/h)

Wheels and tyres:

  • Avenue — 18″x8″ customized cast wheels with 235/45R18 Michelin Primacy 4+ (would most likely be e.Primacy in the event that they’d been accessible)
  • Observe — 19″x10″ customized cast wheels with 275/35R19 Nankang CR-S

When I’ve a monitor day, it takes me about an hour to alter all 4 wheels, alter all 4 dampers, and improve the entrance camber to three.6 levels and rear to 2.6 levels (with right alignment). The next morning, it takes the identical hour to return the entire automobile to avenue wheels and avenue alignment. I get to have my cake and eat it too; no tyre put on or financial system points for avenue use, no noisy exhaust, laggy turbo, or stiff clutch pedal. My accomplice and my mom are fairly comfy driving the automobile in “chill” mode. It’s a modified sports activities automobile with out compromise.

Behind simply having fun with motorsport, my massive motivation in taking the automobile to the monitor (and leaving the racing numbers on full time) is to immediate folks to come back and speak to me in regards to the automobile. There are limitless articles spruiking the environmental credentials of electrifying transport. The sports-ish EVs are concentrating on the posh efficiency market. I needed to be an early instance of driving a Tesla competitively on the monitor, and displaying those who EVs will not be the demise of motorsport or of modifying autos, and that they’re fantastic to dwell with even modified.

All in all, I’ve had a surprisingly constructive response. For individuals who haven’t seen it on the monitor earlier than, I get a mixture of curious and uncertain seems to be. However after the primary session, the automobile will get pretty common respect for its efficiency. Not everyone seems to be satisfied that sports activities vehicles needs to be quiet, however each outing I get one or two folks asking extra questions than curiosity alone would clarify.

Teapot racer

Error 418 I’m a teapot. Picture by Majella Waterworth

Oh, and the teapot factor is a call-out to my fellow über-nerd. My everlasting racing quantity is 418. The automobile is known as “Teapot Trixie” giving reference to each HTTP standing code 418 and a personality from Velocity Racer — Trixie. Only a few folks have ever seen the HTTP standing code 418 not to mention learn into its historical past, but it surely’s an attention-grabbing little piece of Web historical past. It’s an error code that belongs to the Hypertext Espresso Pot Management Protocol (HTCPCP). That first hyperlink tells the story in short, and this second one is the Wikipedia article for extra correct timeline and referencing.

Let’s cheer on Rob and his teapot racer in his quest to indicate that sports activities vehicles don’t must be quiet and EVs might be pace racers.


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