Bluebird to Launch DC50 Electric Sports Car and GTL Formula E Racer
At this year’s Sustainable MotoExpo, Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald Campbell, will launch his Bluebird DC50 electric sports car – a limited edition of just 50 Bluebird electric sports cars built to commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2014 of Donald Campbell’s land and water speed records. With peak power of up to 360bhp, DC50 is a two-door coupe with electrically operated ‘scissor’ doors. It has a range of up to 200 miles, depending on specification, and will be available in one body colour only – Bluebird blue.
The expo will take place on Saturday 28 September 2013, at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Also to be launched simultaneously at the event will be the Bluebird GTL electric race car. The car has been designed to the latest technical regulations for the forthcoming FIA Formula E series and is Bluebird’s ‘vision’ for the all-electric global race series due to start in 2014.
Wales says: “The Campbell family and Bluebird have had a long association with the National Motor Museum Beaulieu. The museum is home to a wonderful historic land speed display celebrating the achievements of Sir Malcolm Campbell and Donald Campbell. It seems only fitting that we will be launching both the Bluebird DC50 electric sportscar and Bluebird GTL electric race car at Beaulieu.”
The National Motor Museum’s collection of record breaking cars currently includes the 350hp Sunbeam Malcolm Campbell bought and renamed Bluebird to break the 150mph barrier in 1925. There is also Major Henry Segrave’s 1,000hp Sunbeam of 1927 and his Golden Arrow of 1929. Pride of place goes to Bluebird, the car in which Donald Campbell set a World Land Speed Record of 403.10mph/648.73kph on 17 July 1964.
Organised by Eco-Motorsport, the two-day Sustainable MotoExpo event will feature a 600m circuit with live electric vehicle (EV) demonstrations. The two days will also include various debates with competing teams from a number of universities, members of the public and high profile industry guests arguing the motion: “This House believes that the electric powerchain lies at the heart of future global motorsport.”
Source: Sustainable MotoExpo