Bo the Clowns Comedy Cars.
Bo’s Comedy Car is Transforming!( been watching too many movies!)
In this modern world one has to be up to date, when unleaded Petrol came in, Fhut 1 changed to unleaded
But This year we went all electric, out went the Jeremy Clarkson Gas Guzzler and in went eco friendly Electric power from the sun no less, Solar Cells on the trailer roof charge the car on the way to the booking!
How did I do it? With a little help from my friends.
Last year, I visited the Makers' Faire in Newcastle upon Tyne and met Malcolm Berry of www.weirdmotors.com
who was converting a fiberglass BMC Mini to electric. As Fhut 1 my car started out life as a 1969 BMC Mini This was it: I could feel the change coming on, a chain drive differential on EBay was the start followed by emails to Jedi racing , who had built electric racing cars in the 70’s. The motor came from an electric Motor bike Malcolm was dismantling
and the controller from a Grass cutting machine destroyed when a tree fell on it! They say every act of creation starts with destruction.
Whilst at it
I was still not happy about an earlier trick using Hydraulics to shoot my drivers seat into the air, so I opted for pneumatics instead, so out came the heavy Pump and in went the lightweight air Pump and 24 litre air receiver.
You would think that would be enough, I had lost over 5cwt, in weight from the car. Mini engines and Gearboxes are very heavy, but now the car was totally silent! All that Macho revving was out, (Jeremy Clarkson would hate it). Lotus and Nissan have a problem with their electric cars, they keep scaring Pedestrians by creeping up on them!
So what should my new eco clown car sound like- well ,why stop with one sound, why not eight or even more? Sound sampling was the answer. Jim Frieze, one half of www.Sonodrome.co.uk
came up with the solution: an Arduino based sampler with Sd cards to hold the sounds. Works a treat.
Sounds so far include:
Motorbike revving, Baby Crying, Loo flushing, Dog Barking, and Door bell, I did get a little carried away.
At this point a big thankyou to all the above and those not mentioned for helping me with feedback and often invaluable information in Transforming Fhut1
Is it finished? well sort of/ not really I like things to evolve so watch this space All of the above now work and most of it is finished but Fhut 1 is an ongoing experiment.One next step is to complete the voltaics on the roof of the trailer to charge the car on the way to the booking!
It's been great fun building it. I hope you have as much fun watching it with either Bo the Clown or Professor Screwtop in the driving seat! Later this year I will be joined by my Son Charlie and his partner Haylee Mai