Thursday, August 6, 2009

Raptor Extraction!

Today, we finally had to say goodbye to our "loaner" Raptor from Peter Senkowsky. Several EV10 students (Arik, Adam, Marissa and Josh), an EV9 (Rob) and Jeffcoat showed up to help with the extraction. It took an hour and a few small jolts to Adam's leg before the controller finally bid farewell to the MR2. I spoke to Peter today and he informed me that there was a slight delay in rebuilding our controller due to a few design changes. He should be sending ours out within 10 days. Meanwhile, the MR2 is resting on the lift awaiting the heart transplant. I will keep you informed.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Controller exchange time

Back in May, we had an unfortunate controller meltdown just days before our final event in Raleigh. Bad news for sure, but even worse, the Raptor controller has been out of production for nearly 5 years. Fortunately, I contacted Peter Senkowski in Ca. and he agreed to send us a Raptor "loaner" overnight and he would rebuild our damaged controller. He has finished our Raptor and completed a 200 mile burn-in so it is time to send the loaner back. This Thursday, we will remove and ship out the controller and await the return of old smokey. Hopefully we will not have a repeat performance requiring the fire extinguisher!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Presentation at Wilmington Men's Club

The Mr2 conversion was presented at the Wilmington Men's Club on Friday morning at the YMCA in Wilmington. Five EV10 members were there, Adam. Arik, Ashley, Brady and Josh. They fielded questions during and after the presentation and showed the MR2 outside to a very enthusiastic and supportive group of about 100 elderly men. We were impressed by their energy and enthusiasm plus their insightful questions. We were introduced by an old friend in Bouty Baldridge who showed his Lithium powered Geo Metro.