Bluebird to officially unveil two new EVs

The world exclusive unveiling of two new electric Bluebird vehicles will take place at this year's Sustainable MotoExpo event, happening at the National Motor Museum, in Beaulieu.

The Sustainable MotoExpo event promises to be one of the largest and most varied eco-friendly motoring events in the country, and will take place on 28 September 2013.

The Bluebird name is famous for recently securing a record land speed record, a tradition continued by Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald Campbell.

At the Sustainable MotoExpo, Wales 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 and acceleration to match a Porsche, the Bluebird 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.

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 403.10 mph on 17 July 1964.

Wales will also participate in a land speed debate on Saturday 28th September at 4.00pm, entitled: Discover the quest for speed and man's desire to be the fastest person on land.

Organised by Eco-Motorsport Ltd, the two-day event at the National Motor Museum will feature a 600m circuit with live electric vehicle (EV) demonstrations. There will be displays of the latest electric and hybrid cycles, cars and motorbikes and an exhibition of companies foremost in the sustainable vehicle industry. In addition, there will be a full programme of seminars and debates about all aspects of e-motor sport and of the development of low carbon and EVs as city transport.

For more information about the event and to find out about getting tickets, visit the Sustainable MotoExpo website.

John Ironmonger

Author:John Ironmonger
Date Updated:9th Jul 2013

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