Monday, July 8, 2013

Bluebird electric cars to debut at Sustainable MotoExpo

The iconic Bluebird name is being revived with the launch of two new vehicles at the Sustainable MotoExpo which is being held at Beaulieu in September.
The Bluebird name is synonymous with cutting-edge technology and record-breaking, a tradition continued by Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald Campbell, as he officially launches the Bluebird DC50 Sports Car and Bluebird GTL Formula E.
The DC50 electric sports car will be produced as a limited edition of just 50 vehicles, 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 said to 'match a Porsche', the Bluebird DC50 is a two-door coupe with electrically operated 'scissor' doors with a range of up to 200 miles, depending on specification. It will be available in just one body colour - Bluebird blue.
Launching simultaneously at the event will be the Bluebird GTL electric race car. Designed to the latest technical regulations for the forthcoming FIA Formula E series, it 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."
A two-day event, Sustainable MotoExpo 2013 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.
Ticket prices include access into all of the Sustainable MotoExpo talks and seminars running over the weekend, plus entry to the National Motor Museum including the Bond in Motion exhibition, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear.