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Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Tue May 08, 2012 4:42 pm

Since 2009, Speed Ventures' REFUEL has opened world-famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to electric cars and motorcycles for a showcase of cutting-edge technology in a motorsports setting. Production vehicles, prototypes, conversions and purpose-built race cars and bikes are provided no-cost sessions on track and invited to participate in the SportElectric Time Trial. Temporary charging power is provided in the paddock and beginner orientation is provided for those who are new driving on a race track.

See http://www.refuelraces.com/index.html

Nadar did this last year and posted some great pictures. This year it's on Sunday, 07/01/2012. Sounds like a great event!
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Re: Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Tue May 08, 2012 7:15 pm

Participated in REFUEL 2011 and can’t recommend it enough. Super location, well organized, safe, and fun (MINI E in upper left corner ahead of red Tesla).

Only regret is that I didn’t prepare better as a driver. Driver meetings before and after each driving session provide a lot of information for the first timer to absorb. Driving on a track is a whole new set of things to pay attention to. If I had to do again, I would know the layout of the track better (a friend that practiced on Gran Turismo was way ahead of me prep wise), or see about getting track time with an instructor before driving in the actual EV sessions. REFUEL organizers had instructors available for consultation/instruction before, during, and after each session. A little prep will help you relax and enjoy the experience. If you have not previously been on a track before, I can’t recommend it enough.
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Re: Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Tue May 08, 2012 8:42 pm

That seems awesome. I would totally do it if:
1) I could get there in the LEAF
2) I could get home in the LEAF
3) I had a set of track wheels :)
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Re: Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Wed May 09, 2012 12:24 am

I used to dream of doing something like that, but with 250 pounds in the driver's seat and 74 year old reaction times it seems kind of silly now. I think I'll leave it to you young tykes.

Besides, I wonder what kind of stats might get logged for Nissan to discover next year, or when I turn my leased car in a year later :!:

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Re: Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Wed May 09, 2012 8:31 am

EricBayArea wrote:That seems awesome. I would totally do it if:
1) I could get there in the LEAF
2) I could get home in the LEAF
3) I had a set of track wheels :)
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Re: Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:51 pm

I'm bumping this, since the event is this weekend. I'm working hard (from Montana) at getting one or more of the Andromeda Power DC chargers there.

The track does have 480v / 3 phase, in a centrally located paddock. We can put tents up, and I'm waiting to hear back from the electric guy as to how many amps that we can pull.

I will have to leave here early to make this happen, but I am trying.

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Re: Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:49 pm

Please keep us informed. I may come in the LEAF if QC is available, otherwise considering the backup gas car (ick!).

Note, I heard that REFUEL is all booked up now, so it may be too late if you haven't registered and hoped to drive your vehicle on the track.

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Re: Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:13 pm

TEG wrote:Please keep us informed. I may come in the LEAF if QC is available, otherwise considering the backup gas car (ick!).

Note, I heard that REFUEL is all booked up now, so it may be too late if you haven't registered and hoped to drive your vehicle on the track.

My car is confirmed for the track.

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Re: Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:31 pm

TonyWilliams wrote:I'm bumping this, since the event is this weekend. ... I will have to leave here early to make this happen, but I am trying.
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Re: Event - REFUEL at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 07/01/12

Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:54 am

All:

The SF BayLEAFs has been in touch with Nissan and are working to get a mobile DCQC for REFUEL. If you were thinking of attending this event in your LEAF, make your plans. There also might be a Nissan LEAF engineer there with the DCQC. .

We should have this confirmed with more details in the next day or so.
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