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Craft-Bamboo Reveals Washing Machine Motor-Powered Car

Craft-Bamboo Racing develops formula car powered by a washing machine motor…

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Craft-Bamboo Racing has developed an electric formula car powered by a washing machine motor in partnership with Haier Washing Machine.

The Hong Kong-based racing team plans to use the car in engineering challenges to demonstrate the power and control of the Haier Direct Drive washing machine motor.

Haier, a Chinese household appliance manufacturer, uses a 28-36 electromagnetic direct drive motor in its washing machines, and the same unit is used to power the car, named Formula Haier.

A single motor develops 660 W of power and 45 Nm of torque.

“Craft-Bamboo Racing is a team that strives to challenge ourselves on the race track, but also off the track,” said team director Darryl O’Young.

“When Haier came to us with the challenge of building a washing machine powered formula car, it sounded like an impossible task, but we remained open minded and took the challenge head on.

“What surprised us the most was the power that the Haier direct drive washing machine motor delivered. We took this motor onto a dyno and we quickly realised this could be done.

“The engineers really delivered on the project to turn this dream into reality, and with several phases of this project planned, we look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake



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    June 25, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Well that’ll silence those EV haters on YouTube….

    But anyway it is still cool. Hopefully they could do a junior formula series with it.

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      June 26, 2019 at 11:08 am

      It’s a joke ….
      Did you see the size of the battery?
      And 660W it’s half as powerful as a Peugeot 108 starter. (108 engine is 53,000W)
      Season E Formula E had 200,000W engines.
      Apart from leaving the garage I can not see what else she can do.

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        kory t

        June 26, 2019 at 5:07 pm

        it’s more torque than a Ninja 500 and the car was built to be super light with no crash requirements or anything so might surprise you

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          June 27, 2019 at 12:31 am

          And it’s less torque than an electric bike engine, which they are more compact … (70Nm for Shimano) Torque without power is useless … unless the pilot pedal in the cockpit ?
          It is so lightly built that it does not have battery …
          A starter also has torque, that’s not why we can use it as the main engine.

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    June 26, 2019 at 11:18 am

    “A single motor develops 660 W of power and 45 Nm of torque.”

    That can’t be right – surely?

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