Thursday, August 11, 2022

HOLY SANDY BEACHES & HAPPINESS,
IT'S THE MEYERS MANX 2.0 EV!

DREAMS COME TRUE AND MIRACLES HAPPEN! Meyers Manx is reinventing the Manx Dune-Buggy! ...and it's a 100% electric BEAST!

Beginning in 2023, with 50 Beta vehicles, the electric Manx 2.0 will hit-the-pavement! I've always liked the Manx Dune-Buggy and have for the last few years been slowly and quietly building a parts collection of things for a Meyers Manx Dune Buggy build. I've been heavily researching and working, with my Electrical Engineer son, towards building an electric Manx. It has been done before, with limited success and sketchy aesthetics, so I've been following previous builds, what Michael Bream has been doing at his EV West company, and closely watching PlayTech's adventures with their Tesla Powered Dune-Buggy.

SO, I was beyond excited when Meyers Manx released information about their new, up-and-coming MEYERS MANX 2.0 EV! THIS THING SERIOUSLY ROCKS. It looks like the original Bruce Meyers created Old-Red Manx, but it's now basically a beach, sand, and road rocket! You won't have any problems getting up-to-speed and merging onto the freeway, here.

The new Manx 2.0 will be 8 inches wider, 12 inches longer, and only about 200 pounds heavier than the original Meyers Manx! My 100% restored '66 Beetle weighs almost the same as the Manx 2.0, at a reported weight of only 1650lbs! This beautiful thing, in it's 40kWh configuration, has a range of 300 miles, and will produce from dual electric motors, 202hp at 240 lb-ft torque!!! ...0-60 in 4.5 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!

Check out the rebooted Meyers Manx 2.0 beach-rocket: https://meyersmanx.com/pages/manx-2-0-ev


Specs for the new Manx 2.0 EV! Bruce Meyer's 1964 Old-Red, and my 1966 & 2008 Beetles for comparison
SEVERAL MEYERS MANX & BEETLE DIMENSIONS
VEHICLE LENGTH WIDTH HEIGHT WHEEL-BASE TRACK FRONT TRACK REAR MOTOR POWER HP TORQUE LB/FT FUEL RANGE MILES WEIGHT LBS
MANX 2.0 - 20 kWh 123.5 70.3 53.3 82.0 ??.? ??.? 20kWh Electric ??? ??? BATTERY LG lithium-ion Pouch
3 packs
150 1500
MANX 2.0 - 40 kWh 123.5 70.3 53.3 82.0 ??.? ??.? 40kWh Electric 202
0-60=4.5 seconds
240 BATTERY LG lithium-ion Pouch
6 packs
300 1650
'64 OLD RED 112.0 62.0 57.0 80.0 51.3 est:51.3 1973 (Type 181) 1600, 96.7cuin, 1.5L 46 @ 4000rpm 72 (98NM) @ 2800rpm Gasoline
12.5 gallons
200-300 1420
1966 Beetle 160.2 60.6 59.1 94.5 51.4 51.2 1300, 1285cc 78.4cuin 1.3L 50 @ 4600rpm 69 (94 NM) @ 2600rpm Gasoline
12.5 gal
200-300 1665
2008 New Beetle 161.1 67.9 59.1 98.8 59.0 59.0 2.5L 5cyl 150 @ 5000rpm 170 @ 3750rpm Gasoline
14.5 gal
290-406 (city/hwy) 3248

Elon Musk and Tesla's Compact...

Haven't made a post in while because there has not been much to be excited about, automotive wise, in the last few years. ...and I've been patiently waiting for Tesla to announce progress on their "Compact" EV.
At the 2018 Tesla annual shareholder meeting, Elon Musk made a brief mention of the possibly of a Compact Tesla, in the range of $25k. A sketch was released, and a couple of other remarks about it occurred over the following years. In 2020 at the Tesla Battery Day event, Musk, again, mentions a Compact car, and says we could see it in 2023. However, then in 2022, Musk says Tesla is NOT working on a Compact! 2023 is now quickly approaching, and there's no more news about a compact Tesla. Sad, because their official sketch is cool looking. :'(
Here's the official sketch released from Tesla. Very nice lines and shape to this thing.