• May 28th 2009 at 12:56PM
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While they might lack the comedic punch of their seasoned British co-frères, the presenters at Top Gear Australia don't seem to have any electric car "issues". Indeed, in a recent episode they even held their own battery-powered build-off. Presenters Warren Brown and Steve Pizzati each took a car of their choosing, stripped out all the combustive components and inserted a rough and (mostly) ready electric drivetrain, before meeting up on a racetrack to compete for bragging rights.

Realizing that a decent electric vehicle shouldn't be too heavy, Pizzati decided to go with the featherweight Suzuki MightyBoy while his competitor settled on that great Australian classic, the HZ Holden Kingswood. This hulking station wagon weighs in somewhere between the QEII and the state of New Hampshire. While we won't tell you which conversion won straight out, we will throw out the hint that the triumphant strains of "Football meat pies kangaroos electric cars" could be heard coming from the passenger compartment of the conquering contestant. Follow the jump for the segment in two parts – as well as a bonus video of a very nice MightyBoy conversion.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Re: Last video

      When will the imperial idiots learn that kilometer per hour is km/h not kph?!

      m - meter

      kilo - k - thousand (remember Y2k - year 2000)

      1 kilometer (km) = 1000 meters
        • 6 Years Ago
        true that.

        but to get technical, its also 'metre' in all the lands that use kilometres.

        Stuka, KPH is wrong because km/h isnt an acronym, it is a unit of measurement. KPH is an abbreviation used only to appease the minds of those stuck in mph.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not that we don't know, it just makes nice compliment to mph.

        MPH, KPH, it's not tough to figure out which is which even if one is not completely accurate, it still gets the point across.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kilometers is *one* word. Which means KPH is correct.

        Kilometers Per Hour

        Now if Kilometers was two words, then KMPH would be the correct acronym.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does the sound suck on these videos?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yea, but they're hot people. I'd do em'
      • 6 Years Ago
      australians are truly annoying!
        • 6 Years Ago
        i know i am but what are you
      • 6 Years Ago
      Warren won by one simple thing: KISS.

      When I saw the Mighty Boy's drivetrain, I knew, right then and there it would fail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, how to ruin the top gear format. Can it be any more slower or boring?

      Anyone care to give me the results? Range and such?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The big car won. The little car broke. The moral of the story is that if you want to convert a car to electric, use a real kit with properly sized motors and batteries. Cordless drill motors are not such a great idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The problem is, because they're in Australia, the electrical current runs backwards.

      It'll never work.
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