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Electric kart racing technology of the latest generation

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Demonstrating the technological capabilities and experience of the latest karts, the company Blue Shock Race has created an audacious video, in which 3 racing drivers deliver electric karts within 60 seconds to a boy, who has just ordered them, by this video BSR declares that they are ready for the delivery of BSR 2.2 electric karts and their power units.

Currently, already 8 countries host competitions and organize championships involving BSR electric racing karts, and another 4 countries are preparing to launch such competitions in the next season. In 2023, the major racing events and championships will take place in Monaco, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Belgium, Greece, and Australia.

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Electric karts in all categories

At the present moment, increasingly more people choose not only to try electric karts, but also participate in full season competitions. Over the course of the last 6 years, Blue Shock Race have developed full-spectre racing solutions for children’s 1.5kW power unit, which is designed for 4-7 years old children, 7kW PU for 7-11 years old children and 18kW power units for teenagers and juniors aged 12-15, up to the most powerful 25kW and 25kW+ power units for drivers aged 15+, where the maximum racing version ensures constant 33kW (45HP) power, which is equivalent to the most powerful kart classes.

The main advantage that increasingly more drivers start to appreciate, is that they can install the BSR electric kart system on any of their existing standard kart chassis in 20-30 minutes, thus being able to continue representing their brand and team.

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“This is a completely different world – it’s impressive”

Keeping pace with the global changes, also the karting world evolves, and a large part of the karting society does not understand it or does not want to accept it, but everybody who has tried it once, asks, where one can take part in competitions and where a kart can be acquired. While testing the most powerful BSR karts version last weekend, the Lithuanian racing driver Kaujus Siksnelis admitted after the race: “This is a completely different world – it’s impressive!” These are simple conclusions by racing drivers who try this technology for the first time.

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Close to zero maintenance

Many are frightened by the price, which is slightly higher than usual, but it has to be taken into consideration that the servicing costs for the following 1-3 years after the purchase are very low. No repairs or improvements are required for retaining the performance.

Another aspect that discourages potential buyers is the battery. These concerns are eliminated by the fact that over the last 6 years only one client has replaced the battery. When a client wants to replace the battery, BSR is ready to repurchase the existing battery, because it still can be used in systems with lower power, for example, solar energy accumulation systems, thus continuing to use the battery for another 10-15 years.

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Education is the key

It is a technology of the latest generation, which is not yet understood in the karting industry. One of the missions of BSR is not only to create these technologies but also to educate the public.

Changes require time, but thanks to the young generation and changes in the automotive industry the world is changing slowly, and those who will become the first to follow these new trends will benefit the most, whereas those who will resist these trends the longest, will face adaption problems later.

Blue Shock Race would like to invite to join electric racing all those united not just in our passion for racing, but in our commitment to deliver a better future through racing.

Electric karts and batteries. Extending the lifetime of lithium-ion batteries

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The battery is that part of electric karts that always raises the most questions and causes the most anxiety. In this article, we will try to tell you about the very basics and what to pay attention to, and how to improve your experience.

Historically, batteries have been very large, and heavy, containing various chemical elements, and at the moment when they stop working, they have to be replaced, demanding a lot of money for that. Today, technologies have advanced and it is best to compare that with a standard mobile phone. Batteries have become much smaller, lighter, and, most importantly, do not release any chemical elements during use. They are able to provide more power for weight, and the progress in the industry goes on, the performance of batteries increases every year, technologic solutions allow cheaper and more ecological manufacturing, they become lighter. Annual progress is 10%-15%. The progress over the last 10 years has been huge, but it is nowhere near what is expected in the next 10 years and the BSR team is part of driving that progress.

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What affects battery lifetime?
Currently, the most common type of batteries are Lithium batteries. The lifetime of Lithium batteries is most affected by temperature. If batteries are regularly overheated, they rapidly lose their performance. We often associate it with fast charging, however fast charging itself is not harmful, it is the temperature that harms when the battery is quickly charged or discharged. The more successfully you are able to organize these processes, the lower the temperature of the battery and the longer the lifetime of the battery.

Depending on the type of battery, the optimal operating temperature is between 20-40 degrees of Celsius. The BSR batteries also provide outstanding performance qualities even at 55 degrees, which is especially important for high-performance equipment such as racing karts.

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How to better control the temperature?
The first thing that should be avoided is a critically low or complete discharge of the battery (0%-10%). When the battery discharges below 20%, an additional load is placed on the battery, which in turn creates a higher temperature and requires more recharging time.

Another thing to avoid is charging the battery in the sun or in a hot place. Ideally, when charging the battery, it should be cooled using an air blower or fan.

On days when there are training rides and it is possible to plan the ride time, we recommend shorter training rides, but more sessions, in this way the battery can be charged in a shorter time, it heats up less and, as a result, you get a longer total ride time. The battery does not necessarily have to be 100% charged before rides, it can be used even if the charge is not complete. During training, it is even recommended not to charge 100%, but up to 90%, this allows you to speed up the battery charging and prolong the battery lifetime.

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Battery wear
The battery does not go down right in one day, it stops functioning when the BMS sensors detect a critical level in one of the measurements and immediately stop the operation of the entire system. The stop of the operation means that one of the critical elements either is damaged or may not be used for safety reasons. In most cases, if the problem is not critical, the battery can be restarted and it performs like a new one, but if there is a physically significant damage, then it must be taken to BSR specialists, where during the warranty or after the warranty, the problem is diagnosed and most often solved at no extra cost, or for very little fee. According to BSR data, the annual battery wear of an average electric kart user is around 5% of the original capacity. After two to three years of intensive use of electric kart, the capacity of the battery may decrease to 20% of the original. Such batteries usually continue to be used in the case of rent, or they are used for training purposes in the case of sports, but for competitions, a new one with less wear is used. In fact, the battery never stops functioning, but rather loses its capacity over time.

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What to do with a “dead” battery?
When you decide to change your old battery for a new one, BSR ensures the collection of the old battery and a 20% discount for a new one, so you do not have to think about disposing of the old battery.
After receiving the old batteries, BSR conducts their inspection to obtain data and analysis, then recycle them into reusable batteries in alternative projects, thus they continue their operation for another 10-15 years and only after that they go to recycling, where ~98% of the battery material is used in the manufacturing of new batteries. Such full cycle not only ensures that the use of the batteries creates as little pollution as possible, but also reduces the cost of manufacturing new batteries.

Summary
The most important thing for long-term use of batteries is the temperature management. The more intensive the load on the battery, the more it heats up, causing additional wear in the long term. After the battery has served its life on a kart, it is further used in other technological solutions and after another 10-15 years it is recycled and starts a new cycle – in a car, motorcycle or your next electric kart. Keep control over the temperature and your investment will last for a long.

More info:
E-mail: info@blueshockrace.com

Blue Shock Race pushing global limits and looking on IPO

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The company started its activity in 2015 by developing electric karts for entertainment and competition. It took only 3 years until BSR established the World’s first national electric karting championship in 2018 in cooperation with the Latvian Automobile Federation and Latvian Mobile Phone, thus demonstrating the company’s ambitions and capabilities.

Shortly after the launch of the championship, BSR attracted 220 thousand Euro investments through the crowdfunding platform Fundwise. me, which allowed for various certification IP registrations and other important processes.

In 2021, BSR already reached a turnover of close to 2 million Euros by selling its products in more than 30 countries around the world – Japan, the USA, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, New Zealand, etc. At the end of the year, BSR attracted another private investment totaling 825K Euros from Austria and Latvia, which allowed the company to build a new battery production, plastic bodies production, welding facility, electronics assembly and testing factory of 1000+ m2, purchase new production equipment to improve quality, production speed and optimize costs.

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Currently, BSR is already actively working on all the necessary documentation for BSR to become a public company by launching on the Northern European NASDAQ, OTC Markets, and other small-level public markets, where together they plan to develop the following directions:
– 9B Project (BSR Franchise with the future electric car off Grid charging platform).
These centers provide alternative energy generation from the sun and wind, as well as a high-capacity energy storage system, thus ensuring a fixed electricity price for 20+ years at the lowest costs, and are able to provide up to 200 electric car charging per day from one center, which together with the rest of the center activities are able to generate an annual turnover of 1.2-2M Eur with an ROI of 36-48 months (depending on the location). One Location requires from 3-5M Euro Investment. BSR planned to attract up to 50M Euro from the public markets for this direction within 24 months.

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– Moto Bike (a multi-functional electric motorcycle power unit that can be integrated by various market players in their production and start offering the production of a wide range of electric bikes to their customers). In addition to that, we also are in the final development stage for our flagship full-spectrum electric motorcycles, thus will demonstrating the maximum potential and presenting ourselves on the market as an electric motorcycle manufacturer. The first motorcycle and Units will be presented and pre-ordered in early 2023. It is planned to attract a total of up to 500K Eur for this project.

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BSR has currently developed a plan to achieve a turnover of 20+M Euros within 1-2 years and to increase it 2-3 times each year, reaching a total IPO valuation of 500M Euros by 2025, based on the developed technology, its introduction to the market and the market acquisition plan.

The plan might seem ambitious, but by obtaining an IPO, BSR becomes not only a manufacturer of karts or motorcycles, but also an Energy producer and Franchise Centre operator, and in addition generates Carbon Credit assets, which can potentially form one of the Largest IPO valuation positions. Aware of its technological strengths and the financial power that is public can provide, BSR has the potential to reach a valuation of 1.5-2.0 billion by 2030.

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Artis Daugins – BSR Founder and CEO: “I am sure about what we are doing and where we are going, in the last 5-7 years we have broken a path in the world by selling our products in all economically active continents, we have created a strong in-house production and created a strong team of engineers, which allows us to be confident in ourselves. By attracting additional capital and the right strategic partners in the next 1-2 years, BSR Group will become a serious energy and mobility player in its industry.”

Currently, BSR is looking for large strategic partners from the auto industry and the energy sector, with whom to build close cooperation in solving industry problems, fundamentally making these sectors more efficient from the point of view of costs and more independent from the global energy system.

More info:
E-mail: info@blueshockrace.com

Is it time for electric kart?

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Kart driving is full of dilemmas: whether to try to overtake or be patient, to put slicks on a drying track or stay with wets, to choose a kart with or without gears. Now drivers also face the choice between petrol and electric. But which kart should you go for? To unravel this question, let’s take a look at both karts and consider the differences.

If we look at amateur level, drivers often start karting at a later age. They used to have two options: a single-speed kart or a shifter kart. Now there is a third option – electric.

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A shifter kart is more like a regular racing car with a six-speed gearbox, but it’s much more expensive and physically demanding. One further downside is the lack of an electric starter, which means that you always need a helping hand to start the engine. On the other hand, if you make a mistake, you can shift down, get the revs and torque back up, and correct your mistake. With a single-speed kart, you don’t have this option, so any mistakes will cost you more. And then you have the electric kart. Electric karts combine all the characteristics of shifter karts, but they are still single-speed karts, and you can start the motor simply by pressing one button. If you make a mistake in a corner, the huge torque of the electric motor means that you don’t lose revs and can drive on like nothing happened. Hence it is the most “forgiving” kart.

However, for a professional racing driver, the switch from a petrol kart to electric would be a tough one. There are two main reasons for this. At the moment, electric karts are not as popular as petrol, so drivers have fewer races and competitions that they can enter. Secondly, professional drivers are used to everything associated with a petrol kart, and they have an emotional attachment to the old technology.

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Does size matter?

When it comes to regular single-speed karts, size does matter. If you are on the heavier side, it’s quite a disadvantage. With shifter karts, it is less of an issue, and with electric karts, it’s not an issue at all. The massive torque of the electric motor can compensate for the size of the driver.


Conclusion

In the end, the choice is clear. If you are an amateur driver with no or limited experience in kart racing, it’s much easier to drive and maintain an electric kart and to get the same speed and performance as with petrol. What’s more, you will be one of the first to own an electric kart, so you’re sure to get some impressed wows from the people around you.

After purchasing an electric kart, you have close to zero costs for maintenance and fuel. The only thing that you have to change is the tyres.

Single-speed karts are the cheapest entry point for kart racing, but after that, you have to invest quite a lot to keep the kart going and even more if you want to stay competitive.


Are you still unsure? The only way to decide is to give it a go!

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