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Hey everyone!

Since Chimera has, in fact, been leaked… there is no real reason to stick to
our time table. Our website might not be done yet, and we might still be
getting the last few ducks in a row… but who cares! If you guys are okay with
this launch not being as “polished” as we planned… you can hear all about it
right now.

Without further ado, I present:



The Chimera™ “Competition Battery System”!


Here is the quick and dirty—The Chimera™ CBS is an automotive battery
that is the end result of about 1 year of design and engineering (and a slew
of custom-made parts)… I am comfortable saying that it is the most
advanced automotive lithium ion battery system in the world.

The system that we have designed for Lotus weighs a bit less than eight
pounds and is the equivalent to a 48ah lead acid battery. However, because
of the way lithium ion cells work (and the way our particular cells were
designed), the battery is extremely powerful.

In one test, we installed our battery system in a supercharged Elise (Elise SC)
and turned on every drain on the battery we find (lights, high-beams, radio,
etc.)… We then started the car repeatedly, not allowing the alternator charge
the battery in between starts.

The Elise started 95 times before the battery’s electronics
kicked in (more on that later). :nanner2:

With that said, here are a few things about the Chimera™ CBS that are
notable and separate us from the competition. I know I am going to miss
some things... but I'll try not to!


1) Automotive-Grade Internals:

There is a dirty little secret that some competitors share… The cells they use
in their batteries are actually the same cells used in lithium ion power tools.
While these cells might be cheap, they are not designed to start a car; they
are intended to release energy continuously over time, not to release all of
their energy at once. Starting a car pulls 100 amps or more!

This is one of the reasons you have heard about their batteries literally
exploding—they are being used in the wrong way. Our cells, on the other
hand, are safe for the automotive environment. In fact, they can be pierced
and crushed without catching on fire or exploding.

Is this why our competitors offer only one year of warranty… and we offer up
to five years?

2) Gold-Plated Aluminum Posts:

You can’t tell from the picture above, but those battery posts are actually
extremely light—they only weigh three hundredths of a pound.
However, they are twice as conductive as “high-performance” brass posts
and eight times as conductive as standard lead posts.

The posts are machined on a CNC lathe out of a solid piece of aluminum,
put through a five-stage hand polishing process, and then plated with
multiple layers of gold. The end result is a battery post that weighs close to
nothing, has maximum contact with the battery cables, and never oxidizes.

3) Trussed Endcaps:

When you first see the endcaps on either side of the battery, you might
wonder why they are so ornate… in fact, their form follows function.

The endcaps were designed not only to be as light as possible, but also
strong enough to deal with the forces of tightening the battery cables. (It
would have been easier and cheaper-- and heavier-- to leave them flat.)

4)The Efficiency Auditing System (EAS):

Earlier in the post, I mentioned that the battery was able to start a
supercharged Elise 95 times before the electronics kicked in… After the
95th start, the battery actually shut itself off because it read that it was
running out of power. All we needed to do was press the reset button
on the face of the battery and simply restart the car.

The aspect of the EAS that kicked in at that point was our Low Voltage
Cutoff. It is a system that makes sure the battery never runs low enough
to damage itself. It also means that you can press the LVC button and, in
many cases, just start the car like you normally would!

Most lithium ion batteries have a low voltage cutoff… but our EAS takes
many more factors in to account to make sure the battery is running at
peak efficiency.

For example, the EAS also includes cell balancing circuitry which ensures
that no one cell has too high or two low of a charge compared to the others.
This keeps the cells healthy and leads to MUCH longer battery life.

5) The Carbon Fiber Monocoque Case:

The Chimera™ CBS case is actually one piece (not two pieces that have
been fused together) and is made of race-grade carbon fiber (not urethane
or vinyl resin). The end result is that the case is EXTREMELY light and
extremely strong.

Plus… it’s cool to say "monocoque"!

6) The “Insane” Warranty:

Like I said earlier—our competitors offer only one year of warranty for their
product… we offer up to five times that.

I think that speaks for itself.

Each battery also has its own unique serial number that is linked with the
owner. If you ever need any help, we have all the necessary information on
file.

*******


Ok... That was a LOT to type! :crazyeyes With that said, though...

The Investment:

If you were to purchase a battery from a competitor that was relatively
comparable, it would run you approximately $1300 - $1500 + shipping…
and it would only come with 1 year of warranty. :no:

The Chimera™ Competition Battery System is $950 and comes with 3
years of warranty standard (with the option to extend the warranty an extra
2 years) as well as all of the improvements that we mentioned above. :clap:

That’s hundreds of dollars less than the competition for a better battery that
is warrantied longer… however, it is still a sizable investment. We
completely understand that.

This battery is NOT for everyone. It is for people who are looking to get
extra weight off their car and improve performance but are not willing to
sacrifice reliability. If a person isn’t looking for that, then our system is
obviously not a good fit for them.

It is important to note that comparing our battery system to a "lightweight"
AGM battery is not effective. Those batteries are not actually meant for
cars. That is why you constantly hear about batteries going flat and why
you need to maintain them-- they are nowhere near as powerful as ours. On
top of that, not only do they only last a couple of years (versus our 10+
years if properly maintained), but they still weigh about twice as
much as our battery! If you look at the cost in relation to price, the
Chimera™ CBS is still the best choice.

The Catch:

So, it costs a few hundred dollars less less than the competition, is more
advanced than the competition, and comes with up to five times the
warranty than the competition… but there is a catch.

The Chimera™ CBS weighs about a pound to a pound and a half more
than the competition. This is by our own design. By adding that extra pound
to the battery, we were able to make it much more reliable and powerful.
We could have made the battery even lighter… but the fact of the matter is
that you will never feel that pound difference… and we were not willing to
sacrifice safety or longevity!

You will, however, feel everything that pound gets you in terms of reliability
and power because of where that pound comes from... and you’ll feel the
few hundred dollars you saved in your pocket as well! :clap:

Any questions?

:coolnana:

P.S. Like I said, the site is not live yet... so, if you are
interested in
getting a system for your car... send me a PM or Email.
 

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CONGRATS!:clap:

British Racing Group is an Authorized Dealer for Chimera. We will begin taking orders of the battery this weekend and will be featuring the system at LOG31 in Las Vegas next month. Even more exciting is we feel so confident in the system, it's technology, performance and quality, we are making them standard on every Ginetta that is sold in North America.

Watch for a separate post and an update to our site shortly.
 

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WOW! That looks awesome. I've got an Odyssey battery right now, and my biggest complaint is finding it dead if I dont start the car up every 15 minutes or so ;) haha

I am very excited about this. Glad to see the fruits of all your labors!
 

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Congrats on the launch guys! I've actually had the battery since mid August and it's been working flawlessly. I even managed to have the car sit for almost 2 weeks and it still managed to startup almost instantly. The cost might scare some away initially but in my case i've run through 3 different batteries with manufacturers that won't return my calls or emails :rolleyes: Anyway, I figured I might as well just get the lightest best performing battery possible with an awesome warranty. So far so good since the battery is working almost better than advertised and they are prompt to return my emails and calls. :clap:
 

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:coolnana:

We have finally launched! A major thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us in the roughly 12 months of engineering, testing, patenting, and manufacturing!

This is VERY exciting!
 

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You state that it is equivalent to 48AH, has this been scientifically tested to the industry standard of the 20 hour rate?
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Congrats!

Is the battery Smart car friendly? Shaving weight on that little bugger is top priority too.:up:
 

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Congrats!

Is the battery Smart car friendly? Shaving weight on that little bugger is top priority.:up:
Yes. This battery will start any 4 cylinder engine, and many 6 cylinder engines. We are rolling it out for Exige & Elise, but will list other approved cars as well.
 

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You state that it is equivalent to 48AH, has this been scientifically tested to the industry standard of the 20 hour rate?
Michael
The 48 AH equivalent is listed because people are used to sizing batteries for their cars based on AH ratings (which as you point out is a bit of a misnomer). We decided to follow the industry "equivalent" claim, with a grain of salt.
 

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Exactly. The battery MIGHT start larger engines that what Thomas mentioned... but we would prefer to "play it safe." We don't want to overtax the batteries-- we want them to last as long as possible.

4 cylinder and some 6 cylinders are perfect for this.
 

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Very cool. I have killed one stock and three braille batteries over the last few years and been stranded countless times. With the reliability, warranty, and performance you stated, this is these like a no-brainer.

Excellent work gents!
 

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Congrats on the launch. Looks like a quality battery. I want to see this in person Ali.

And Roger I had no idea you were running this battery!
 

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Congrats on the launch. Looks like a quality battery. I want to see this in person Ali.

And Roger I had no idea you were running this battery!
Of course!

Damian is actually running it too! :clap:
 

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Not sure I understand, will the battery produce 2.4 amps for 20 hours, until it reaches 10.5V?
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The 48 AH equivalent is listed because people are used to sizing batteries for their cars based on AH ratings (which as you point out is a bit of a misnomer). We decided to follow the industry "equivalent" claim, with a grain of salt.
 

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Fired up a car 95 times before low voltage protection ???! This is clearly not 'just' an ultralight battery.... That is really impressive....
 

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Fired up a car 95 times before low voltage protection ???! This is clearly not 'just' an ultralight battery.... That is really impressive....
Yes, I was very pleasantly surprised :D
 
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