TOCEVA Racing at the Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series

Article by Andrew Harvey, TOCEVA Racing and TOCWA committee member.

The newly formed TOCEVA Racing is a group of EV enthusiasts who come from the Tesla Owners Club of Western Australia and the Australian Electric Vehicle Association.  The TOCEVA plated 2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance, driven by Jurgen and Helen Lunsmann has placed 4th overall and fastest in the Targa Cup class of Round 2 of the Shannons Targa Rallysprint Series, ahead of a tough field of almost 80 cars.

Jurgen piloted the TOCEVA Racing Model 3 under Helens calm guidance through four runs around the Perth Motorplex course for a total time of just over 9 minutes.  The field is separated by type of car and engine capacity, something that is hard to define for the Tesla, but there are two main classes.  The Rallysprint cars are heavily modified racing cars while the Targa Cup cars must adhere to strict rules governing Targa racing.

The TOCEVA Racing Model 3 is effectively a standard Tesla Performance Model 3 with the only upgrades being racing brake pads, racing tyres (on standard 18in wheels) and this was the first race with the recently (as in last week!) installed roll cage.  The TOCEVA Racing team led by Jon Edwards worked through the holiday break to strip the interior ready for the roll cage, then painstakingly replaced, altered and fabricated new parts for the interior to get the car ready for today’s race.

Another Tesla Model 3 Performance competed, Nigel Ball driving his everyday car (with racing brake pads, wheels and tyres but no roll cage) impressively coming in 9th place overall.

Coming off a tremendous 4th place overall in last season’s Targa Cup (competing in the Targa 130 class speed limited to 130km/h) this is the first of many races for 2021 for TOCEVA Racing, competing in the open class of the Targa Cup for the first time.

We are looking forward to the next round on the 28th January again at the Perth Motorplex.  Spectator entry is free so come down and watch some great motorsport.  Where else can you see a Tesla quietly showing the racing fraternity what electric really can do?

Christmas arrives early for EV owners in Western Australia.


Tesla Owners Club Western Australia (TOCWA) has doubled the reach of fast DC chargers north of Perth by installing a 50kW Tritium charger at Geraldton – Western Australia’s third largest city.
This world first Owners Club initiative serves to open the mid-west region of Western Australia to all EV owners wishing to travel to tourist hotspots such as Kalbarri and Monkey Mia. It also drastically shortens the transit time of EVs pressing further north to destinations such as Carnarvon and Coral Bay.

TOCWA 50kW Geraldton – DC Fast Electric Car Charging – 178 Connell Rd, West End WA 6530

WA Government releases comprehensive EV Strategy

The State Government has finally released its long awaited State Electric Vehicle Strategy in a media release today.

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/11/New-strategy-to-power-electric-vehicles-in-Western-Australia.aspx

They have also provided a detailed document outlining their strategy https://www.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-11/State_Electric_Vehicle_Strategy_for_Western_Australia_0.pdf

Their policy states that the State Government will “invest up to $20 million to support the creation of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure network facilitating travel north from Perth to Kununurra, along the south‑west coast to Esperance and east to Kalgoorlie.

Full Self Driving Testing

Tesla has begun rolling out FSD betas to specific testers from the official owners club community.

John Stringer from Tesla Owners Silicon Valley is one of the first and posted a couple of short videos on Twitter

Australian Tesla Online Shop

After some wait, and a few intital hiccups with payments, the Australian Tesla Online Shop is now open for business.

You can now buy cables, apparel and other accessories in Australia

Highlights include the Model 3 fob, not previously available here, as well as a full complement of floormats for all models.

Go check it out at https://shop.tesla.com/en_au/

You can also still buy TOCWA merchandise at our shop

Tesla Perth moving to Osborne Park

Contracts have been signed for the Perth Tesla location in the old Renault/Peugeot Dealership on Main Street and Scarborough Beach Roads. Test Drives begin soon from that location, but the service centre may take a little longer to move over.

Australind/Treendale Chargefox Location

The new ultra-rapid charging location at Australind/Treeton is nearing completion.

This location will have a pair of 350kW Tritium chargers which will be some of the fastest in WA – Older Teslas are unlikely to see much value over the nearby Supercharger, but Model 3 owners will certainly see better rates here.

WA to get a Big Battery

Expected to be Australia’s second biggest battery, the proposed 100MW, 200MWh big battery will be bigger than 20 tennis courts, side-by-side, and have the capacity to power 160,000 homes for two hours, and to be housed at the decommissioned Kwinana Power Station.

WA’s energy sector is experiencing a rapid transformation, with a major uptake of largescale renewables and rooftop solar. One in three households have rooftop solar panels and this is expected to rise to 50 per cent of households by 2030.

Increased pressure on WA’s electricity system and inaction could result in significant blackouts in coming years.

The big battery will support integration of more renewable energy and improve grid security. It can be charged during the day, when the sun is shining and energy is plentiful, and discharge this energy when it is most needed during the afternoon and evening peak.

Batteries will help the wider electricity system and the market by ‘smoothing’ demand issues, such as low load, which is encountered when customer solar generation is high but power demand is low.

Williams Supercharger coming soon

In fantastic news for all Tesla owners, we are thrilled to confirm that a supercharger station is being installed in Williams early next year at the Williams Woolshed. It will be a great day when our Eaton Supercharger finally loses its coveted most isolated Supercharger in the world honor.

Lancelin Drive Day 28th June

We are pleased to announce a family drive day to Lancelin next Sunday 28th June.

We will be gathering at the Alkimos Tesla Destination charger at The Gateway Shopping Precinct, 15 Graceful Blvd, Alkimos WA 6038, from 10:00am, before driving in convoy to Wangaree Park, 8 Rock Way, Lancelin WA 6044 at about 11:00am.

We expect to arrive at Lancelin at about noon.

Wangaree park has numerous facilities including shaded playground, skate park, gazebos, BBQs and public toilets. There is also a bakery across the street and an IGA around the corner.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at one of Western Australia’s best kept holiday secrets.

Wangaree Park PlugShare reference: https://www.plugshare.com/location/241564

Alkimos Tesla Destination Charger PlugShare reference: https://www.plugshare.com/location/130455