Yesterday I made a microscopic first step in my second attempt to develop a commercially available Wheelmotor. I bought 1 new bigger rim + tire for my 1996 Jaguar XJ6 X300. It is the Jag with the newer rear suspension, with the brake discs outside. This car has the standard suspension like on any other modern car.
3.5 years after I started this thread, I have more time and I want to try an other approach. I think that we can do here something that big constructors can't. It is not my intention to present here a complete solution with 3 years garanty
. A Wheelmotor has inherent limitations. For example it might break down if you drive over a pothole. Probably a hub-motor is not even the best solution for an electric vehicle. But under sertain conditions it might be attractive for a DIYer to retrofit an existing car with 2 hub-motors, so that an ordinary gas guzzler can be converted to a hybrid or the hub-motor might be used as an electric turbo.
And because I haven't seen a lot of custom made affordable Wheelmotors anywhere else, I want to (slowly) give it a shot.
A retrofit like the one proposed HERE
is not possible because it would imply that your wheel goes some 10 cm outside of the wheel arch.
I would like a few characteristics to be part of my Wheelmotor design.
1) It must be retrofitable to any existing car and invisible (from the outside)
2) It must be cheap to be replicated so that I can produce it "affordable" in a low labor country.
I might develop it here online. We could do it open source, with this difference, that I will actually make the prototype here with pictures. Input from somebody who has a simulation software is very welcome.