If Tesla’s P90D fierce accelerations weren’t enough to convince you about the grunt an electric powertrain can generate, this particular dragster will.
We’ve already seen the brute power an EV can develop, but the guys behind the “Electric Fox” dragster took it up a notch. Built in Latvia, this electrical powerhouse – made to resemble a Top Fuel variant – was purposefully created to be the fastest machine of its kind.
Currently, its target is to go faster than 200mph (321 km/h) and cross the quarter mile on the drag strip in less than 7 seconds. It isn’t quite there yet, but its latest 400-meter dash registered a new record for European electric dragsters, as the vehicle managed to cross the finish line at Tierp Arena, Sweden, in 7.631 seconds at a speed of 171.02mph (275 km/h), just 0.357 seconds off the current electric world record.
According to Insideevs, the result is number 3 in the NEDRA overall standing and first at its DR/A5 class.
In order to achieve these mind boggling figures, the car uses six electric motors and a bespoke 800 V lithium ion battery pack. The powertrain generates 1020 kW and 2160 Nm torque. That’s 1,367hp and 1593 lb-ft of torque; still far from a Top Fuel dragster, which are known to generate the force of a small earthquake when they go off the line, but impressive nonetheless, leaving room for improvement in the future.