The Brexit is looming over the prospects of the country’s automotive industry – but at least if everyone ditches the UK the passionate fans could turn to “classic” rides like this one.
This is because they seem to have lots of life left in them. Just take this one example. A tiny British car born back in 1974 has turned out last weekend as the quickest street-legal electric drag car in the world, with a time of 9.86 seconds and a trap speed of 121 miles-per-hour posted at Santa Pod, England. Originally this was an Enfield 8000, an electric city car that was kind of ironically manufactured on the decidedly rural Isle of Man. Back then it had a full stable of just eight horsepower and was able to storm the roads at speeds of up to 40 mph. Motoring journalist and TV presenter Jonny Smith acquired it as a flood-damaged restoration project, and his intention from the starters was to prepare it for drag racing.
It needed two years for completion but following a fiberglass bodyshell restoration and the fitting of 188 lithium-ion battery cells into enclosures under the hood and trunk, the car is capable of 2,000 amps and 400 volts – sent to a couple of DC 9-inch motors that crank up the rear axle. You might not thing much of the batteries but you should – they are usually used for the miniguns on a Bell Super Cobra Attack helicopter. The result also speaks for itself – 800 HP and 1,200 pound-feet of torque. “Originally the car was designed to drive up to speeds of 40mph. Now it triples the speed within quarter of a mile without any aerodynamic alterations – which is testament to the original design,” commented the owner.