Virtually among two-three heartbeats, True Cousins, a Danish electric drag racing team, has established a new NEDRA world record for the 1/8-mile track in the electric category.
The Malmø Raceway in Sweden was blessed with the apparition of their vehicle – dubbed TC-X – who took home a 4.8968 second time and 233 km/h (144.8 mph) trap speed for the distance. This comes after last year they were announcing their intention to reign over with a XS/A3 (Extreme Street / 408V nominal voltage) class win, setting a time of 5.129 seconds and 137.8 mph. In case you want a comparison between the achievement of the hobby engineers and the known electric car benchmark – Tesla’s Model S – we can tell you the standing 1/8 mile is covered by the latter in around two extra seconds.
Actually, the car that has been developed by True Cousins can go from standstill to 100 kph in around one and a half seconds – unbelievable but true. Basically, from the moment it takes off to passing the 62 mph mark you only have time to blink once – and then it’s already off to that impressive 1/8th of a mile in just 4.8 seconds. And yes, these guys did start some years ago in their backyard with a small electric motorbike and two 12V lead batteries.