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Electric Car Drag Racing: Video and Poll: Would You Attend?
cars ^ | 9/4/2009 | cars

Posted on 09/04/2009 11:19:14 AM PDT by wrrock

Electric Car Drag Racing: Video and Poll: Would You Attend?

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TOPICS: Hobbies
KEYWORDS: autos; dragracing; electriccars; racing

1 posted on 09/04/2009 11:19:14 AM PDT by wrrock
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To: wrrock

Would probably be like the snail races on SpongeBob


2 posted on 09/04/2009 11:20:09 AM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: LukeL

I’ve seen a battery-powered Honda Accord blow away a Ferrari Testarossa.

You wouldn’t believe how fast an electric car, optimized for the 1/4 mile, will accelerate.

But, alas, no noise.
And that’s the best part of drag racing, IMHO.


3 posted on 09/04/2009 11:21:38 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: wrrock

Probably have to recharge it halfway down the track.


4 posted on 09/04/2009 11:22:32 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Brevity: Saying a lot, while saying very little.)
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To: wrrock
AC Propulsion's tzero roadster is a reason to not give up on the electric vehicle. The tzero does 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, according to the company, and it does it on only 200 horsepower because of its light weight and torque.

The San Dimas, Calif.-based company says the tzero (pronounced "tee-zero," not "chair-o") has compared favorably in acceleration tests to Corvettes, Porsche 911s--and even a Ferrari F355, which it claims to have "out-accelerated...by eight car lengths" in one-eighth-mile drag races. If for nothing else, the tzero's $220,000 sticker price puts it in exotic-car territory.

The World's Fastest Electric Car

5 posted on 09/04/2009 11:23:13 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: wrrock
Actually an electric has more torque at starting than an internal combustion engine. With separate motors on all axles and computer traction control the pop off the line would be spectacular. You would need to use fuel cells rather than batteries as the latter are very heavy and you can't get all the stored power out quickly.

I'll miss the ground shaking roar of a big 8 cylinder nitro burning engine, But if it can rip down the track fast enough to make my neck snap, then heck ya I'll go watch.
6 posted on 09/04/2009 11:23:26 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world, and they are all out to get me.)
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To: SJSAMPLE

No...the best part is getting a face full of nitro and leaving the track peppered with rubber.


7 posted on 09/04/2009 11:23:29 AM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: wrrock
On a quarter mile track you wouldn't even need a battery. You could either use an extension cord or slot car type wires on the track.
8 posted on 09/04/2009 11:24:05 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("I can run wild for six months ...after that, I have no expectation of success" - Admiral Obama-moto)
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To: wrrock

Absolutely. Built right, electric cars can be firecrackers off the line. More efficient, no gears. Drag racing may be a good venue for them because they don’t have a lot of range.


9 posted on 09/04/2009 11:25:53 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: KarlInOhio

imagine if the prize money and endorsements are there, using GOLD wire instead of copper to get better conductance!


10 posted on 09/04/2009 11:27:07 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: wrrock

Would I check it out? Yeah... if they were fast.


11 posted on 09/04/2009 11:29:42 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: mnehring

In terms of performance, they would be unmatched.

However, it wouldn’t be the same sport. Because, as you note, they don’t have transmissions, which is a big part of the challenge of a drag race — being able to shift correctly.

And they have traction assistance that eliminates another of the major challenges — getting off the line without spinning out.

And they have no noise, which is a big part of the fan experience.

It would truly be like running little electric slot cars. Boring.


12 posted on 09/04/2009 11:30:53 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I would attend a lawnmower race, I guess I could attend this.


13 posted on 09/04/2009 11:33:48 AM PDT by Brookhaven (http://theconservativehand.blogspot.com/)
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To: LukeL
Electric Datsun
14 posted on 09/04/2009 11:39:25 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: wrrock

It might depend on who’s driving and what she’s wearing,.....


15 posted on 09/04/2009 11:41:43 AM PDT by garyhope ( It's world war IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islamofascism.)
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To: wrrock

Due to the high torque generated by electric motors, you can get an electric car up to a very impressive speed in a short-distance test like a drag race. The problem comes when you run out of juice 45 minutes into your L.A. commute....


16 posted on 09/04/2009 11:42:50 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: KarlInOhio

[On a quarter mile track you wouldn’t even need a battery. You could either use an extension cord or slot car type wires on the track.]

What you’d really do is wind up a super flywheel or some super capacitors and get your pop that way. A few megawatts ought to do.


17 posted on 09/04/2009 11:44:17 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: wrrock

Might as well watch wheelchair races......


18 posted on 09/04/2009 11:48:42 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: theFIRMbss

It’s cost may be in “exotic car territory” but it looks like crap.


19 posted on 09/04/2009 11:51:52 AM PDT by Jmouse007 (Thank you)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
What could be even more fun would be electric rock crawling. Like the crazy people who take Jeeps and Hummers up vertical rock walls. Only with super lite weight vehicles with almost impossible torque and adhesion. The back flips would make up for the lack of noise. Then again a car bouncing down the side of a cliff is probably fairly noisy on its own.
20 posted on 09/04/2009 11:55:54 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world, and they are all out to get me.)
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To: SJSAMPLE
But, alas, no noise. And that’s the best part of drag racing, IMHO.

That and the wall of flames during Top Fuel night sessions!

21 posted on 09/04/2009 12:07:21 PM PDT by SpeedRacer (Where's your records, B-HO? What are you hiding?)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

And no need for earplugs.


22 posted on 09/04/2009 3:23:10 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: wrrock

How about hydraulic cars?


23 posted on 09/04/2009 3:23:34 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: wrrock

If you did it right, it would only need an extension cord an eighth of a mile long.


24 posted on 09/04/2009 4:48:25 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Global Warming Theory is extremely robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it)
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To: theFIRMbss

I can’t believe there is anything in or on the TZero to warrant the $220,000 price tag.

Here’s the answer:

Due to high production costs, however, AC Propulsion ceased to produce the tzero. Only three still exist, one of which is owned by the company itself and the other two privately.


25 posted on 09/04/2009 5:06:49 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: LukeL

Here’s where the YZero “engine” went and a electric car drag video

http://www.grumpy-c-bear.org/Car/20051108_Energy_Next/Wrightspeed.wmv


26 posted on 09/04/2009 5:16:54 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: philetus

Sorry, TZero


27 posted on 09/04/2009 5:17:32 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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