Electric dragster sets record: 7.25 seconds at 184 mph [Video]
Drag racing legend Don Garlits pushes for 200 mph electric benchmark.
Drag racing legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits has set yet another record, this time in an electric dragster.
A video shows Garlits' Swamp Rat 37 dragster completing the quarter mile in 7.25 seconds at 184 mph at the Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida.
The SR-37 is designed to be the first electric dragster to hit 200 mph on the quarter mile. Although his recent run is 16 mph short of Garlits' goal, it was still more than 20 mph faster than the previous electric record.
The purpose-built vehicle is powered by six 7.5-inch series-wound DC motors built by General Electric and modified for drag racing. Each motor has been tuned to produce over 200 horsepower each, with 3600 amps at 420 volts available from a 500-lb bank of lithium-polymer batteries that can be recharged in as little as five minutes.
Now 82 years old, Garlits is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first 200 mph record set in 1964 with a liquid-fuel dragster.
"All seems well and I believe we should be able to exceed the 200 mph mark with ease," he says.