• May 12th 2011 at 6:56PM
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Larry "Spiderman" McBride rides the Lawless Rocket – Click above to watch video after the jump

Larry "Spiderman" McBride, aboard the Lawless EV Racing Rocket, has officially lowered the electric drag-racing limbo bar down to 7.246 seconds while reaching a speed of 185.46 miles per hour. That's only five mph short of the record-making run Chip Yates made on four times the real estate.

It was just a few weeks earlier that the team had launched the Rocket at the Manufacturer's Cup in Georgia, only to see that record-seeking trip fizzle a second after take off due to a component glitch. Immediately after that failure, the 400-lb battery was driven back to High Tech Systems lab in Denver for some software updates, the Zilla hairball (the controller interface) was returned to its maker for a rebuild and various other pieces were swapped out or modified.

The result? When Spiderman unleashed the bike's 1,610 electric ponies at Virginia Motorsports Park they were rewarded with a set of runs that pads their position atop the NEDRA (National Electric Drag Racing Association) standings and the motivation to be even quicker. Hit the jump for video of a pair of fast passes and if you'd like to hear read the detailed version of this story, check out this great post by Shawn Lawless on the NEDRA Yahoo group.



[Source: Lawless EV Racing]





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      Neil Blanchard
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is causing the bike to pull to the left? Neil
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good time but not fast enough. These guys need to get hip to lithium polymer, even better, nanotech lithium polymer. Why use a 20C-30C battery when you can get a battery that is 20% lighter and 20% smaller that can do 20-100C? Lighter and capable of putting out triple the amps, thus one third the voltage sag!!! All these speed records are just waiting to be stolen away by the guy who has enough brains to do the switch. Until then electric drag is cool but a novelty. I want to see the gas guys running for cover. @#!$%^@#
        • 4 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Menace, As soon as I get that new "Pentium" computer I have been saving up for maybe I could trade in the old lead bats for some of that LI stuff. Seriously, gas guys are running for cover. I never dreamed we would be knocking on the nitro guy's doors this soon. The batteries are evolving at an exponential rate. I would not be surprised by 1000C bats in the near future. A nice 1500 HP 20 lb pack would be perfect for a mid 5 second run. Shawn
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 4 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        A123 20Ah cells might be good for dragsters. I'm not sure I'd use the so called lithium polymer cells but maybe they can be more powerful. (keep in mind it's not just about C rating, density factors in) do you have a specific product in mind?
      Doug
      • 4 Years Ago
      one-armed drummer...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The heavy left bias was caused by the replacement of the aluminum alloy rear sprocket with a hardened steel unit on site after the aluminum unit was trashed on the first run. We have since returned the bike to a neutral left/right bias. The first official 8 second motorcycle pass was in 1971. The first 7 second run was in 1975. The first 6 second run was in 1984. Finally, the first 5 second run was in 1999 by our own Larry McBride. Our Lawless Industries electric bikes ran 10's in 2007, 9's in 2008, 8's in 2009, 7's in 2010. The technology is here right now for a 6 second run. It is a matter of our team getting everything right at the same time. I have no doubt that 5's in 2012 are possible. Shawn Lawless
        Ben Crockett
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well done Shawn keep up the good work. Very keen to follow your progress into the 6 sec zone.
        Dave D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shawn, Thanks for the info and updates! Yes, the pace with which the electrics are moving ahead is incredible compared to how long it took to break these milestones on the ICE side. Good luck, and here's hoping you get into the 6's this year!!!
      GeorgeS
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys gotta understand. My first trip to the dragstrip was in 1965 and the top fuels were already running in the 5's. It was Lion's dragstrip around LA. So I just love that footage in the first video!!
      godscountry
      • 3 Years Ago
      with electric motors at 80-90 percent efficient ,compared with combustion engines which lose most of their power out the exhaust in the form of heat,only battery technology is holding them back.I see a time when most of all automotive,motorcycle records for speed are owned by electric vehicles.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      good stuff. close to 6s. top fuel motorcycles run in the 6s. some not even below 7. and top fuel is completely useless for normal vehicles yet with electric drive there is no difference. it's still several times more efficient than a prius drivetrain : )
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        electric owns. btw they might gain a little bit with aerodynamic bodywork over the front wheel as well as cover the legs and clean slip at the end. one body if possible. it's not as important as normal vehicles because most of the power is put in the acceleration but it might get them below 7. eventually we will see some really ridiculous EV drag vehicles. this is just the beginning. they are still running cast iron forklift motors.
      GeorgeS
      • 4 Years Ago
      Huge quantities of torque??
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