Back in April, Ron Adamwicz's electric 1981 Chevrolet Camaro ripped down the quarter-mile track at Palm Beach International Raceway in just 11.253 seconds. In addition to its record-setting quarter-mile run, the electrified Camaro, dubbed "Warp Factor II," set a world record with a 6.8-second eighth-mile run at 93.43 miles per hour. And get this: those records were set with just one of the Camaro's two electric motors operational.

On August 6, with both electric motors functioning correctly, the Team Haiyin EV Racing Chevy Camaro tore down the strip at Lebanon Valley Dragway in 10.08 seconds, hitting a top speed of 127 mph. That time puts the electric Camaro within spitting distance of the Black Current, the converted Volkswagen Beetle that holds the world record for "street bodied" electric vehicles.

The time to beat stands at 9.51 seconds. That's simply amazing considering the 1,001-horsepower Bugatii Veyron roars down the quarter-mile in the mid-10s. Hit the jump to watch the electric Camaro rip down the tarmac.


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      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      If i had an electric race car i would name it 'Silent But Deadly'.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Senator86
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better late than never. Plasma Boy has been doing 10's for some time now; in a STREET driven Electric... http://www.plasmaboyracing.com/whitezombie.php
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Impressive, but just not right. Drag racing is about noise too, not just speed.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        You nailed it; all the guys that are into EVs really hardcore are the nerdiest folk i know. They do remind me a lot of the original computer geeks. Remember, people thought both the personal computer and then the internet wouldn't catch on and would be a fad. But the nerds know what is good, and if you see them being extremely driven to do something new, follow 'em!
        • 3 Years Ago
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      Fred
      • 3 Years Ago
      the strangest thing was that it was so quiet all you could hear was the flapping sound
      SPcamert
      • 3 Years Ago
      I must say, I grew up about 20 miles from this speedway and I never would have thought that anyone who ran there was forward-thinking enough to produce something like this. Well done guys! Way to represent in the 518!
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this is the future of motorsports I'm going to hang myself right now! I'm not a fan of drag racing, but if it's going to be a drag, let it be with roaring V8 noise, preferably burning (more precisely exploding) nitromethane. Just my opinion.
        fly by wireless
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        That would be a waste of humanity but you won't be missed. Change is the watchword of technology. Evolve.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHtAkM3CYLA Check out the killacycle And don't hang yourself please. Electric cars and solar power are freedom from the oil barons. They are also fun as hell to drive. Do yourself a favor and get in the seat of one that is powerful.. it's hard to go back to gas.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          I think before we develop a decent electric cars we should resolve another, bigger problem. Check this out: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/83/2008_US_electricity_generation_by_source_v2.png And if you take in mind some numbers like power stations efficiency, power lines loss, sub stations efficiency, electric car efficiency you will discover that running electric car actually is more polluting than running a modern petrol car. Not mention that nothing can replace the good old engine noise! Straight six, flat plane crank V8, Italian V12 - give them all!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
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        Durishin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Too late for you. KERS?
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy would be smart to sponsor this guy and have him start using a Volt body. The carmakers need to realize that as more and more hobbyists and pros go electric, it will do wonders for the image of EVs by the very folks that would probably never consider an EV in real life.
      James Chivers
      • 3 Years Ago
      What No ground shakin Nitro Methane explosions? What a bore, haul that piece of junk home
      ALafya
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get rid of the smoke and it would be perfect. Too many people got addicted to the noise/smoke/engine vibrations, not the speed. This engine noise is nothing more than good energy being wasted away as loud vibrations and heat, instead of pure locomotion.
        Critter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        it's necessary to heat the tires for maximum grip off the line. educate yourself
        Rampant
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        Autoblog green is that way pal.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        AL; i agree. Being into hot rodding electric drive, i now associate the sound of gas engines with energy being wasted. Electric motors are all efficiency and no show. Definitely an acquired taste.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ALafya
        The noise/smoke/engine vibrations are all part of the appeal of drag racing, sort of like the raucous crowd at a football game. The game may be just as good without it but it is just not quite the same. There's something about the loud, loappy rumble of a vintage muscle car, and the sound it makes at WOT that sends chills up my spine. Like it or not, that has long been part of the appeal. You either get it, or you don't
          Rampant
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          Your comments are pretty repulsing too...
          ALafya
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          For me, it all about if you want to see yourself in-front or left behind. The smoke/loud noise has the added repulsion factor.
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      It isnt amazing considering the fact that the Veyron isnt using drag radials.
        Carzzz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        yea the Veyron's Pax System tires that are 40k for a set are not grippy at all. only if the Veyron ran drag radials would it make this consideration amazing. blahhhhhh
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        Well neither is the camaro since slicks are bias ply. I still agree with your point.. plus the veyron isn't geared for the quarter mile.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
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