• Dec 27, 2011
Good news for high-amperage types who want to run their battery-powered race machines at a local drag track. Working with the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA), the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has adopted rules for electric vehicles, giving track officials guidelines for pre-race inspections and allowing drivers to compete and set records on its tracks.

Since the National Hotrod Association (NHRA) – the other large drag-race sanctioning body – did this a few years ago, pretty much any track in the U.S. and Canada can now officially accommodate electric vehicles. It should be pointed out, though, that NEDRA remains the only organization that actually registers and keeps track of electric vehicle records.

One group said to benefit from the IHRA changes is the Delta Secondary School (DSS) automotive program, which races at an IHRA-associated track in its converted 1989 Toyota Tacoma (pictured above). Hit the jump for the official press release as well as bonus video of the DSS taking on a dino-juice-powered Dodge.

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PRESS RELEASE

IHRA Accepts Electric Vehicles in their Racing Rules

LAUREL, MARYLAND, December 19, 2011 - The National Electric Drag Racing Association, www.nedra.com is pleased to announce that the IHRA, International Hot Rod Association, www.ihra.com has formally recognized electric drag racing. Electric Cars and Motorcycles including Electric Junior Dragsters are now in their latest rule book.

The IHRA was formed in 1970 and is the largest drag racing sanctioning body in Canada and the second largest in the US. NEDRA's President, Mike Willmon and Vice President Roderick Wilde worked with Skooter Peaco, the IHRA Vice President of Race Operations and Mike Baker, their Director of Competition and Technical Services to help make this a reality. Chip Gribben, NEDRA's PR director has been working with Kurt Oberholtzer, IHRA Director of Contingency and Inside Sales concerning events at their member tracks. This now smooths the way for new and exciting EV drag racing venues. NEDRA looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the IHRA.

This news is particularly significant to NEDRA's newest Regional Director for Western Canada, Casey Mynott. Casey is head of Canada's first electric drag racing team which just happens to be a group of high school students from Delta Secondary School in Ladner, British Columbia. Casey is the Automotive Instructor there. Besides their electric drag racing pick up they have added a Junior Dragster to their racing stable. It is going to be an exciting and educational racing season coming up for them in 2012.

The National Electric Drag Racing Association, a non-profit Washington State corporation, exists to increase public awareness of electric vehicle (EV) performance and to encourage through competition, advances in electric vehicle technology. NEDRA achieves this by organizing and sanctioning safe, silent and exciting electric vehicle drag racing events.

NEDRA is a worldwide coalition of drag racing fans, electric drag racing vehicle owners and drivers, individuals interested in promoting the sport of EV drag racing, EV parts suppliers, EV manufacturers and other environmentally concerned companies and individuals. Working together as a group, we put excitement into electric vehicle drag racing.

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      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only need to hold a charge for a few seconds...
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Sounds like a job for ultracaps - insanely high power output, not for very long, but long enough...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see an electric class added to an event like this one: http://www.hotrod.com/2011/dragweek/ which I think is the true test of fastest "street legal" car that can actually be driven regularly. It would take a Tesla like car to cover the mileage requirement.
        nitrostreet
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've actually been thinking about how this could be done with an electric car, All these cars have to carry everything needed to race with their one vehicle, no support vehicles allowed. Originally I was thinking about putting a generator on the small trailer that Hot Rod magazine allows each car to pull, but re-reading the rules just now it says trailers may not contain any components that contribute to cooling, charging, oiling, or fueling of the vehicle while the trailer is being towed, so if Hot Rod couldn't be persuaded to allow an electric car to charge itself with the trailer it's towing then you may need to either make an easily removable generator that would work Chevy-Volt style while highway cruising and then simply remove it at the track to make your passes, then reinstall it for the jaunt to the next track, or figure out how to charge a spare battery pack or 2 while towing down the highway. This may not be feasable, though, because there's about 400 to 500 miles between tracks on some of the legs. This wouldn't be a problem at all for Hot Rod Mag because some of the cars are already doing more than that (The "Sick Second Camaro" was pulling off his supercharger and changing all his tires between tracks) As a side note I used to race with Larry Larson (4 time Drag Week unlimited class winner; Best ET 6.90's at 211 MPH) back in the 90's, and I was barely able to beat Larry into the 8's in 1995 with my yellow '57 Chevy. He's done pretty well since then.......
      russellbgeister
      • 3 Years Ago
      mmm electrics will have a place in drag racing but they wont replace the others ,why? beacuse people go for more than just the speed it's the noise the smell the knife edge terror of an out of control door slammer trying for a 5second pass a funny car blowing a supercharger belt its more than just speed its two men there monsters and the track a fan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @russellbgeister
        I do understand your point. I too miss the ring of my old dial phone and the sound my adding machine made when I pulled the crank handle, but seriously, you must not have ever seen top EVs race, heard the whine, smelled the tire smoke, watched a motor arc with flames out the bottom of the car during a wheel stand at the 60 foot mark. I think there is still a bit of excitement left. Wildman, Old drag racer from the sixties.
      Ele Truk
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know NEDRA had rules about EV drag racing, but I am curious as to how NHRA incorporates ICE vs. EV (or if they do at all).
        nitrostreet
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ele Truk
        For now the electrics would just be in the bracket racing classes with the ICE cars. These classes all have handicap starting so the actual ET of your car doesn't matter, only how consistently you can run that same ET every pass. This would be an incredible advantage for the electric cars because they would not be affected as much by the change in weather from morning to night as the ICE cars are. If there gets to be enough electric cars out there racing each other competively and there seems to be spectator interest in it then maybe NHRA might consider making an electric heads up class, but the cars are going to have to be really fast to garner enough spectator interest, I would guess it's going to take full bodied electric cars running at least 7's to do it, (based on the fact that full bodied ICE street driven cars are running 6's currently) It can be done, but it ain't gonna be easy..... Here's the explanation of the NHRA (IHRA will be similar) rulebook regulating electrics http://www.nedra.com/nedra_handbook.html#1_0
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Logically electric dragsters should beat ice dragsters in every category real soon. Range is not a problem so power densities is just a simple electric and mechanical add-on. High voltage battery and drive motors are needed with a nice programmation for wheel spin then go for the record.
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        I think that it will still take some time before electric batteries can compete on a power to weight ratio with top fuel funny cars and jet powered dragsters. But electrics will dominate any category that allows street legal vehicles. tesla roaster is a 13 second car stock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiLhyx80RYM white zombie: 10 second car, converted 1972 Datsun 1200: http://vimeo.com/19651664 black current 9.51seconds, converted 1960s VW Beatle: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1061309_exclusive-black-current-iii-electric-drag-champion--whats-really-under-the-hood
          paulwesterberg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          @black08mustanggt A list of fastest accelerating production vehicles http://www.thesupercars.org/fastest-cars/fastest-cars-by-acceleration-top-10-list/ Number 1 is Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. 0-60 mph time: 2.4 secs and costs $2.4 million dollars. But the black current 0-60 time is only 1.6 seconds and I bet it cost a lot less to build. Its twin motors are supposed to have cost a measly $10k apiece! If supercar manufacturers are not developing & testing electric/hybrid drivetrains now they will be out of business in 10 years.
          black08mustanggt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          "But the black current 0-60 time is only 1.6 seconds" The Veyron does it on DOT approved rubber, that bug - not so much. You swap the slicks for even a sticky set of street rubbers and it's time will plummet. "they will be out of business in 10 years." Bold prediction, thankfully - like your understand of 0 - 60 times - it's invalid.
          black08mustanggt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          "But electrics will dominate any category that allows street legal vehicles." How so? There are ICE cars that have meet the benchmarks listed above. The real problem is EV's will make sportsman drag racing (bracket racing) a non event. The EV's are inherently computer controled and pretty much remove all of the variables that make it a 'race'. If I have an EV that can run 11 flat I would just bracked for 11.5 and tell the car to get from A to B in 11.49 seconds. Why bother?
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