In the case of "Assault & Battery" versus the Royal Purple Raceway, we find the defendant guilty of the breaking the record for the quickest quarter-mile in a door-slamming electric vehicle. Owned and operated by one Mr. John Metric – who just happens to be the current president of the National Electric Draging Racing Association (NEDRA) – the electrified 2002 Mazda Miata has scorched a path to the finish line in a scant 9.122 seconds at 145.16 miles per hour.

Although in slightly different classes (the star of LoneStar EV Racing slots in the Extreme Street (XS/A2) class), the achievement makes it quicker than the famed White Zombie, DC Plasma and Britain's batty V-dub Black Current. If you didn't know it, that's some pretty fast company.

Under the hood of this green machine, you'll find a pair of Zilla controllers pumping about 800 battery horsepower (BHP) and 1500 pound feet of torque from a pack of LiPo (lithium polymer) batteries into twinned Netgain Warp 9 serial DC motors. All that energy is fed to the rear end through a 2-speed Lenco transmission hooked to a set of Gear Vendor overdrive units, giving the car four different gear ratios to work with. Oh, and it also boasts reverse, so that's really like five gears.

Despite its serious racer looks, it would actually be street legal in Texas if it weren't for a lack of windshield wipers, which were removed to save weight. You can watch Assault & Battery lay waste to the track in a trio of videos we have waiting below. The first is the record run, the second is the slightly slower back up run and we've thrown in a bonus trip down the strip that's a tad slower, but beautifully shot. Enjoy!







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      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look at the video at the bottom and check out the bottom of the car when he spins the motor up. Dude, those commutators are sparking hard, lol
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      John Metric is one really cool guy. I got the chance to meet him at EVCCON in 2012 and 2013. Congratulations John...!!!
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Proving when the ICE engine dies no one will even notice.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hell yeah! Thanks for the report, mr Yoney :) By the way- royal purple raceway? they're going to start naming drag strips after batteries and electric motor controllers instead of ICE motor oil manufacturers soon enough if this keeps up... :)
      Captain Stu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gaww how many G's is the launch?
        GoodCheer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Captain Stu
        If the acceleration were constant across the quarter mile (which it's not, but it makes the math easier), then it would be accelerating at 0.8 g for the length of the track. So in reality, it's accelerating harder than that at the start, most likely over 1g.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Spanked!
      Captain Stu
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's like watching Airplane! The Movie.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      The electric drag record seems to be getting shaved by 1 second every year or so. black current 9.5 in 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHjq5VY6O68 white zombie 10.4 in 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rVTIpS5zb4 tesla roadster sport 12.6 in 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b7P8pjHpgM tesla roadster 13 in 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54cyFOKlIE8
      Lazybones
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is something else in this race which I think most of us missed... check out frame 0:52 seconds. Its unreal how much pollution the ICE is putting out. You can hardly see the tail lights. It really highlights (on an extreme scale) why EVs are good for all drivers.
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