Meet Jesse James’s Electric 1962 Bel Air Drag Racer – This Ain’t Your Daddies Volt

Back in 2006 Jesse James and the crew at Monster Garage built an electric 1962 Chevy Bel Air drag racer for Milwaukee Tools using 384 of their lithium ion cordless drill batteries. The car is capable of 1/4 mile runs of 14.533 seconds and regularly tops 100mph on the drag strip.

The batteries in the car were connected in series to produce 336 volts at 3,000 amps driving twin electric forklift motors which really begs the question, what would this car be capable of with 2010 spec lithium ion batteries and electric motors designed for racing rather than low speed cargo carrying?

I’m not sure how Elon Musk would feel about the batteries all being stored in handmade wooden boxes in the trunk but hey, if it works, it works.

-To stay in the loop join our Facebook page grab the RSS feed or join us on Twitter @ElectroVelocity –

Blog advertising is good for you.

Via Delson Products and

1 Trackbacks & Pingbacks



i’d like to see them redo this car with more modern batterues and motors like you say they should be able to do an 11 sec 1/4 mile qwith the right gear

Fucks sake you can’t just throw batteries in wooden crates like that wtf is wrong with these people! Take some pride in your work! FFS.


you can’t, but apparently you can… welcome to america!

Leave a Comment

Best Green Blogs