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.
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