The 'Flux Capacitor' is the World's Fastest Street-Legal EV

By: Joey Haar - Jul 21, 2016
References: arstechnica & news.slashdot.org
Street-legal EVs aren't usually speedsters, but British automotive journalist Jonny Smith's invention is. His little yellow buggy recently set the world record in a drag race against the other top EV competitors, becoming the first ever street-legal EV to complete a quarter-mile in fewer than 10 seconds.

Dubbed the 'Flux Capacitor', Smith's car repurposed an Enfield 8000, which was a limited-release electric car produced in the 1970s. Beefing it up with a new powertrain, a total of 188 cells of Hyperdrive Innovation lithium-ion battery, and a lower gear differential, the street-legal EV can fly -- relatively speaking. At a 9.87 second quarter-mile, the car doesn't even come close to gas-powered vehicles. Nonetheless, the Flux Capacitor shows that eco-conscious speed demons don't have to be limited by their morals.