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.
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