Dennis “Kilowatt” Berube set a new National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) elapsed time electric vehicle world record driving an electric dragster powered by Altairnano battery packs, achieving 7.956 seconds for the quarter-mile run.
The elapsed time results edged out the prior record holder, the KillaCycle (earlier post) at 7.991 seconds. The top NEDRA speed record remains with the KillaCycle (160.69 mph). Berube’s dragster reached 159.85 mph on its 7.956-second run.
(In November 2007, the KillaCycle made a quarter-mile run in 7.824 seconds and hit 168 mph. (Earlier post.))
Using Altairnano’s lithium-titanate battery packs, Berube’s electric dragster, named the Current Eliminator V, achieved the elapsed time record at the Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, AZ on Sunday, 30 December. Requirements for setting the world record include two record-breaking times on the same day under the same conditions.
With runs rapidly decreasing in time, Berube began with 9.0 seconds, followed by 8.4, then 8.009 seconds. On the fourth run of the day, Berube broke into the 7-second category reaching 159.65 mph in 7.956 seconds. Dennis then followed with a consecutive run of 7.963 seconds while reaching 160.65 mph for the quarter mile.