1965 VW Beetle on the first sight doesn’t look something special, but this little Beetle under it’s hood got more power that you can imagine.
Think electric cars are slow? Think again. Two brothers in the UK have just set the new world record on the drag strip for the first electric car to crack the 10-second-barrier down the quarter mile. Sam and Olly Young did it in a custom-built Volkswagen Beetle known as ‘Black Current’ which runs purely on batteries.
With this latest project, which they’ve appropriately named ‘Black Current’, achieved a new record at an Alternative Energy Racing tournament in Santa Pod, where it posted a 9.51-second quarter mile time. The car also managed to cross the line at 217km/h and achieve 0-96km/h in just 1.6 seconds in the process.
The car uses 60 12-volt motorbike batteries which provide power to a milk-truck-based electric motor. The guys say they could get the Beetle going even faster if they used a lithium gel battery pack instead of the 60 motorbike batteries – which are about one third of the size of a small car battery.