When we saw YouTube videos of Don Garlits making hits in an electric rear “motor” dragster we had to follow up with Big Daddy and get the inside dirt on just how well this brand new machine from High Tech Systems performs. The 1500KW dragster is naked with no body panels and Don reports that since this was the first time out with the car, they only made some launches and 330′ shots.
Here’s what Don Garlits reported to us when we asked him about the machine -
I only did starts, as we didn’t have all the safety equipment installed yet.The 60′ times were; 1.12, 1.13, and 1.14. The eight mile speed was 95 MPH, shutting off just before the 330′, the ET for the 330′ was 3.22
Obviously the instant torque of the electric motors really gets this digger moving. Short times in the 1.1 second range on their first day out lead us to believe that with tuning, this baby will be in the 1.0 second range and that is bad ass quick off the line. That’s the type of 60′ times seen out some very hairy door slammers and dragsters. 1500Kw (kilowatts) translates into something like 2,000hp! YOWZA! We’re looking to follow up with these guys (who we believe are the same electrically charged lunatics that built the crazed electric drag bike that Larry “Spiderman” McBride rode into the 6-second zone in Spring of 2012!)
We’ll never give up our love of internal combustion, zoomie pipes, and header flames, but fast is fast and these guys are getting a real handle on electric hot rods at the strip. Oh, and this is further proof that Don Garlits is the coolest human being to ever walk the face of the Earth. If we do half the stuff he does when we get to his age, we’ll still not be qualified to carry his helmet.
Embedding of the videos is forbidden so hit the links to see the electric dragster of High Tech Systems running at Gainesville with the Swamp Rat at the controls!