Home-Grown Electric Beetle Beats Tesla

This is Black Current III, a naughty-looking VW Beetle that's officially the fastest electric dragster in Europe. It recorded an 11.24sec ¼-mile run at Santa Pod recently, beating a Tesla Roadster by more than 1.5secs in the process.

Black Current III is the work of brothers Olly and Sam Young and is a 1960s Beetle powered by two forklift truck motors and 60 12-volt batteries. This is good for 1200lb ft of torque, a 0-60 time of around 3.0secs and a terminal velocity at the end of quarter-mile of 114mph.

The project started six years ago when the brothers got hold of an abandoned milk float and mated its motor to an engine-less Beetle.

The next step in the project is to get hold of some hi-tech lithium ion batteries. Considering how the Black Current boys and their forklift-powered car wiped the floor with the cutting-edge Tesla - we'd love to see what they can do with Black Current IV...

Follow this link for more tech details and vids of Black Current




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  • RB Will 11 May 2010

    How far does it go before you have to plug it back in?

  • richie_mck 11 May 2010

    the quietest drag race you will ever see. Fair play, bettle looks really well

  • Mannginger 11 May 2010

    Purpose built drag-car beats "production" car in drag race shocker.

  • Nightshade 11 May 2010

    Doesn't have the same appeal without the roar of a V8 IMO!

  • gifdy 11 May 2010

    Mannginger said:
    Purpose built drag-car beats "production" car in drag race shocker.
    Exactly. Quiet news day ?

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