Drag racing has always been dominated by gas guzzling speed machines. However, it seems as though things are about to change thanks to Steve Huff and his four-wheel all-electric dragster which has completed a 322 km/h pass for the first time ever.
The vehicle that achieved this feat has been dubbed ‘Current Technology’ and its official speed clocked in at a blistering 201 mph (322 km/h) at the Tucson Dragway in Arizona, USA. The record beats the previous fastest electric dragster speed of 189 mph (304 km/h), which was set by drag racing legend Don Garlits in 2019.
According to Huff’s website, Current Technology is powered by a brushless A/C motor and 800-volt system, giving the dragster 1,950 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft (138 kg-m) of torque.
The current top speed record holder for open-wheeled fuel dragsters is held by Brittany Force, who crossed the finish line at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at an eye watering 338.17 mph (544 km/h).
It’s safe to say EV dragsters are still a long way off from catching up to their gas guzzling counterparts. However, for an open-wheel battery-powered vehicle to achieve this speed is a significant accomplishment.