Jonny Smith plans a faster, record-breaking electric drag car
Jonny Smith’s Flux Capacitor
The journalist as well as presenter wants to team up having a company to build a completely new electric or hybrid car as well as smash some more speed records
Jonny Smith is usually planning a completely new assault on the electric car records books.
The presenter as well as motoring journalist has attracted considerable attention with the Flux Capacitor, his record-breaking 1974 Enfield 8000 electric city car, which smashed speed records for a street-legal electric vehicle thanks to an upgraded powertrain with the equivalent of 800bhp as well as 1200lb ft.
however currently Jonny is usually thinking bigger, as well as wants to build a larger, faster electric or hybrid car with the backing of a company. After becoming something of an evangelist for electric cars as performance vehicles, he wants to move the game on, as well as is usually dreaming of a road-legal car which could record a 7.0sec quarter mile as well as still be exempt coming from the London Congestion Charge.
“There is usually a temptation to build something completely new,” he said. “I took on the Flux Capacitor as an experimental project to see how which would likely be perceived as well as how much fun which would likely be as a driver’s car, as well as which’s got me hook, line as well as sinker.
“which’s made so many performance road cars quite disappointing to drive currently, in terms of torque delivery as well as which instant grunt. Going back to traditional cars is usually probably out of the question for my next project, however which’ll be something performance focused.
“If I did another drag car I’d love to work having a company, as there are currently more with electric products than when I started out the Flux Capacitor in 2012. I’d love to build a actually, actually fast electric or hybrid drag car based on something else, however which would likely have to be bigger as well as longer than the Enfield.”
Jonny missed out on breaking his own world record with the Flux Capacitor at Santa Pod in Northamptonshire last weekend, due to adverse weather conditions as well as technical problems. However, he still holds the record of 9.86sec at 121mph over the quarter mile, set in July. By his own admission, though, the little Enfield has currently been pushed as hard as possible.
“I think we’ll have another crack at which, we might have one more chance by the end of the year,” he said. “however I built your vehicle to do a 12.5sec quarter mile, to beat a Tesla roadster. I never in a million years thought which would likely break into the nines. In terms of performance, your vehicle in its current state has reached its maximum potential.
“I still like piston cars as well as I’m not going to sell my Dodge Charger, however we are in a very exciting place, where Formula E is usually charging on as well as electric car sales are quadrupling each year. Tesla is usually a massive halo as well as young school kids don’t see a silent fast car as being uncool, which just happens to not make a noise.
“Seeing the PR which the Flux Capacitor has got, I would likely like to think which which would likely be easier to get a completely new project off the ground. The first ones are always way harder, as well as This specific one has become way more infamous than I thought which would likely.”
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