There's a new EV 1/4-mile speed record and the car is from the '70s

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Enfield 8000 sets a new EV speed record

Enfield 8000 sets a new EV speed record

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The Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S has no doubt proven that electric vehicles can be quick. Just wander over to YouTube and you can quickly find many videos showcasing Ludicrous mode in action against a variety of supercars and sports cars. There are a few EVs out there, however, that make Ludicrious mode look like child's play.

The latest such machine was originally built in the 1970s, and today it earned a world EV speed record.

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You've most likely never heard of the Enfield 8000. That's because it's a tiny city car built on the Isle of Wright. It was produced during the oil crisis, and it hobbled along with its 8 horsepower engine. The version above? It's been modified a bit and now sees 800 hp and 1,200 pound-feet of torque flowing out to its hard working tires.

The car was run down the quarter mile and managed to cross the line in just 9.86 seconds. The trap speed was 121 mph. The previous record, set by a modified Datsun, was 10.25 seconds. How did the Enfield manage to produce such grunt? It's engine has been replaced with 188 lithium-ion battery cells that power a pair of motors. These motors in turn send power to the rear wheels.

Now we think it's time to make the Enfield 8000D. Add two more motors up front to power the front wheels and push that time lower and the trap speed higher.

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