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Swamp Rat 37

NEDRA NEWS - Garlits Returns to Bradenton Motorsports Park on March 2, 2015
On March 2, 2015, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits returns to Bradenton Motorsports Park for another attempt to improve the National Electric Drag Racing Association's fastest car world record to beyond 200mph. Garlits hopes to beat his current record of 185.60 in 7.274 seconds, set last year in Swamp Rat 37 at Bradenton Motorsports Park . SR 37 is a battery powered dragster built by the “Quest for 200” team. Swamp Rat 37 has undergone some technical changes that should allow the vehicle to exceed the magical 200 MPH barrier, which includes "more powerful" batteries and the addition of a motor controller for each electric motor, this should guarantee maximum voltage for each motor during the quarter mile run. Shawn Lawless engineered the motor/drive-train combination and now is trying his hand at Swamp Rat's battery pack. Garlits said, “This should be the event where we exceed the 200 MPH record and the public and press will be allowed to attend the exhibition runs of this historic event".


Street Car Drags 2015

NEDRA NEWS - January 18, 2015 – West Palm Beach, FL

It’s not exactly unusual to see a Lamborghini or Ferrari tooling around the streets of South Florida, but every year the StreetCarDrags event brings together about a hundred of these and other exotic street cars and high performance supercars for a day of drag racing at Palm Beach International Raceway. This year, in a continuing upward trend, more than 15 percent of the competitors were driving electric vehicles, including three Tesla Model S P85Ds and eleven other variants of the Model S. But while the Teslas dominated the event as far as the number of cars competing, they did not take the top honor of quickest quarter mile elapsed time (ET) for an electric vehicle.

For the third year in a row, the National Electric Drag Racing Association has actively participated in the StreetCarDrags event. NEDRA members racing electric vehicles at the event were StreetCarDrags organizer Brooks Weisblat with his Tesla Model S P85D, NEDRA Executive Vice President Lowell Simmons with the Miramar High School Porsche 944, Bob Salem with his TVR 280i and Michel Bertrand with his Porsche 911. All four set NEDRA world records at this event. Also present for vehicle inspection and world record verification were NEDRA Southeast U.S. Regional Director and Secretary/Treasurer Matt Graham, Production Class Technical Director, Ed Fargo, and Marketing Director, Keith Howard.

The field of vehicles at the 2015 StreetCarDrags included Lamborghini Huracans and Gallardos, McLaren MP4-12Cs, several Nissan GT-Rs, a Ferrari F12 and 458 Italia, a Mercedes E63S AMG, an Audi RS7 and S8, a Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06 and a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. One of the most anticipated races was between the 700 HP 6.2L supercharged Hemi-powered Hellcat and the 690 HP dual motor Model S P85D. In spectacular fashion, Brooks Weisblat in the Tesla set a NEDRA SP/A3 quarter-mile world record of 11.683 seconds at 114 mph, while the Hellcat smoked the tires through the first eighth-mile for a disappointing finish. Later that afternoon, Brooks ran a backup time of 11.690 seconds in a tight match with the E63S AMG, which had a competitive time of 11.770 seconds. Meanwhile the other thirteen Model S vehicles made pass after pass of consistent 12-second runs.

In a race with a Tesla Model S P85D, Lowell Simmons in the Miramar High School Porsche 944 ran a quicker 10.524 second ET versus 11.925 seconds for the Tesla. Later, Lowell ran a blistering 9.967 second quarter-mile ET and set a NEDRA HM/A3 eighth-mile world record of 6.329 seconds. He also took home the prize for the best reaction time of the day, with a nearly perfect 0.003 second RT.

Long-time EV racer, Bob Salem persevered through some battery challenges early in the day, forcing him to make some changes to the pack and compete in a lower voltage division. After a few passes in the TVR, Bob set a new NEDRA SC/D eighth-mile world record of 9.128 seconds at 72.92 mph. And Michel Bertrand, who drove all the way from Montreal to Florida with the triple AC motor 911 in tow, set a NEDRA PS/F world record in the quarter-mile with a 13.888 second run at 92.21 mph. All records have been verified by NEDRA and are posted at

Matt Graham


NEDRA Production class
takes off with a
new race team

Current Attraction

NEDRA NEWS - Summerville SC, (November 23, 2014) Ed & Tammy Fargo and their “Current Attraction” Nissan LEAF have hit the Bracket racing circuit and in their first two events are showing the local ICE racers the advantages of electric racing.

Take a used 2012 Nissan Leaf, change the tires and rims, add a decal or two and go racing!
It may be slower than the usual EV drag racing vehicle, but it is a daily driver and in the first two events the team made it to the quarter and semifinals.

From the team:
Back to foot brake racing.
Since we had not foot brake raced in over a decade we had a simple goal in our first big bracket race, win a round. This was a $2400 race so some of the state’s heavy hitters were here. The no box category had 34 cars at one of the best IHRA tracks in SC. Most of the cars were purpose built race cars with a few street driven vehicles like ours. We were the only electric.
The track was familiar with NEDRA and the only question they had was the designation on the car. They liked the idea of a production class.

Current Attraction performed as we had hoped. All the runs were very consistent with a total spread of only .03 seconds all day on our dial in. Ed’s reaction times were all good as the car launched very consistently, much better than most of our earlier ICE bracket cars.

We reached our goal in the first round by beating a Mustang. Then we won the second round, the third, the fourth and making through a few more to the Semifinals before losing by .014 of a second on the total package.
It was an outstanding day. The staging track official remembered us for our Blower car days and had picked us to win the event.

Maybe next time.


NEDRA Silent Thunder
September 6 at Pacific Raceways

NEDRA NEWS - Kent, WA (September 5, 2014) NEDRA will be hosting it's Silent Thunder event at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington. There will be over 40 vehicles participating in both drag racing and a road course. Stay tuned for more news from the event. The Northwest has always been a hotbed of EV racing activity and this should be a winner.

NEDRA 1/8 Mile Nationals at
Dyno Dom's Sikeston Raceway

Blue Cobra

NEDRA NEWS - Bradenton, FL (August 20, 2014) NEDRA attended the Test-n-Tune Event put on by Dyno Dom's Sikeston Raceway. Dyno Dom himself was there to welcome NEDRA and came around to greet every driver. He was a very gracious host and asked us to come back again next year.

13 racers from all over the country, including Florida, Quebec, Minnesota, Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, New York, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana. In addition, about 20 spectators that caravan'd down from the just concluded EVCCON 2014 in Cape Girardeau MO. The largest NEDRA event this year so far which is why it's called the "1/8th Mile Nationals". It is nicely centrally located for those folks wanting to travel from the center of the states.

The track was amazing, they just concluded an event the night before, there was no rain and they freshly sprayed the track down in the morning. So the pavement was sticky left to right the entire 1/8th mile. As Bob Salem found out when he twisted his right axle off on his TVR on perhaps his first run of the day. Entry prices were low and food and drinks available for a pittance.

We were amazed at the staying power of the range packs as several guys, like Brad Gregory, Michel Bertrand, Jason Horak, Glenn Brown made pass after pass after pass. The award for the "most passes" goes to Jason Horak with at least 10 passes.

Fastest Non-drag car pass was by Glenn Brown out of Iowa City Iowa in his Blue 67 Cobra. A great technical build. Most technical way to make power was a tri-powered AC35 Titanium Porsche owned by Michel Bertrand. New world records will be applied for by Brian Noto in his 1957 Porsche Speedster, George Grant in his 76 Kawasaki drag bike, Terry Hatfield in his custom Golf Cart-modeled Dragster. Quickest dragster run of the day went to Terry Hatfield at 6.6019 @ 98.39mph Fastest/Quickest/Only Motorcycle George Grant at 7.2 @ 82mph

Brian Noto bettered his time from last year by nearly 0.5 seconds, I had to go double check his battery voltage, he ran the second run at about 30% SOC. Wow. He claimed the improvement was due to alignment changes on the chassis.

Electron Rush

They were hosting a motorcycle points event during there as well and there was a long time NEDRA member there amongst the motorcycles. It was George Grant III from Plymouth Minnesota. He drove 700 miles and was the biggest surprise of the event. He was driving a 4 motor drag bike that looked a lot like he was emulating TRON but with his own twist on the design including a gun barrel jack shaft. He may have set a new world record there with two runs at 7.2 second in the 72volt dragbike class.

Here are some details and typical speeds for some of the 72 passes recorded at the Sikeston Event. Thanks to all our competitors.

Custom Dragster
240 volts
Terry Hatfield
2002 Mazda Miata
333 Volts
John Metric
1976 Kawasaki
72 volts
George Grant
1967 Cobra Glenn Brown
1988 Porsche
Triple AC Motor
Michel Bertrand
Porsche Speedster
190 volts
Brian Noto
1984 Chevy S-10
190 volts
Ed Pezan
1987 Dodge Daytona
190 Volts
Jason Horak
1955 Porsche
72 Volts
Brad Gregory
1987 TVR 280i
154 Volts
Bob Salem
broken axle

Swamp Rat 37 builder, Shawn Lawless' first hand account of Don Garlits' latest attempt at 200 mph

SW-37 Burnout

NEDRA NEWS - Bradenton, FL (June 7, 2014) "Big Daddy" Don Garlits attempted to break 200 mph over the weekend but just fell short of that goal following a brush spring failure.

Here is a first hand account from Shawn Lawless about the weekend's amazing attempt at Bradenton Motorsports Park. This incredible account shows just what's involved to go after 200 mph on electrons. Shawn's company, Lawless Industries, is overseeing the electronic drive components of Don Garlit's Swamp Rat 37 dragster. Click on the photos for larger images.

Shawn Bradenton

Shawn Lawless: First some things we learned from the previous test on April 30.

The tranny reverser was no match for the motor torque. Don removed it entirely for this test. The low ratio was changed form 1.40:1 to 1.45:1

The rear end pinion was twisted from the massive torque. Don replaced the 3.50:1 ratio 3rd member with a much stronger Pro Gear 3.20:1 ratio unit.

The motors were pristine though the 630 chains were stressed after 8 launches. We upgraded the chains to the same 630 EK drag bike chain that we use on Rocket and replace the synthetic oil in the chain box with a special
coating fluid Don uses in his rears.

Don Garlits

Everything else on the Lawless side was the same as the first test.

Run one, 8.243 @ 160 mph. 75% power

Smoothest run to date. Getting rid of the reverser, Don's custom pro gear and setup, and the EK chain all contributed to a reduction in driveline slop. Post run inspection showed everything 100%.

Run two, 7.52 @ 173 mph:

Power was increased to just below max level battery current and to max motor voltage.

The motors are in a series wiring setup with each pair splitting the max motor voltage. The motors are good for 225 volts each but controller voltage is limited to 425 absolute max and 400 at full power. In an effort to get the most out of the motors at the top end the batteries were charged to their maximum of 420 volts. Previously we had only charged to 410. The idea was that some voltage would "burn off" during the massive burnout at the line. Unfortunately Don reported that when he went to burnout the car had no power and felt like it shut off completely. Don drove the car from the line back to the pit where we uncovered and inspected all electrical system components. All checked out good. A phone call to Otmar confirmed that we had indeed charged the batteries to far to a point where the Zillashad cut back the available motor power to almost zero to protect themselves.

Lawless crewThat was good news and bad. We had no way in the pits to bleed off the excess voltage so we sent Don on a loop that went down the strip and back the return road. By mid track the voltage had dropped to allow for some real power and Don finished out the run hard. One the way back he added some massive burnouts on the return road to further bring the voltage down closer to 400 volts. We brought Don straight around to the burnout pit and he did another big burnout. At that point I saw some sparks under the car but that is nothing I haven't seen periodically on any of our other machines during abig burnout. We discussed the sparks quickly before Don staged but at that point there was no going back to the pits and delaying the run again. The people in the stands came to see the car run not us looking at it. I told Jeff Garvin who was crew chief to send Don down the track. Just before Don shifted I saw a few sparks from the car then it was all good to the finish. Don told me after the run that he stayed in low a bit longer than he had been until he felt acceleration starting to slow then shifted and the hard acceleration returned and stayed good through the 1/4 mile. The crew at the top end saw a bit of smoke from the car. Initial inspection at the top end revealed no fire so we towed the car back to the pits and stripped off the covers. All wiring looked good. All batteries looked good. All Zillas looked good. All motor brushes, coms and holders looked good till we found the source of the smoke and sparks. What was left of a melted motor brush spring was stuck in the vent cage of motor number 4.

smoke damageAmazingly the brush was still in place! As everyone was waiting for answers we searched for a way to replace the brush spring and get back to the track but the tight design of wedging 6 motors into the chassis made it impossible to replace without removing the motor. On SW-37 this is a 4-5 hr process and it was a day killer on Sunday as there was no point in running the car on 5 motors or even on 6 motors minus every single brush. I broke the news to Don and he broke the news to his admiring fans in the pits, who to my surprise all applauded the effort! He is truly one loved racing legend!

I talked to Otmar post race and learned one more nuance of this sport. I had set the rev limiter to 8000 rpm to protect the motors during burnout. It turns out that by doing so I did more harm than good. Otmar informed me that when up against the rev limit the Zilla turns on and off at full power. So during a big time burnout at the rev limit the motors are subject to huge pulses of voltage and current several times a second, much more abuse than they ever see anywhere else. We know from experience that the 7.5 GE's can rev well past 10,000 rpm during burnouts without incident but I wanted to be conservative and set SW-37 at 8,000. The huge amount of power spikes heated the motors and brushes up to the point that the weakest spring couldn't take it and melted of and bounced around motor 4 com causing the sparks and smoke we saw. Interestingly, though all other motors and even the brushes and springs in number 4 were all in perfect shape except for the one that I now hold the remnants of!

I talked to Don this morning and have set a plan in place for the following:

  1. Raising the rev limiter to 10,000 rpm.

  2. Adding a third "burnout" position on the power switch which will limit voltage and current during burnouts while keeping the motors off of the rev

  3. Building a battery load bank and using it to cycle and drain batteries instead of using the drive system to do it. Lithionics Battery in Clearwater, FL has joined the SW-37 team and donated all of the massive locomotive resistors needed to build the bank!

  4. Adding 3 Zillas so that the motors can get max voltage of 225 without pushing the battery voltage over the 400 volt threshold.

The Lawless team will complete this work and get Big Daddy back in the car sometime in July, just before the 50th anniversary of his last 200 mph first!

"Big Daddy" Don Garlit's breaks long standing NEDRA Record

Swamp Rat 37

NEDRA NEWS - Bradenton, FL (May 3, 2014) "Big Daddy" Don Garlits broke Dennis Berube's long stading NEDRA DR/A3 record which stood unchallenged since 2007. Dennis' record at the time was 7.953 seconds at 159.85 mph.

Don's official NEDRA record breaking run at Brandenton Motorsports Park May 1 was 7.526 seconds at 178.42 mph when Don and his crew were making test runs with the dragster.

The DR/A3 record is for dragsters with a nominal voltage of 408 volts which is a measured voltage between 382.9 volts and 448.8 volts. Dennis' voltage was 390 when he made his record in 2007 and Don's voltage was 409.

NEDRA records require at least 2 runs and the ETs must be within 1 percent of each other to take the best ET.

Don also made it into two NEDRA 100 MPH Clubs. The 150 mph 1/8 Mile Club and the 175 mph 1/4 Mile Club where he joins another infamous drag racer, drag bike racer Larry "Spiderman" McBride.

Don will be taking the dragster out again in June for a go at 200 mph. He was the first to take a dragster to 200 mph in the 1/4 mile and now wants to go 200 on electric power. Initial goals for the car are 6 second 1/4 mile passes at 200 + MPH.

When Dennis found out his long standing record was broken by none other than "Big Daddy" Don Garlits he was thrilled. Check out the official time slips from Don's record run and the great video on Don's 184 mph run by Jeff Disinger.

Don Garlit's SW37 timeslips

WFORADIO Interview with
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits

Don SW 37

Follow this link to hear the electrifying inverview with Don at 37:28.

Kristen Stacy puts the
Hammerdown and breaks a
electric dragster record!

Hammerdown at Richmond

NEDRA NEWS - Richmond, VA (May 2, 2014) Kristen Stacy is showing the guys how to put the "hammer down" at Richmond Motorsports Park with a new NEDRA DR record of 7.89 seconds at 161.87 mph on her second run of the night! Click the photo above for a larger picture of Hammerdown's burnout.

Kristen's warm up run was 8.81 seconds at 142 mph. Her back-up run was a respectable 7.940 seconds at 159.80 mph. The 7.89 record makes Kristen the quickest woman in an EV to hit the drag strip. Check out the video of Kristen's 159.80 run.

Hammerdown features the one and only Zilla Z4K in existence. Yes, that's right. A 4000 amp speed controller which was producing over 3000 Amps for these runs! Who knows what it could do a full power!

Hammerdown is an electric dragster built by Lawless Industries who also built Don Garlit's Swamp Rat 37. Hammerdown, when it was called Matrix, was featured in an episode of Top Gear in the 2013 season. With Kristen at the wheel and her top notch crew at Lawless Industries we can expect to see more records this racing season.

Kristen and Hammerdown

Big Daddy Don Garlit's tests
Swamp Rat 37 and breaks 180 mph!

Swamp Rat 37

NEDRA NEWS - Bradenton, FL (April 30, 2014) "Big Daddy" Don Garlits took it to the pavement and blasted Swamp Rat 37 to a best test run of 184 mph Thursday at Bradenton Motorsports park in the "Quest for 200 MPH on Batteries."

The dragster arrived at the track with High Tech System's brand new uncycled lithium battery packs. So Don ran a couple warm up runs to get the electrons moving. The first was 10.05 seconds at 129 mph on 33 percent power. Next warm up run was 8.74 seconds at 150.95 at 50 percent power. They decided to crank it up the amps more but blew a couple 800 amps fuses. After dialing down the amps, Don ran a 7.526 second run at 178.42 mph with power at less than 90% then a last run of 7.258 seconds at 184.01 mph after no charge and hot lapping after an 1/8 mile burn out while trying to run opposite lane. The GE motors didn't even get warm. 200 mph is just around the corner.

Many NEDRA members who are part of the SW-37 crew and to witness the event were there. Helping to turn some wrenches was NEDRA Vice President Lowell Simmons, Jeff Disinger who was part of the team that inspired the idea of SW-37 helped in the pits, Tim Meehan, a former Lawless Team driver, Bob Salem was there with his NEDRA hat to support the crew and former NEDRA President Shawn Lawless whose company, Lawless Industries, designed SW-37s electric drive system and has been an integral part of the build from the beginning.

The dragster uses components built and designed by NEDRA members including Otmar Ebenhoech's Manzanita Micro Zilla 2K controllers that Swamp Rat 37 uses 3 of. The 1.5 megawatt battery pack was designed and built by NEDRA sponsor, Derek Barger of High Tech System. Derek has supplied many of NEDRA records setting racers with custom lithium battery packs over the years. And of course Rich Rudman whose company, Manzanita Micro has been a vital part of the project in supplying parts.

The idea for SW-37 was the brainchild of Don Garlits and Mike Gerry with Mike's excellent dragster building skills. It would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors:

Dynamic Machine
Brad Hadman Race Cars
Crescent Electric
Don Garlits Museum of Racing
High Tech Systems
Manzanita Micro
Lawless Industries
Mark Williams
B&J Transmissions

"Big Daddy" was the first to take a car to 200 mph in the 1/4 mile and now wants to go 200 on electric power. Initial goals for the car are 6 second 1/4 mile passes at 200 + MPH.

Don Garlits with SW-37

Big Daddy Don Garlit's
to test race Swamp Rat 37

NEDRA NEWS - Ocala, FL (April 29, 2014) "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and the Swamp Rat 37 "Quest for 200 MPH on Batteries" EV Dragster will have a full systems test on April 30 in at Florida's Bradenton Motorsports Park. The test is open to the public for a nominal $10 facility fee.

The SR-37 team will converge today at "Don's Garage" at the world-famous "Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing" for the final installation of the battery pack and integration of the motors and Manzanita Micro "Zilla" Controllers. Garlits will be joined by battery engineer Derek Barger of HighTech Systems LLC who recently completed the incredible 1.5 megawatt 2014 SR-37 Lithium Polymer battery package. Shawn Lawless of Lawless Industries will be on hand to tune and tweak the 6-pack of GE motors furnished by Crescent Electrical Supply Company.

The Quest Dragster is designed and constructed to be the first battery-electric dragster to exceed 200 mph on a quarter-mile drag strip. The dragster will be powered by a 1500-kilowatt array of lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries producing an equivalent horsepower rating of over 2,000 horsepower.

The Quest for 200 MPH on Batteries dragster was built by Brad Hadman, created by Mike Gerry with art direction by Kenny Youngblood, car and logo graphics by Eric Reyes and print graphics by Tommy Naccarato.

Congratulations to all the NEDRA members who are a vital part of this project.

Lowell Simmons puts the Hammerdown in the 8's and gets his IHRA License

NEDRA NEWS - Palm Beach, FL (March 30, 2014) Mirmar High School Automotive Instructor and NEDRA racer, Lowell Simmons earned his IHRA License this past weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway doing the five required runs using the Lawless Industries Hammerdown dragster.

After racing the five runs for the license, he put the Hammerdown for a high-seven to get an electric dragster record. Unfortunately, the ET was another 8.37 second run, same as the previous one, with the same 1.15 second 60' time at 148.7 mph. But the season is still early and there will be more opportunities ahead.

Lowell in Hammerdown

Matt Graham's "Joule Injected" Nissan SX comes out of retirement and blasts an 11.7

NEDRA NEWS - Palm Beach, FL (March 30, 2014) Matt Graham's Nissan SX is no stranger to the drag strip. In 2006 the SX blasted through the traps at just over 100 mph! But with twins on the way and other commitments, the car was garaged. Matt later had the students at Miramar HS upgrade the car under the direction of Automotive Insruction Lowell Simmons with upgrades including a fresh 400 volt lithium battery pack and cleaning up the dual motor Warp 9s fed by two 2k Zilla speed controllers. Lowell took it for a test spin at Palm Beach International Raceway and blasted down the quarter at 11.7 seconds at 104 mph which is just as quick as a Tesla Model S!

Matt, Lowell and the kids at Miramar HS are to be congratulated on this awesome achievement.

John Metric Breaks into the 8's
with his electric Miata

Assault and Battery Timeslip

NEDRA NEWS - Baytown, TX (March 15, 2014) Breaking the 8's has been a goal electric drag racers with street based electric cars also known as "door slammers" have been attempting to achieve for quite awhile. John Metric finally did it with his electric Miata, Assault and Battery Friday night at Royal Purple raceway with a 1/4 mile time of 8.913 seconds at 147.99 mph. It's also the first doorslammer to break 125 mph in the 1/8 mile!

Here is John Metric's on the scene account.

We went to Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown instead of HMP due to rain in Houston. The nearly 2 hour drive and showing up about 1.5 hours late paid off.
lately we have been running with both zillas maxed to 2000amps and motor volts at 210V.

This clips the zilla power limit back to about 1700amps near 200V. The only real adjustments we have been making is to the stance, four link pre-load and spring heights. It has made a huge difference. The car finally is getting the front end in the air and it is not twisting the chassis over on its right side anymore. It was leaving nice and straight on a test-n-tune night.

The warm up run was 9.364 at 143.16mph 1.47 60ft at 15psi.

Second run, only change was we dropped to 13psi, we left really strong but right about the 1/8th mile at 120mph both controllers tripped and I coasted down the track. But they came back after the race. It was like an overspeed protection, I will have to check the sensor. Not sure what happened. However, That run was 9.379 at 120mph
Third run only change we made was to drop to 11psi. The car raised up on its rear tires and felt really good.

60ft was 1.349
1/8th mile 5.730 126.26mph
1/4 mile 8.913 147.99mph.

So in summary, for a short day, nearly a rain out. Assault & Battery blasted past the 9.0 second barrier and posted a 8.913 147.99 mph.

First door car in the eights (ET Club), first door car over 125mph in the eighth(Roger Hedlund Club), and we will apply for eighth mile record 5.730 126.26mph.
Thanks to all the folks that make it possible.

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NEDRA Florida Nationals and
DragTime Street Car Drags
January 26, 2014
Palm Beach International Raceway

NEDRA NEWS - Palm Beach (January 12, 2014) NEDRA will feature it's first event of the year in conjuction with the DragTimes Street Car Drags at Palm Beach International Raceway January 26, 2014. This event will feature the quickest street EVs such as the Tesla Model S to the Matrix Dragster which was recently featured on Top Gear. Local NEDRA Racer and NEDRA President Lowell Simmons will be racing the Miramar High School Porsche 944. NEDRA President John Metric will be coming from Texas to race his record breaking electric Miata, Assault and Battery.

The video shows the NEDRA Record DragTimes founder Brooks Weisblat, made in 2013 at the event with his Telsa Model S. He'll be racing the Tesla again to see if he can top his record.

The EVs that will be racing include:

1984 Porsche 944 Electric - Lowell Simmons
2013 Tesla Model S - Brooks Weisblat
Matrix Dragster - Shawn Lawless
Assault and Battery electric Miata - John Metric
1987 electric TVR 280 Electric - Robert Salem

Palm Beach International Raceway
17047 Bee Line Highway
Jupiter, FL 33478

Date: Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

For more information contact:

CBS Evening News
Features NEDRA and John Metric

Assault and Battery

NEDRA NEWS - New York (December 3, 2013) The CBS Evening News featured NEDRA and John Metric's Miata, Assault and Battery Tuesday night with Scott Pelly. The segment was about the future of electric racing. John gave a great interview. A video is worth 10,000 words so check it out.

Jeff "Dice" Disinger Appears in Premier Issue of NewMotor 001

The Diceman Runneth

NEDRA NEWS - New York (November 30, 2013) Check out The premiere edition, NewMotor 001! Featuring an interview with NEDRA Member, Jeff Disinger, EV drag racer and creative genius, with ten minutes of video. Also in this issue: interview with SAAB Public Relations Officer Mikael Östlund regarding their EV plans, and photos and an interview with Fiat 500e chief engineer Brett Glem. Internet access required to view videos. About NewMotor...NewMotor covers Alternative Fuel Vehicles (EVs, hybrids, Fuel Cell, etc...) and the people that make them go.

The issue is available from iTunes. Follow this link for more information and to download your copy today!


NEDRA Racers on History Channel's Top Gear Re-Airs Nov 12, 2013
at 11:00 pm ET!

Lemon Juice

NEDRA NEWS - MICHIGAN (November 12, 2013) Tune in to Top Gear on the History Channel Tuesday, November 12, 2013 for a re-air of the last week's episode. See show hosts Adam, Rutledge, and Tanner take a spin in the Black Pearl - Miramar High School's electric Porsche 944, Lemon Juice - Shawn Lawless' electric S-10 and the Matrix dragster. Filmed at Milan Dragway in Michigan. This is a great episode! The NEDRA racers appear at the beginning so be sure to tune in early.

Show airings:

November 12, 2013 - 11:02PM-12:01AM ET
November 13, 2013 - 03:03AM-04:02AM ET

Rutledge and Tanner

Tanner driving the Matrix

Assault and Battery Sets New 1/4 Mile Record at
9.12 Seconds at 145 mph!

NEDRA NEWS - TEXAS (October 11, 2013) NEDRA President John Metric took his Miata, Assault and Battery to an all-time 1/4 mile record for a door slammer at Royal Purple Raceway with a best time of 9.12 at 145 mph!

John ran Assault and Battery with a newly installed 333 volt LiPo pack and two 2000 amp Zilla controllers feeding dual NetGain 9-inch motors. For the first run, John was conservative and set the battery amps to 900 on both speed controllers and sag voltage to 300V.

When he approached the line he accidently knocked the line lock switch off its mount so he had to do the burnout the old fashioned way. At fir,t the car spun the wheels off the line but caught traction a fraction of a second later. John kept pulling it straight and made it down the track. Just for kicks he pulled the parachute and turned a respectable time for his first run which was his best time so far with the car.

60ft 1.578
330' 4.108
660' 6.250 114.42mph
1320' 9.745 139.70mph

The new pack stayed strong and beat the Mustang by .01 seconds.

With a 9.5 run in his sights and the pack warmed up which should gain more HP, John deflated the tires a couple PSI to gain more traction. He told his crew he was planning to leave the Zillas set at 900 amps but John's son yells, "900amps, 900amps, I didn't come all this way to run 900amps." So dad, raised it to 1100amps. Unfortunately, the battery charger was having some programming issues so John was only running the charger at 1/3 power so he charged the lithium batteries the best he could before the second run.

To add some drama to the evening John's Miata danced off the line on it's second run. He had a good burnout, but the front tires went up in the air and the car pirouetted and took a hard right turn directly towards the truck in the other lane. When the wheels came back down the car jerked violently back to the left, but he was able to gain control.

Back in the pits John's crew lowered the tire pressure some more, fixed the line lock switch holder, decided to try to feather on the power with his foot versus just mashing it. Another hour goes by and they head up to the front again for the third launch. John figured he had two good runs left fot the night.

At the line John does a massive burnout and with the latest settings pulls a 9.1!

60ft 1.312
330' 3.729
660' 5.793 118.29mph
1320' 9.161 144.23mph

John deploys the chute for kicks and beat a black Mustang this time.

At this point John is contemplating the eights but decides not to get greedy with the settings and leaves everything where it is and try another run. With five minutes left before the track closes John makes his fastest past ever.

60' 1.315
330' 3.771
660' 5.802 120.88mph
1320' 9.122 145.16mph

John has a new NEDRA XS/A2 Record. He would like to thank his crew and fellow EV enthusiasts who came out including Nathan Metric, Adam Clark, Kevin Douglass and wife, Keith Howard and Wife (who both drove their EVs.

John's 9.12 ET

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