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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
November 12, 2013 - 11:02PM-12:01AM ET
November 13, 2013 - 03:03AM-04:02AM ET
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.
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!
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.
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.
White Zombie to Star in PBS's
NOVA Series "Making Stuff Faster" October 16
NEDRA NEWS - PORTLAND (September 30, 2013) Tune in to NOVA's new series "Making Stuff Faster" on October 16 to see John Wayland's White Zombie featured in a quarter length segment of the show. For a preview, check out the series trailer. The segment was filmed in June.
NEDRA NEWS - CANADA (August 25, 2013) Layton Krauss is the first electric racer to take home the big Wally! Layton won the big guy after leading the points in the Northwest NHRA Division which includes 7 races at 4 tracks. The overall points winner is invited to Seattle to the annual NHRA presentations. As of Sept 6, Light Switch Racing Junior Dragster is in first place.
NEDRA NEWS - WASHINGTON (August 24, 2013) NEDRA had it's second annual Emerald City Joules event at Pacific Raceways in Seattle, Washington. There was a great turnout with several EVs racing. Here are some of the racing results.
Dave Denhart's 2008 Tesla Roadster - firstname.lastname@example.org mph
Eric Johanson's 2012 Nissan Leaf - email@example.com mph
Steve Lough's Mitsubishi MIEV - firstname.lastname@example.org mph
Here is a video of Rich Rudman's racing his Mustang against Dave Denhart's Tesla Roadster.
See more photos here.
NEDRA at Dyno-Doms
NEDRA NEWS - MISSOURI (August 16, 2013) NEDRA's 1/8 mile Test and Tune at Dyno-Doms in Sikeston, Missouri was a great event. Here are the results. These are 1/8 mile runs.
Fastest Non-Drag Car ET 9.369 Brian Noto - 1955 Porsche Speedster 9.369 at 73.75mph
Runner Up Non-Drag Car 9.707 Michael Bertrand - 1988 Porsche 911
Most Runs Michael Bertrand with 12 runs in his 1988 Porsche 911
Most Runs Runner Up Jon Szubski with 11 runs 2006 HHR
Honorable Mention - Jon Szubski got a rare holeshot victory in the 27th race getting by Charlie Rickman in the quicker Opel GT
Furthest Trip - John Bishop -1959 Morris Minor from Albuquerque NM
Best Overall - Michael Bertrand string of 11 very consistent runs between 9.7 and 9.9 seconds.
Fastest Drag car Run of the Day - J. Metric 7.365 at 88mph
Four new potential World Records for their class: Brian Noto, Kevin Smith, Michael Bertrand, Byron Izenbooz.
Electric Jr.wins his Age Class on his Second day on the Track!
NEDRA NEWS - OHIO (July 13, 2013) Eight year-old Mark Dubiel Jr. won the Quaker City 8-9 year-old class in the Lawless sponsored Jr. "Bat Mobile." powered by 56 volts of Milwuakee power tool batteries! This, on only his second day of racing!
Mark wasted no time getting to it. Running in the 8-9 year old 11.90 class at Quaker City in a class of 10, Mark posted consistent runs of 12.42, 12.43, and 12.45, cutting a near perfect reaction time of .0017 on one of his runs. He won his first elimination round with a light of .0735. He also made a NEDRA record in the JR/CH class.
The "Battery Mobile" or "Batt Mobile" was built by Mark's dad and his grandfather with some help from Shawn Lawless. Mark's grandfather, a dragracer himself, helped procure a trailer and components for the car which was a retired Spitzer Jr dragster from a racer at Quaker Raceway.
The batteries are 28 volt Milwaukee power tool batteries wired together in parallel and in series to produce 56 volts. Mark's dad is an electrical contractor so the Milwaukee batteries were the perfect choice for the car. They can make several runs without a recharge. The car used only .02 volts per run!
Shawn Lawless provided a permanent magnet motor and technical advice for the project. The motor controller is Curtis from a 48 volt golf cart. Pretty simple in design but effective on the track!
Bill Dube and Eva Hakansson Builds Lithium Battery Pack for Drayson Land Speed Record Lola
NEDRA NEWS - ENGLAND (July 1, 2013) Lord Paul Drayson broke a long standing electric land speeed record at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, England, smashing the previous record of 175 mph set by Battery Box General Electric in 1974. Lord Drayon drove the Lola B12/69 EV electric race car to a top speed of 204.2 mph at the racetrack over a course 1.86 miles.
The Lola was running on an A123 Systems battery pack designed and fabricated by NEDRA Members Bill Dube and
"We designed and fabricated the main (rear) pack. Then Eva and I taught the Drayson engineers how to fabricate battery packs. They then built a supplemental center pack for extra added capacity they needed for the land speed record," said Bill Dube soon after the record run.
The battery pack Bill and Eva helped build for the Lola B12 uses a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery from individual A123 cells to deliver 850 hp with a single-ratio transmission. The car has customized Rinehart motor speed controllers and Yasa motors.
Bill and Eva have several years experience building packs using A123 batteries which has been used for their record setting bike, KillaCycle, and their latest project, KillaJoule, a land speed racing streamliner motorcycle. They will be racing KillaJoule August 24 at the Salt Flats in Bonneville. Drayson will be gearing up for the FIA Formula E Championship in September 2014.
TC9 Hornet Breaks 1/8 Mile Record
NEDRA NEWS - DENMARK (July 11, 2013) True Cousins, Glenn E. Nielsen and Hans-Henrik Thomsen took their TC9 Hornet to a new 1/8 mile record for the 300 volt class Wednesday evening at Malmö Raceway with a record run of 7.07 seconds.
The previous record was 7.63 seconds. Glenn drove the TC9 Hornet through the 201 meter track at 7.40 and 7.58 seconds in the first two runs, below the old record but a little slower than they had hoped.
After making some adjustments by letting the air out of the rear tires for better grip and turning up the amps in the last two runs, they clocked a 7.07 and a 7.01 for the new 1/8 mile record.
The next goal for True Cousins is to compete in the 350 volt class where they hope to break 6 seconds in the 1/8 mile.
Miramar High School's Black Pearl
Breaks Into the 9's!
NEDRA NEWS - FLORIDA (June 15, 2013) Miramar High School Auto Shop Instructor, Lowell Simmons, took the school's 396 volt Porsche 944 to it's best time with a 9.952 second 1/4 mile at 130.90 mph beating a tubbed out turbo Supra. Despite a few Gremlins early on at Palm Beach International raceway Lowell was able to make five solid runs leading up to the Porsche's quickest time ever.
The first pass was a 10.565 and left a Dodge Challenger at half track when Lowell hit the line. Second pass was 10.115 @ 129.92 and was a bye run getting all so close to 9 seconds. Lowell learned how to play the game and waited for a car no one wanted to run then sneak into the opposite lane. Lowell figured his work was cut out when he looked over and saw the chute on the back of the Nova in the next lane. Lowell cut a marginal light .159 and left the Nova at the Gremlins caused the overdrive not to shift so only toped out at 122.28 but still ran 10.105. So close to the 9's. Now time for one more pass, no one wanted to go up against a big turbo tubbed out Supra, so Lowell took the chance. He cut a .045 light still only a 1.525 60' but then Black Pearl came to life. Crossed the line at 9.952 @ 130.90 beating the Supra's 10.946. Black Pearl was the fastest street car at the track.
Not bad for a daily driven 2910 lb full interior car with power windows built by a high school students. Lowell's next step is to get his license and certify the car's cage so he can continue to race into the 9's.
Lowell is very thankfull for the help getting the car to this goal. The Derek Barger High Tech Systems cells which make up the 15kw, 396 volt battery pack. Running 2 zillas each set at 1200 battery amps. 1 transwarp 11 and one warp eleven coupled to gear vendors overdrive. Gearing and suspension are the second best factors, running a 2.75 gear set right out of the junk yard with aNodular carrier on a Strange spool in a big bearing Ford 9 we narrowed and welded to a 4 link set up. Using advice from the school's physics class, the 4 link intersects at mid door so the car launches straight, front end raises only slightly. 275 60 15 Micky Thompson drag radials stick. Lowell proudly displays his Zilla Powered sticker in the rear quarter windows! High Tech Systems, Zilla power, and Manzanita Micro Charging: nothing finer in the world in Lowell's book!
Brandon Willmon defends 3-week winning streak with his Jr Dragster
NEDRA NEWS - ALASKA (June 11, 2013) On June 9th, 2013 Brandon Willmon defended his three week winning streak in his Electric Powered Junior Dragster (EPJD) at the local IHRA Track, Alaska Raceway Park. He is currently leading in the point standings. This marks the second year that the NHRA and IHRA have allowed electric Junior Dragsters to compete alongside their gas counterparts for official National Competition in their respective Junior Dragster Series. Brandon's dad converted this particular car, Munky's Ride, to electric several years ago for Morgan Carter, the track owner's granddaughter. Morgan is old enough to be getting into a "big car" now and so Brandon's dad bought the car from her parents. Brandon and his brother Spencer qualified for their IHRA Competition license last year in 2011 before an unfortunate accident rendered the motor inoperable. Pics of the rebuild can be seen on TheFoat site. Over the winter their dad rebuilt a $50 motor which was a pulled out of a wrecked forklift. The original conversion of this car was powered with a 12V Prestolite motor exactly the same as the late Father Time's Franken Dragon bike and a Logisystems 72V 1000A controller. It now sports a rebuilt ADC AT4-4001 6.7" motor and a Zilla 1K controller. It is still running the original Enersys XE-16's (same as the Odyssey PC-625's, and same batteries the likes of the White Zombie made it into the 11's with in the 1/4 mile) it was converted with 5 years ago. The car originally ran 10.90's in the 1/8th mile. Now with the new ADC AT4-4001 and Zilla 1K it is running consistent 10.9 times at 60 mph but with data logging capability. It is apparent now from the data coming in that the Enersys XE-16's are the limiting factor as to the ET and Trap Speeds of the car. But for Bracket Racing it is still a deadly consistent car. Brandon is calling his own "Dial In" times based on the T&T runs. The competition with the gas cars is fierce as you might see from some of the time slips. So far the winner of last year's season is dialing withing 100'ths of seconds. Brandon has won two of his final runs by "breaking out less than the competition" by hundredths of seconds. All-In-All this is a good day for the electrics around the world. We know there are other electrics out there and what a great day it will be when its EPJD Vs. EPJD in the finals.
NEDRA NEWS - DENMARK (May 13, 2013) In it's maiden run with 350 volts, Glenn Ellegaard Nielsen raced the TC9 Hornet against a twin tubo 930 HP Viper 3 times and won each time! Hans-Henrik Thomsen and Klaus Nissen Petersen reports the Hornet's best time was 7.039 in the 1/8th. Video to follow soon. Click the photo to see a large image.
NEDRA NEWS - TEXAS (April 15, 2013) NEDRA President John Metric cruised into the record books with the first electric doorslammer to break into the 5's in the 1/8 mile. This was Assault and Battery's third trip to the track after a series of test runs a couple weeks before.
First 1/8 mile run
7.1748 1/8 90.84mph
Second 1/8 mile run
6.2146 1/8 103.73mph
Third 1/8 mile run
6.1690 1/8 108.17
The hot Miata is running a 333V nominal LiPo pack built by Lithium Start with Polyquest cells. John set the Zillas for the motors to take 2000 amps at 200 volst and ran the tires at 12 psi. Check out the cool video by Dejaymadhouse which shows all the runs and introduces you to John's crew who helped make the record happen.
"Little One" Makes
Big Strides at
NEDRA NEWS - TEXAS (March 23, 2013) Stella Kostolná feels right at home behind the wheel of Zack Vex's Tesla Roadster, "The Little One." After previously taking the Production NEDRA Record of 12.58 seconds in the quarter mile (recently overtaken by a Tesla Model S) Zack and Stella were ready for more challenges and entered the sleek black electric roadster in the Texas Mile.
Running stock with new tires "The Little One" ran 125.9 mph at the end of the mile marker without hitting the rev limiter. The AC motor ran 13,500 rpm with one gear! Pack voltage from the 900 pound lithium pack was sitting at 400 volts with a maximum of 225 kW from the 6831 laptop cells. This outstanding run puts Stella on the NEDRA Land Speed Racing Page as a Production Class record. Texas Mile "Street Legal" SL-E NEDRA SP-A3. "The Little One" also received the award for Most Exotic Car at the Texas Mile.
The highest speed attained at the Texas Mile to date is 263mph, set with 3000HP, over 10 times the Tesla's 285HP.
Attending the Texas Mile with Stella and Zack was NEDRA President, John Metric and NEDRA Gulf Coast Regional Director Adam Clark.
Assault and Battery debuts at NEDRA's First of the Year TX Drags
NEDRA NEWS - TEXAS (March 25, 2013) NEDRA President, John Metric, made 4 successfull 1/8 mile runs with his newly built Miata, Assault and Battery, at Houston Motorsports Park for NEDRA's First of the Year Texas Drags. Despite the chilly weather and some drivetrain problems A&B still turned in some great shakedown runs. Check out the video where A&B ran a 1.404 60 ft and 6.5924 660 ft at 98.88mph. Ran at 1700 amps and 170 volts on each motor. 22 Ahr pack.
The tubbed out, tube frame 2002 Miata features dual Netgain Warp 9 motors, dual Zilla 2K-EHV, Lenco 2 speed, double Gear Vendors overdrive. For the test runs John turned the amps down to 1000 at 99 volts and finished up the day cranking it up to 2000 amps at 199 volts.
First 1/8 mile run
1.7262 60 ft
8.9245 660ft at 66.99mph
Second 1/8 mile run
7.0877 660ft at 91.02mph
Third 1/8 mile run
1.4045 60 ft
6.5924 660ft at 98.88mph
Fourth 1/8 mile run
6.7044 660ft at 78.78mph
After all the shakedown runs the good news is the car survived the without any carnage and John will do some further tweaking to go after the 100 mph 1/8 goal.
For the complete story of Assault and Battery's day at the track click here.
NEDRA Invited to DragTimes.com
Street Car Drags
January 27, 2013 at Palm Beach International Raceway
This event replaces our previously scheduled January 24 date for the
NEDRA Florida Winter Nationals
NEDRA NEWS - FLORIDA (January 19, 2013) Come out to NEDRA's first event of 2013, January 27, at the DragTimes.com Street Car Drags at Palm Beach International Raceway. This event reschedules our previous January 24 date for the NEDRA Florida Winter Nationals.
NEDRA was invited by DragTimes.com to come out to this exciting racing event. Check out streetcardrags.com and you'll see a couple of our electrics listed in the line up. More EV's will be signing up soon. Brooks Weisblat, owner of DragTimes.com, will be racing his newly acquired Tesla S.
Shawn Lawless will be racing Lemon Juice, his 9-second Chevy S-10 featuring four 7.5 GE motors sharing a single chain for a direct drive to a 9-inch posi rearend. Juice to the motors is provided by two 2K amp high voltage Zilla controllers. Battery power supplied by a 3500 amp lithium battery pack.
Jeff Disinger will be racing his new steet bike "Electrocutioner." Jeff's been working non-stop over the winter holidays to get the bike to the track. Also racing will be Andrew McClary's beautiful electric GT-40 and Matt Graham will be bringing an AC Propulsion E-Box.
To give you an idea of what to expect from street EVs at this upcoming race check out this video of a Tesla Model S on the dyno. See more information here.
Palm Beach International Raceway
17047 Bee Line Highway
Jupiter, FL 33478
Date: Sunday, January 27th, 2013
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Racers: $75, space is limited to 70 cars
Spectators: $5, paid at the gate.
NEDRA 2013 Calendars Available!
NEDRA celebrates 15 years of world class electric drag racing with our 2013 Calendar featuring the quickest electric drag racing vehicles on the planet including some historical "firsts." The calendar covers 16 months and features ads from prominent EV performance companies. Lulu is handling the orders. Order your calendar today for the New Year!
Our 2008 recipient goes to Mike
Willmon. Mike is the owner of the Crazy Horse Pinto and is
currently the President of NEDRA.
The Rannberg Cup honors NEDRA
members who have made a significant contribution to the sport
of electric drag racing. Ed Rannberg
was an EV racing pioneer who is the inspiration for the creation