Published on April 21st, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Electric Light Show Underneath An 8-Second EV Drag Racer
Racing enthusiasts may lament the lack of deafening noise from electric race cars, but sparks still fly when big electric motors are pushed to their limit. Lonestar EV Performance gave us this video from their “motor cam” focused on one of two 500 horsepower Netgain motors throwing literal lightning in a single-digit drag race.
While the video doesn’t specify, this is almost certainly footage of the drivetrain powering “Assault & Battery“, John Metric’s 1,000 horsepower Mazda Miata. The light show this monster motor puts on is one of the hidden treasures of electric racing, and makes reference to Metric’s other electric drag car, a Pontiac Fiero called DC Plasma.
It’s not that EVs screaming past at full pace don’t have a distinguishable sound, as Formula E proved otherwise. But compared to the mighty roar of a small-displacement, high-revving V8 or flat-six, it can seem kind of weaksauce. I was driving behind a Porsche 911 GT2, and let me tell you, that car sounds magical from the back end. I would have followed it for longer, but my little Chevy Sonic had no hope of keeping up.
I’m no fan of artificial sounds in EVs, but if electric dragsters could figure out a way to showcase these massive engines as they shoot fire…that could give the fans something to get excited about. Mount the motor in the trunk, under a plexiglass shield, where the world can watch lightning-powered cars throat-stomp traditional dragsters. It could be done. It should be done.