The Flux Capacitor Delights Fans With Burnouts (w/Video)

The Flux Capacitor is a battery electric drag racer based on a 1975 Enfield Electric. Straight from the factory, the Enfield had a massively underwhelming 6 horsepower and a whole bunch of lead acid batteries. Today, thanks to the tender ministrations of Jonny Smith, the 68″ long Enfield now packs a lithium-ion battery pack made up of 144 Kokam cells.

Flux Capacitor

The Flux Capacitor has 600 kW of power and feeds 2,000 amps to two Current Racing electric motors. Combined output is 1,003 horsepower and more than 1,288 ft-lbs of torque. The Enfield weighs 200 lbs less than it did when it left the factory — 1,945 lbs versus 2,150. In fact, the whole car, battery pack and all, weighs less than the battery for a Tesla Model S. Needless to say, the Flux Capacitor is fast. It’s best run at the drag strip is 10.84 seconds at 121.11 mph. It hit 102 mph in 6.9 seconds during that pass down the race track.

Jonny Smith is a man with a sense of humor. Otherwise he would not have taken the name for his unusual racer from the time-travelling Delorean in the movie Back To The Future. Recently, he brought his car to England’s Car Fest, where he delighted the spectators with a lifetime worth of smoky burnouts — something the Flux Capacitor can perform at will.

Smith made a video of his exploits at Car Fest and set it all to wacky pre-techno-pop music, including some sounds you may recognize from when you played video games on your Atari television game console. The festival organizers even gave Smith and the Flux Capacitor an award for the most impressive burnouts at this year’s event. That’s despite all the internal combustion–powered competitors on hand.

Smith says on his blog that he is working on making his diminutive racer even faster, even though it is currently the fastest street-legal electric drag racer in Europe. Enjoy his video, which was brought to our attention by Zachary Shahan, editor in chief of CleanTechica and electric car fan extraordinaire.

Steve Hanley

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