Flux Capacitor Become The World’s Quickest Street Legal EV – 9.86 Seconds (Quarter Mile)

JUL 31 2016 BY MARK KANE 12

The Flux Capacitor (a rescued Enfield 8000 from the 1970s) once again amazes.

Recently, this tiny two-seater smashed the world record for quickest street legal EV in Santa Pod, UK.

The Enfield 8000 (Flux Capacitor) smashes world speed record

The Enfield 8000 (Flux Capacitor) smashes world speed record

Motoring journalist, and serial car modifier, Jonny Smith set 9.86 seconds at 121 mph. Better than White Zombie (10.25 seconds).

Videos are available below (see also Flux Capacitor in Fully Charged).

“The Enfield 8000, a forgotten city car built on the Isle of Wight in the oil crisis era, stormed through the quarter mile sprint at Santa Pod on Saturday in a record-smashing 9.86 seconds at an average 121mph.

Originally boasting just 8hp, the car dubbed the Flux Capacitor now packs more than 800bhp, 1,200lbft of torque and quietly rockets to 113mph in six seconds.

To put that in perspective, it outpaces modern supercars like the Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren’s 650S, a Porsche 911 Turbo S, Nissan GT-R and even Tesla’s incredibly capable P90D electric car.

Jonny snatched the world record, which stood at 10.25 seconds, from the car that inspired him in the first place – an electric converted old Datsun owned by John Wayland from Portland, Oregon.”

The Enfield 8000 (Flux Capacitor) smashes world speed record - Times

The Enfield 8000 (Flux Capacitor) smashes world speed record – Times

Enfield 8000 (Flux Capacitor)

Enfield 8000 (Flux Capacitor)

“Jonny rescued the Enfield, then a flood-damaged write-off, four years ago, and restored the car before adding 21st century electric technology.

The car is powered by 188 lithium-ion battery cells built into enclosures under the bonnet and boot, generating 2000 amps and 400 volts to a pair of DC 9-inch motors to drive the back wheels.

These batteries are normally seen running the miniguns and starting the engines of a Bell Super Cobra attack helicopter, but built for the car by Hyperdrive Innovations in Sunderland.

Despite reaching 100mph in under 6 seconds and only being 112″ (2.8 metres) long, Jonny’s Enfield is still road legal, tax exempt and London congestion charge exempt.

As part of the drag racing series he competes in, the Street Eliminator entrants must prove their road worthiness as part of the qualifying process by way of a mandatory 26-mile cruise around Northamptonshire.

Being road legal means the car has to run treaded tyres, and no wheelie bars, which might help the 68″ (1.7 metre) wheelbase to stay straight under full acceleration.

But even without them, the Flux Capacitor runs straight and true – and very, very fast.”

Jonny Smith's Flux Capacitor electric hot rod

Jonny Smith’s Flux Capacitor electric hot rod

Jonny Smith, who has presented TV’s Fifth Gear since 2006, approached Adrian Flux to sponsor his dream four years ago, said:

“I’m in awe of what this little yellow thing can cope with,”

“Despite so many racers telling me that a 68-inch wheelbase car could never safely go as fast as we wanted, the Enfield has proved them wrong.

“Originally the car was designed to drive up to speeds of 40mph. Now it triples the speed within quarter of a mile without any aerodynamic alterations – which is testament to the original design.

“The original designer John Ackroyd, who spent a lot of budget on the aerodynamics, and went on to work with Richard Noble on Thrust 2.

“The car never feels like it is out of its comfort zone. To be honest I have disconnected the speedo, and just drive it by feel. You quickly forget how small it is when the lights go green. The instant electric torque delivery is something I have never experienced in over 15 years of driving and testing sports cars.

“I set out to build a British electric hot rod. I hope I’ve achieved something leftfield enough to prove that David certainly can beat Goliath.

“I’m deeply thankful to all of the positive support from my sponsors, without which I couldn’t have achieved this at all – Adrian Flux insurance, Hyperdrive, Gas It, Vintage VDB watches, Castor Vali global risk management and Andriaki Shipping company.”

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12 Comments on "Flux Capacitor Become The World’s Quickest Street Legal EV – 9.86 Seconds (Quarter Mile)"

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faster than the Zombie 222, but i’d take the zombie any day over this shoe.

If you don’t love it, you haven’t got a sense of humor! Amazing little thing, and Robert (of Fully Charged) couldn’t stop smiling when he drove it!

Wow! Cool, very cool!?

Never underestimate what can be achieved by hungry Englishman in his garden shed.

“To put that in perspective, it outpaces modern supercars like the Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren’s 650S, a Porsche 911 Turbo S, Nissan GT-R”
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I like the fact a 1970 Enfield 8000 and a 1972 Datsun are both faster than these supercars.

Quicker, not faster.

Too bad they are pitting against a fossil burner. That makes it look like it’s producing a lot of noise and I don’t like that.

What I want to know is: Why is the Flux Capacitor shown smoking its rear wheels? There is actually a valid reason for at least some gasmobile drag racers to do this; to spin up the drivetrain preparing for a launch. But with an EV powertrain, all you’re doing is wearing out your tires and wasting energy.

My guess is that the Flux Capacitor was smoking its wheels just to please the crowd. 🙁

Smoking the tire rise the rubber temperature and make them a lot more stickier, so you have more traction at the expense of wearing more of the tire.
It’s a show also, nevertheless it help launch with less slipping.

“to spin up the drivetrain preparing for a launch”?
So how would ‘spinning it up’ and then stopping it ‘prepare’ you for a launch?

I’d love to see this against a P90D anytime!

That was Jonny’s goal from the very beginning. To be able to beat a Roadster.