Drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and SR-37
Don Garlits, known as "Big Daddy," is considered the father of drag racing - electric or otherwise.
Big Daddy would like to pass 200 mph in an EV dragster on a ¼ mile drag strip on the 50th anniversary of his historic first official 200 mph pass in 1964.
Currently, the only EV that has exceeded 200 mph was the Lawless Rocket drag motorcycle. Driver Larry "Spiderman" McBride did 6.940 @ 201.37 mph in 2012.
Now, Big Daddy claims he can go even faster and will have fastest EV dragster since Dennis Berube's Current Eliminator V, which was able to do 7.956 @ 159.85 mph in 2007.
To set new record, Don Garlits will need a new electric dragster - the SR-37.
SR-37 will have 1.5 MW of peak power battery pack (li-po) and six DC series wound motors, which hopefully will be strong enough to utilize all amperes supplied from three Zillas.
Electric SR-37 is now under construction with the help of Lawless Industries. Crescent Electric Supply donated six 7.5” GE motors. Derek Barger/HighTech Systems LLC will assemble the battery pack.
Tests are scheduled for Spring and by this Summer the team should be able to try to exceed 200 mph. This is the quest - Quest for 200MPH.
SR-37 press release