Screenshots courtesy CycleDrag.com
SeaTac-based Huff Motorsports’ e-Spec Racecars broke the 200MPH barrier in the quarter mile this week at the Tucson Dragstrip, making it the world’s first and ONLY electric dragster to break that threshold.
Racer Steve Huff’s previous speed record in this dragster was 185MPH.
This passion project started in 2017 after SeaTac-based Steve Huff heard legendary drag racer Don “Big Daddy” Garlits announce that he was attempting to be the first in the #QuestFor200 electric drag racing title. Garlits is known for being the first to go over 200MPH back in 1964 and is a source of inspiration in innovation in the racing world. Don’s inspiration can also be seen in the name of our electric dragster “Current Technology,” because Don said in the interview that 200MPH was not achievable with current technology.
Huff already had an innovative design and concept for a new drag racing car, and with support from partner Larry Carrell, he decided to change to an electric motor and chase the title of being the World’s first 200MPH electric dragster. It also makes for a great story, who who would ever think that a Montana oil man (Larry Carrell) could team up with a Top Fuel motorcycle racer (Steve Huff) and create the most technologically advanced electric car in the world? In addition, Derek Barger (Colorado) was brought onboard as the foremost authority in battery technology for racing. Team Carrell, Huff & Barger was formed and now lives on in history.
In 2007, Larry “Spiderman” McBride, a former competitor of Steve’s and good friend, was the first to go over 200MPH in the 1/4 mile on an electric motorcycle. But until today, no one had done it in an electric car.
Three years after being inspired, Huff’s Current Technology dragster is in its third reinvention.
Current Technology 3.0 Specs:
- 240” Wheel Base NHRA Certified 6.50 Sec Dragster
- Purpose Built Lithium Polymer Battery
- 800 Volts
- 1.6 megawatts
- 2,000 amps
- 2 Custom Wound Axial Flux dual stack motors
- 4 Rinehart 700amp Controllers
- e-Spec Racecars Custom Chassis
- 2010 lbs with driver
- 2200hp at 7000rpm
- 1770 ft/lb of torque
- Best ET 7.52sec
- Best MPH 201.07 WORLD’S FIRST 200MPH ELECTRIC DRAG CAR!
Steve Huff and the team will be returning to SeaTac soon, and look forward to the opportunity to continue their mission of promoting education and creativity to the next generation of builders, innovators, and racers.
Watch a video of Huff’s record-setting run courtesy CycleDrag.com below:
ABOUT STEVE HUFF
Steve Huff of Huff Motorsports is a 20+ year veteran of racing with teams on 2 wheels, 4 wheels and no wheels (hydroplane). He is a 14-time record setting racer on Top Fuel, Pro Drag and Land Speed racing motorcycles. Steve also races an e350 hydroplane and leads a Super Hooligan motorcycle team currently in 1st place for the National Title for 2020. In addition to racing, Steve Huff is working on development of a television series called “SPEED GEEKS – The Science of Speed” with local head writer Scott Schaefer (Bill Nye the Science Guy) and Robert Radler (Television and Movie Director) of Los Angeles. SPEED GEEKS is an education based show with lessons on math, science, and technology given through the lens of racing the World’s Fastest everything – cars, boats, motorcycles, skies, skateboards, etc.
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