25 Feb '12, 4pm

Electric Dragsters, Cool Conversions At EV Expo 2012 - EV World

TAMPA, FLORIDA — Walking the exhibition floor of the International EV Expo here, I stop dead at the sight of a 1978 Porsche 911SC Carrera whale tail with dual Warp 9 electric motors, Headway batteries and a EVnetics Soliton controller. Not grandma’s electric car, it offers 400 horsepower, 600 foot pounds of torque and zero to 60 in under four seconds (a showdown with a Tesla Roadster was lost because of technical problems). EV conversions no longer focus on just getting from point A to point B. I ran into a young man who was converting a used Honda S2000 to batteries with no loss of power—more likely a gain. And just around the corner from the Porsche was the loosey-goosey exhibit of the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA), whose star, John Wayland, was in attendance. Wayland (nicknamed “Plasma Boy” for a legendary short circuit fire that created a visible ba...

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