Even hot-rodders are getting in on the EV action!
When it comes to motorsport, drag racing has to be one of the most popular types of racing in the US, with a history stretching back nearly a century. In that time we've seen everything from hotrods, all the way through to top fuel racers hit the strip in the quest for the lowest quarter-mile times possible. With the rise of the electric vehicle, drag racing is slowly being forced to acknowledge this new form of propulsion, especially when you consider the fact that major car manufacturers will be going fully electric in the near future. Cars such as the Tesla Model S have proven that EVs can move down the strip rapidly, and now the National Hot Rod Association is planning to pledge its commitment to the future of EVs in this sport.
The NHRA is currently in talks with manufacturers to ensure that the future of EV drag racing is as safe as possible, and to come to some sort of an agreement over advertising rights. In a recent press release Ned Walliser, NHRA Vice President for Competition made it clear how excited the organization is: "It's certainly no secret that electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular with consumers, and the technology associated with them continues to move forward at a rapid pace. At NHRA, we are eager to keep pace with the latest developments in EV technology."
EVs have been reaching new milestones in recent months, with Steve Huff breaking the 200 mph barrier at the Tucson Dragway with a quarter-mile time of 7.52 seconds at 201.7 mph in an electric dragster. The NHRA will be inviting industry leaders to the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway taking place from 12 to 14 March to show off the latest and greatest tech, and we're sure at least some of it will pave the way for more Chevy eCOPO Camaros and Mustang Cobra Jets.
The NHRA, however, is still extremely loyal to its gas-powered brethren: "There are many potential benefits associated with expanding NHRA's footprint in regard to EV technology. That being said, we certainly have no intentions of abandoning our current platform, which has proven to be extremely popular with racers and fans alike." Walliser concludes.