84-year-old Don "Big Daddy" Garlits has managed to establish a new quarter mile record for an electric dragster.

84-year-old Don "Big Daddy" Garlits has managed to establish a new quarter mile record for an electric dragster.

If the name rings a bell that's because half a century ago he was the first to achieve 200 mph (322 km/h) inside a gasoline-powered dragster and he is considered to be the father of drag racing. Now in his mid-80s, Don took down the quarter mile record for an electric dragster by doing the run in just 7.25 seconds at 184.01 mph (296.14 km/h). He was aiming for the 200 mph mark but nevertheless still managed to improve the previous record by 24.16 mph (38.88 km/h) set in 2007 by Dennis Berube.

The record-breaking run took place at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida in Swamp Rat 37 with an electric dragster equipped with four packs of lithium-polymer batteries. Each of the pack has 300 cells for a grand total of 1,200 cells, for a maximum of 420 volts and 3,600 amps. The energy is transferred to the six 7.5-inch DC motors enabling the dragster to have an impressive output of 1,500 kW (2,011 bhp).

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