Host of ‘Mud, Sweat & Gears’ Drives a 500HP Electric Hatchback
Jonny Smith, presenter on the UK’s Fifth Gear and an all around car nut, has been a mainstay of British television for years. His new show, BBC America’s Mud, Sweat & Gears, has earned Smith a good deal of screen time on US tubes as well. But when he’s not filming, he’s apparently wrenching. And his latest project is quite the machine. It’s a 1974 Enfield 8000 electric car. Way back in its early days it would have managed around eight horsepower and a top speed of 40 mph. Today, Jonny has it turned up to around 500 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Sufficient, indeed. Now watch it make a searing pass at the quarter mile. VIDEO: Watch a Challenger Hellcat get revenge on a Tesla P85D in the quarter mile
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Over the course of multiple passes, Smith dropped his quarter mile times from around 13.7 seconds to an absolutely ripping 12.62 at 101.65 mph. That’s a far cry from the Enfield’s original zero to 60 mph time of… never. Whereas the original car drew power from eight 12v lead-acid batteries, Smith’s new setup features a bank of military-grade batteries - the same type used to spool up the minigun on a Bell SuperCobra attack helicopter.
Nicknamed the Flux Capacitor, this ‘70s electric car has enough juice to rival some of today’s greats. And with a bit more tuning, it might even be able to topple the Tesla Model S P85D…which as we’ve recently seen, is blisteringly quick through the quarter mile.
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