Remember back in the early 1990’s when import cars first came onto the scene. Films like The Fast and the Furious brought them into the mainstream and in the process gave birth to a whole new type of hot-rodder. Gone were the 7.0-liter big blocks that roamed the streets in the 1960’s-1970’s and in their place came pint sized, 2.0-liter mills that were smaller, lighter and turbocharged. At first these little imports were laughed at, but over time their owners proved that they could not only be fast, but could in fact, bring some serious heat to drag strips around the world. It’s now 2011 and the hot-rodding world is changing once again, but this time around the speed is silent and the cars are not what you’d expect.
When people think of electric cars the first thing that comes to mind are small, ugly eco-boxes that come with a pair of Birkenstock sandals. For the most part, this is true, but like everything else that’s happened in the automotive world, things change. Right now we are at a turning point in the evolution of the automobile and from an enthusiasts perspective it’s actually quite exciting. Hot-rodders that once tooled around with old school big-blocks are now realizing that at places like the drag strip, electric motors may actually one day rule.
You see the electric motor makes 100% of its torque the moment the accelerator pedal is pressed, whereas a traditional gas engine takes time to build peak torque. That means that these little electric buggers that all of us car nuts are resisting so much are definitely going to have their day in court. When that happens… man oh man, are there going to be a lot of pissed off motor heads. This video demonstrates exactly what I’m talking about and while the cars owner may be a little too excited, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s onto something.