9-9-05 Re: No Interest in Electric Drag Racing?

Hello to All, but especially Jim,

Meta Bus wrote:

> As a newbie hoping to find and share information on building, maintaining and living with an EV as my main form of transportation, I also admit to having little interest in electric (or gas) drag racing.
> I find myself skipping past the NEDRA/Woodburn posts, searching for practical advice on batteries, motors, and the real-world experiences of EV-people in a petro-world.

Jim, ever hear the expression ‘Can’t see the forest for all the trees’? How about his one…’Racing improves the breed.’? Your comments are interesting, to say the least. The very posts you admit to bypassing are written by the guys who probably know more about EVs than most here on this EVDL. They are the ones that design and build the chargers, controllers, etc. that people like you, will most likely be using in your EV.

Rich Rudman, an electric drag racer and writer of these posts you skip by, makes the battery regulators and PFC chargers that have helped shape most of the conversions you’re interested in. If it weren’t for electric drag racing, there would be no PFC chargers….Rich learned from the stresses of needing to efficiently and quickly charge hungry drag EVs at the track, that the EV community needed an affordable, quality, high powered charger. We were flipping our generators’ breakers and blowing line breakers, too, at the track, when a light went off in Rich’s head about charger inefficiency.

Rod Wilde, a drag racer who holds impressive records, is president of NEDRA, and is the operator of EV Parts where may go to get EV conversion hardware, is another who you are skipping by…he’s been involved in too many EV conversions to list. His racing reports and the successes and failures of components at the track, are items you are missing out on.

Otmar Ebenhoech, owner of Cafe Electric and designer-builder of arguably the finest DC motor controller one can buy, is also an electric drag racer and proves his designs first, at the drag track…you’ve bypassed him, too. If it weren’t for electric drag racing, there probably would be no Zilla line of controllers. The first Otmar higher powered controller found its way into Rod Wilde’s RX7 racer back in ’94. The first ever Godzilla was under the hood of White Zombie in ’97, and was even named by yours truly after its monstrous performance.

Jim Husted of Hi Torque Electric, a new guy here himself, is turning out to be ‘the guy’ when it comes to the electric motors we all use in our EVs….you’re bypassing valuable information he’s been writing about drag racing, too. Wanting to know more about his craft, Jim has wisely hooked up with the electric drag racers. The lessons learned from the stresses on electric motors in electric drag racing go directly into improving street reliability for a conversion, and Jim has already put some of what he’s learned into motors intended for street conversion…the very stuff ‘you’ should be very interested in. Of course, since you’ve bene skipping the racing posts, you probably have already missed all the important info about the motor problem we had and how it’s already been diagnosed and repaired.

The newest generation of EVers like the Austin EV group of Mark, Chris, and Shawn, guys who are the geek experts and know the high tech stuff you should be concerned about when it comes to the data stream of info that now runs through most of the latest EV hardwre being made and offered for conversions, were all at the recent electric drags investing their time and extensive knowledge….yeah, you missed all their write-ups, too. You probably missed their links included in their ‘racing posts’ that lead you to valuable graphs and stats.

I’ve put together more than 100 EVs, and have contributed to the EVDL now for 11 years. I have helped in the behind the scenes design and development of many of the EV products you’ll be looking into. It’s a safe bet to say that most of the batteries EVers now use in their conversions, were tested and improved at the drag track. I was one of the very first to use Optimas, but tested them at the drag track…now they’re a common everyday conversion battery of choice. Ever hear about Exide Orbitals? Funny, it was Rudman and my extreme power tests on these batteries and they’re successful use in ‘electric drag racing’ that brought them to the foreground for conversion use.

All the above electric drag racers (with exception to Jim Husted – currently preparing his first EV…read his latest post) also drive EVs off the track, too. All the above had built these EVs themselves and have helped countless others do the same. Many of the above have been involved and helped put on EV shows, been in video productions, and have been in magazine write-ups.

Jim, I have to say that reading your post really lit me up. You’ve got the movers and shakers of the EV world freely sharing valuable lessons of how all the things you should be interested in work, hold up, get improved, and get to the market place for guys like you…..and you then say that you skip past their posts in your search for practical advice on batteries, motors, and the real-world experiences of EV-people?

See Ya…John Wayland

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One Response to 9-9-05 Re: No Interest in Electric Drag Racing?

  1. Edward Rousseau says:

    Advancements in automotive performance, safety and comfort have always
    been best served by racing. Your EVLs are bleeding edge technology. Lead on.