A dragster is the ultimate expression of the automobile mechanics to achieve a single purpose: to accelerate to the highest speed possible in the shortest possible time. For this dragster powered by gasoline, petrol, or better, ethanol, are truly special, starting from the engine that must withstand gunfire and energy mechanical absurd, so much so that he can give up the cooling cavities for the flow of water, thus weakening the structure) and ask for a review and full rebuild after each launch.
Electric motors, as we well know, have a advantage inevitable, or to be able to provide torque, and therefore power, in an instant, from 0 rpm. No other engine could fulfil better, then, to the role in a car where acceleration is everything. In fact, the australian company HyperPower has developed unnuovo electric motor (cover photo), called QFM-360-X and capable of generating 1 MegaWatt of power in a single unit.
Its use was now made real on a prototype of the dragster, where potentially you may fit in series 10 motor units, but for the purpose, were used 4, providing the equivalent of 5,500 horsepower electric, which have an acceleration that is very different from internal combustion engines dear to us. Suffice it to say that the mathematical models of the vehicle and provide data on acceleration and maximum speed of a mind-BOGGLING
From zero to two hundred (0-200 km/h in 0.8 seconds
From zero to four hundred (0-400 km/h in 2.9 seconds
From zero to cinquecentotrenta (0-530) km/h in 3.7 seconds
And a maximum speed of 612 Km/h. In short, a atronave, which, especially in the early stages of acceleration, take it to the limit of endurance of G forces without permanent damage to the pilot and that promises sparks. All that remains is to wait for the first test.