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Sensors & Instrumentation Live

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/09/2019 - 26/09/2019

Sensors & Instrumentation Live will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2019 and the UK’s (more)

PPMA Show 2019

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

01/10/2019 - 03/10/2019

The UK’s largest ever event in the processing and packaging sector calendar. With over 350 exhibitors (more)

Advanced Engineering 2019

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

30/10/2019 - 31/10/2019

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Electric dragster built by engineers from Amtecs

Electric dragster built by engineers from Amtecs
Visitors to April's Drives & Controls exhibition may well have seen the Black Current electric VW Beetle on the Amtecs stand, whose engineers designed, built and race the vehicle. The world record beating electric dragster can accelerate from 0-60mph in 1.5 seconds and, in what is claimed as a world first, the car has completed the standing quarter-mile at the Santa Pod drag raceway in the UK in 9.51 seconds. The dragster's terminal speed at the finish line was more than 135mph.

Black Current was the first full-bodied electric car to complete the quarter-mile drag race in less 10.0s and further development work is currently underway with the aim of completing the quarter mile in less than 9s. For comparison, the Bugatti Veyron's official quarter-mile time is 10.2s. The dragster has completed two back-to-back runs of 9.64s, setting a new official world record, which has been ratified by the MSA and NEDRA organisations. And in 2011, the Black Current competed against petrol-powered cars in the UK VW drag racing championship and finished first on many occasions.

The Black Current is powered by a custom-built twinned series-wound DC motor, capable of producing more than 680kW (900hp). Its 378V high-power battery pack consists of 540 lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO_) batteries. The main DC controller is capable of controlling bursts of up to 2kA at 400V.
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