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Virtual Panel Event about Industrial Connectivity

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This 60-minute virtual panel discussion between industry experts will explore the intersection of connectivity (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference



Join us on 15 July 2021 on the MVC Technology Presentation Hub and explore eight online seminar theatres. (more)

PPMA Show 2021

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2021 will be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and (more)

Southern Manufacturing

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6TQ)

06/10/2021 - 07/10/2021

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (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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