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What would you consider as a speed world record smashing car? Perhaps a power loaded Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren 650S, Porsche Turbo S, Nissan GT-R or Tesla P90D? No, it is laughing stock of seventies, anything but 'mighty', tiny Enfield 8000.


The genius behind the project was british motoring jurnalist and serial car modifier Johnny Smith, who took inspiration from previous record beater - electric converted old Datsun owned by John Wayland from Portland Ohio, who managed quarter mille in 10.25 second.

Johnny used just 9.86 second for the same distance, which he covered with the average speed of 121 mph or 195 km/h on the Santa Pod Raceway last Saturday. The basis for record braking car was old age Enfield 8000, which was originally fited with 8 hp electric motor fueled by led acid batteries. Johnny instead equiped it with 800 bhp and 1627 Nm electric engine, which rockets it to 113 mph (182 km/h) in just six seconds. The engine is powered by 188 lithium-ion battery cells built into enclousers under the bonet and boot.

The most intriguing fact is, that despite its huge capabilities Smith's Enfield, dubbed Johnny's Flux Capacitor, is totaly road legal, tax exempt and even London congestion charge exempt.

July 21, 2016 Driving photo: Newspress

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