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And when you think about the circumstances, it's easy to see why.
What I'm referring to is an electric powered drag racer known as the White Zombie. This modified Datsun (not Nissan, no less) has been starring in the most popular complementary video on the Wall Street Journal site, which keys on how its owner packed it with high power density electric propulsion to best all its internal combustion competitors.
But considering how an electric motor produces its maximum torque at the lowest speeds, these results shouldn't be surprising.
The video also points out howin modern sporting traditionsome conventional dragster owners sought to have the electric racers banned. That move resulted in owners of the "electron burners" forming the National Electric Drag Racing Association, which eventually led to these torqued-out vehicles receiving official NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) sanctioning.