Batts outta heaven!

Last blog I tried to show the immense effort taken to build batteries capable of delivering 370 volts, 600kW, 2000+ amps, 1003hp, 1100lbft that weigh less than 150kg. Well, here you go. I still can’t compute the stats when I stare at this strange electrical package.

Building the perfect batts

BEHOLD, the Flux Capacitor is days away from getting powered up. This is significant milestone in my project, because of the reasons I’ve mentioned in previous blogs about sourcing the appropriate spec battery cells for a road legal EV dragster.

Stick and tyred

The Enfield 8000 Flux Capacitor was originally born with 10-inch Mini wheels and tyres. Since my project has done away with the Reliant back axle, we needed the biggest, widest, stickiest tyres we could get under the standard rear arches. Oh, and they had to be street legal because it’s too easy to claim record speeds when you’re running slicks.

Hurry up and weight

Keeping weight down to minimum is always high on the agenda when building a pure race car, but I’m wrestling with trying to keep the Flux Capacitor as normal looking (and street legal) as I can. Ok, ignoring the stance, wheels and 4-foot wheelie bars. Originally the Enfield had a single electric motor with 8hp […]

Batts outta hell (Well Korea actually…)

This is a helicopter. I’m not an aviation pervert but apparently it is a Bell AH-1 SuperCobra – an attack ‘copter that has played a major role in every U.S. military conflict since Vietnam. To start the twin turboshaft engines there is a lithium-ion battery pack. Said pack is rather potent because it also delivers […]

Screen (weight) saver

In case anyone is considering buying an Enfield 8000ECC, take note: If the windscreen is broken the car is almost certainly worthless. Why? Because although the car cleverly used many other car’s parts from the era (Hillman door handles, Reliant rear axle to name a few), the designers decided to furnish it with a bespoke […]

Making cables! (wiring for street legality)

Wiring is pretty crucial for an EV, as you can imagine. The Flux Cap had had its high voltage cabling plumbed in by Olly Young at Current Racing earlier in the year, so now it was time for the remainder of the loom to get refreshed. By remainder I mean the low voltage 12-volt stuff […]

Bumper issue

I bought my Enfield 8000 back at the start of 2012 as a non-running project. It was perfect for what I wanted, because the dead electrics were going to be removed to make way for cutting-edge digitally controlled motors and batteries. However, as modern as the guts of my street legal Flux Capacitor are, I […]

Stop for a brake

Because it was designed to live in the urban jungle and never travel beyond 40mph, the Enfield 8000’s 7-inch (non servo assisted) drum brakes seemed perfectly satisfactory in 1974… …but they were never going to be too useful on my Flux Capacitor project. For although it will weigh significantly less than the lead-acid batt laden […]

I love EV history

Half the reason I started this Flux Cap project is because I was fascinated to delve into the history of this quirky pint-sized British EV. The more I read about the development and design of the Enfield, the less I laugh and the more I realise it was a pretty decent attempt at an urban […]