Delta Secondary drag racing team sets Canadian record
Students at Delta Secondary set a new Canadian class record during the last BCSSMA (British Columbia Secondary School Motorsport Association) race day at Mission Raceway Park on Sept. 28.
With DSS automotive student Chris McCluskie behind the wheel, the DSS fully-electric drag truck was propelled to a speed of 88.79 mph in 14.633 seconds.
DSS automotive instructor Casey Mynott said as with all race vehicles, the revisions to the truck are never finished.
"Last school year we had completed many modifications to the truck to ensure more power and better traction," he said.
The team got four runs in on race day, and made modifications to the tire pressure based on performances in their quarter-mile times.
At one point during the day the vehicle stopped erratically and a shower of sparks was seen coming from under the hood. Further inspection showed the reverse switch had arced under intense load and the controller was pumping out 180 volts and 2,000 amps to the motor at the time.
"If one were to do some math, this is about 485 horse power worth of electrons," said Mynott.
Some new students to the team were also able to experience what it's like to drive an electric drag race vehicle and feel the rush of 'push you back in your seat' 400 foot pounds of instant ground pounding torque.
The electric drag-racing truck is, according to Mynott, Canada's first and only official record holder for a full size 100-per-cent electric drag racing vehicle.
You can check out Picasa web album of pics from the day right here.