Drag-racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits failed to hit his intended target of getting the electric dragster of his to surpass the mythical 200-mile-per-hour mark, although he has managed to inch closer to his goal, and you can be dead sure that a man of his stature would definitely keep on trying along with the rest of his team. While Garlits did not touch the 200mph mark, his achievement of touching 184 miles per hour is also quite impressive.
After all, he is already 82 years old, and with Garlits racing his SR-37 dragster at Florida’s Brandenton Motorsports Park last week, managed to complete his run and came out of it unhurt. The first trial run maxed out at a relatively leisurely 129 mph (with the ride’s throttle being pushed at 30 percent power), while hitting a maximum speed of 184.01mph in his final run at 7.26 seconds. The huge lithium-polymer battery pack gets the job done, delivering a maximum power of 1,500 kilowatts, which is roughly the equivalent of over 2,000 horsepower, now how about that?
I wonder which insurance company would want to undertake Garlits’ case when he indulges himself in such high risk activity, especially at his age where most folks would prefer to just sit by the patio and sip on some afternoon tea instead.