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Land Speed Racing

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NEDRA Members' Land Speed Racing Results

The following records were made by NEDRA Members at sanctioned land speed events organized by official land speed racing organizations and tracks. The track class and NEDRA class/div will both be listed.

Class,
Division
Vehicle, Driver, Owner, Sponsor
Course Type, Length
Speed
Timing Authority,
Event,
Location,
Date
MPS/E-A3


Driver: Frank John
Owner: Frank John
Standing Start 1.5 mile 201.645
1.0 mile
206.847
1.5 mile
Harvest Event
Sept. 4, 2016
APS/E-A2


Electracutioner
Driver: Jeff Disinger
Owner: Jeff Disinger
Standing Start 1.0 mile 169.1729
1.0 mile

ECTA Ohio Mile
May 5, 2015

SL<190-E NEDRA:PS/AAA


Zombie 222
Driver: Mitch Medford
Owner: Mitch Medford
Sponsor:
Standing Start 0.5 Mile

165.3mph
0.5 Mile
Ellington Field
June, 2015
SL<190-E NEDRA:PS/AAA


Zombie 222
Driver: Mitch Medford
Owner: Mitch Medford
Sponsor:
Standing Start 1.0 Mile

174.2mph
1.0 Mile
156.2mph
0.5 Mile
The Texas Mile
Beeville, TX
Chase Field
March 27,2015
LTA:APS/E-A2
NEDRA:SMC/A2
E-BUSA
Driver: Frank John
Owner: Frank John
Standing Start
1.5 Mile
140.48 mph
1.5 Mile
139.98mph
1.0 Mile
Loring Timing Association
2014 Harvest Event
Loring Maine
August 30, 2014
LTA:APS/E-A3
NEDRA:SMC/A3
E-BUSA
Driver: Frank John
Owner: Frank John
Standing Start
1.5 Mile
140.33 mph
1.5 Mile
138.87mph
1.0 Mile
Loring Timing Association
2014 Harvest Event
Loring Maine
August 30, 2014
NSL <190mph
NEDRA:XS/A2
368V
2475lbs
Assault and Battery
Driver: John Metric
Owner: John Metric
Sponsor: Netgain/Helwig
Standing Start
0.5 Mile
165.5 mph
0.5 Mile
145.6mph
0.25 Mile
The Houston Mile
Houston, TX
Ellington Field
May 17, 2014
SL<190-E NEDRA:SP/AAA The Little One
Driver: Hella "Stella" Kostolna
Owner: Zack Vex
Sponsor: ZVEX Effects
Standing Start
1.0 Mile
125.09 mph

Half Mile
118.1 mph

The Texas Mile
Beeville, TX
Chase Field
March 23, 2013
LTA:SCS/E-349+ NEDRA:CV/AAA KillaJoule
Driver: Eva Hakansson
Owner: Eva Hakansson and Bill Dube
Sponsor: Rinehart Motion Systems and EVO Electric
Standing Start
1.5 Mile
188.06 mph Loring Timing Association
2012 Maine Event
Loring AFB
July 14, 2012
NSL 190mph
NEDRA:MC/AA
365V
2750lbs
DC Plasma
Driver: John Metric
Owner: John Metric
Sponsor: Position Available
Standing Start
1.0 Mile
155.0 mph The Texas Mile
Beeville, TX
Chase Field
March 24, 2012
LTA:---/E
NEDRA:SC/A
284.2V NiCad
Street Legal Porsche
Driver: Dave Cover
Owner: Dave Cover
Sponsor: Position Available
Standing Start
1.5 Mile
112.10 mph Loring Timing Association
2011 Maine Event
Loring AFB
July 16, 2011

Owner and Driver must be NEDRA Member to apply.


Land Speed Racing News

FRANK JOHN BREAKS 200 mph


Record Setting in Maine:




After participating in the July "Maine Event" at the old Loring Air Force Base, I returned over Labor Day weekend for the final LTA land speed racing "Harvest Event" of the year.  This was with my 2004 Suzuki Hayabusa conversion which uses a Remy HVH250 motor, Rinehart Motion Systems PM100DX controller and Lonestar "Sleeper" cells.  I had collected enough data in July to know that 200 mph was possible and I formulated a plan to try to achieve that.  Max power can't change much so I focused on improving aerodynamics.

I had raced in July with the bike in totally street trim (mirrors are removed per rules) including a double-bubble windscreen and cut-down seat.  I replaced these with the stock items per recommendations from other 'Busa racers.  I also moved the stock "clip-on" style handlebars inboard as much as possible and kept the replacement front fender (permissible in virtually all racing organizations' rules).  I refabricated my top cover (where the gas tank would normally be) to make it a bit narrower which would keep my knees out of the wind more, and finished up by taping over seams in the bodywork.  The only mechanical change I made was gearing down a couple of teeth (up numerically) to try to reach top speed quicker.

My wife Shari and I drove to the track on Thursday afternoon and we helped finish setup Friday morning.  Racing started Friday afternoon and I made one 165 mph pass as a shakedown run.  I experimented a bit with riding positions on this pass: everyone has opinions about what works best!  I decided to focus on remaining as comfortable as possible without sliding back too far; this worked for me in July and I felt this was safest.
Saturday had a noticeable headwind coming pretty much straight down the track.  I worked Timing until noon then got relieved so I could make some runs.  The LTA times at both the 1.0 mile and 1.5 mile and I ran a 191.3/196.4 mph on the first pass.  I recharged and went out again an hour or so later and ran 195.3/199.8 mph into the same wind.  The difference was that the warmer pack yielded higher power.

On Sunday morning I was preparing to start up Timing (my usual volunteer position) but we had extra help so I was encouraged to suit up.  There wasn't much wind and it was warming up, turning into a real nice day.  I made a pass then drove the 2.5 miles back to the pits where I hooked up the charger, then radioed Shari to ask my approximate speeds (she was helping out at Timing).  When she came back with "199 and 205" I just about flipped.  I knew it was a good pass but I wasn't expecting that!  The mile speed was actually 199.856 which I'm told had everyone at the start line groaning after it was announced.

After recharging I made my final pass recording speeds of 201.645/206.847 mph.  I knew it was a good pass: the bike performed flawlessly and I concentrated on staying "under the paint" as much as possible.  I think that with another gearing change that I can improve the mile speed but there's not much left in it after that without changing to streamlined "land speed" bodywork.  That's something that I'll have to think about over the winter.  Going that fast is both exciting and scary at the same time.  The track is smooth and well-marked, and proper speed-rated sport-bike tires provide confidence but there's always the element of uncertainty.  Going fast is definitely a rush though.

The equipment I use is outstanding.  The Remy/Rinehart combination seems to be bullet-proof and the Sleeper cells typically stayed within .015V of each other all weekend.  They obviously give good power.  As far as I can determine this is the first time a street-legal EV with stock bodywork has gone 200 mph in the standing start mile.


NEDRA Land Speed News (Aug 30, 2014) - Northeast Director Frank John brought his converted 2004 Hayabusa to the Loring Timing Association's 2014 Harvest Event. This is a street legal motorcycle that he rides on a regular basis and the first time he's ridden at faster speeds. He reports the bike is very stable and capable of higher speeds. The runs reported here were made back-to-back with "street" gearing and Frank estimates he would gain about 15 hp with LSR gearing and a fully-charged pack.

E-BUSA by Frank John

NEDRA Land Speed News (May 17, 2014) - Assault and Battery achieved 165.5 miles/hr. from a Standing Start at Ellington Field in Houston, TX during The US Mile's Houston Mile Spring Event.
Also impressive was the 1/4 mile speed of 145.6mph. This was the first attempt at the long course by Assault and Battery

Present were Adam Clark, Keith Howard, John Metric and Nathan Metric



NEDRA Land Speed News (July 29, 2012) - KillaJoule achieved 188 miles/hr. at Loring Timing Association speed trials.

killajoule Bill Dube and Eva Hakansson and their KillaJoule Land speed Racer

NEDRA Land Speed News (July 29, 2012) - KillaJoule achieved 188 miles/hr. at Loring Timing Association speed trials.

Eva Hakansson and Bill Dube from the KillaCycle Racing Team took their KillaJoule streamliner to the Loring Timing Association speed trials last week, setting a top speed of 188.063 mph (302.6 km/h) on 1.5 mile track and 164.130 mph (264.1 km/h) on the 1 mile track. The KillaJoule is a fully streamlined electric sidecar motorcycle, and currently the world’s fastest electric sidecar.

killajoule


NEDRA Land Speed News (March 24, 2012) - DC Plasma achieved 155.0 miles/hr. from a Standing Start at Chase Field AFB in Beeville, TX during The Texas Mile Spring Event.

NEDRA Land Speed News (July 16, 2011) - Dave Cover drives his Porsche to 112mph from a Standing Start at Loring Air Force Base in Maine, USA during The Maine 2011 Event.


Land Speed Racing History

battery box In 1974, Roger Hedlund took Battery Box to Bonneville and established a new land speed record for electric cars of 175.061 MPH. This record held for two decades.

lightning rod The Current Class 2 Electric Streamliner record is 213.084 MPH set in 1997 by the late Ed Rannberg in his "Lightning Rod."

Buckeye Bullet Current Class 3 Electric Streamliner record is 314.958 MPH set in 2004 by Roger Schroer in Ohio State's "Buckeye Bullet" 'liner

 

 

   
 
  
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