The History of Drag Racing
Drag racing was born on the dry lake beds in the California deserts. Most drag races took place on unused military runways. Drag racers usually drove 1/4 of a mile, without any safety barriers or regulated track conditions. As the sport grew, the first drag racing super stars emerged. The Albertsons Olds and Dragmaster Dart were the cars to beat.
Large or small, drag strip owners are facing serious challenges because of all of the rules and regulations required to do business. The NHRA fuel classes shortened the racing distance to 1000 feet. Eighth-mile racing has become popular because its the only accessible track to many racers. Modern day drag strips face the same challenges that other tracks have faced over the years. Luckily, organizations such as the SEMA, go to bat for the auotomotive aftermath industry and have been quite successful in keeping the hot rod and drag racing community on good terms with government regulations.
Electric cars would make great drag racers. There is one reason why: torque. Electric motors make their full twisting- power right from a dead stop. The moment you step on the potentiometer, that motor will twist the tires with full force. That means an electric car can take off incredibly fast.