WHITE LIGHTNING II

 

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There are three classes for electric vehicles - based on weight. DWRA's "White Lightning" currently competes in Class III for vehicles in excess of 1,000 kilograms. The previous world record for Class III vehicles of 215.3 mph in the two-way flying mile established in 1997 at Bonneville Salts Flats, Utah was shattered by DWRA's "White Lightning" during the 1999 World Finals. The new world record set October 22, 1999 by  "White Lightning" is 245.524 mph. 

 

 

 

"WHITE LIGHTNING II"

 

 

White Lightning II is shown above, with Pat Rummerfield and Edward Dempsey getting ready to defend their title against the ever faster vehicles now on the scene, including the Buckeye Bullet, Emotion and Bluebird Electric.

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

 

 

Chassis
Type Arivett Bros.
Weight 2,450 lbs.
Wheelbase  115 in.
Bodywork  Carbon Fiber
Track, front/rear 17.25 in./16.25 in.
Width 17.25 in./16.25 in.
Aerodynamic drag 0.131 cd
Performance (Maximum)  0-100 mph in 8 seconds (on A/C)

Top Speed 300+mph 

Electrical

Motor Type Two alternating current motors and controllers by AC Propulsion Inc.
Horsepower 400 hp @10,000 rpm

(Two 200 hp motors)

Battery System (6,040 C-Cells) Nickel Metal Hydride Moltech "C" Cells
 Miscellaneous
Wheels front/rear Custom
Tires 2 Front: 18X4.25 - 10

2 Rear:  24.5X7.50 - 16

Rear Axle 9" Ford
Safety Equipment Simpson/Bell
Fasteners Dzus
Batteries (Nickel Metal Hydride) Moltech "C" Cells
Brakes Wilwood

 

 

Pat Rummerfield

 

 

The speed record is another notch in the remarkable list of achievements recorded by the recovering quadriplegic, Pat Rummerfield, since the accident which left him paralyzed from the neck down.  At the time, suffering a serious compression fracture of his cervical vertebrae, doctors gave him at best three days to live.   

His spinal cord remains damaged and he is still in therapy, but amazingly by 1992 he was competing in the Iron Man Triathalon in Hawaii and training for the Sahara Marathon.  He is now piloting a 2,450-pound monster, 25-feet long, at speeds of 245.524 MPH.

 

 

TEAM:

 

Founder - Edward J. Dempsey

Driver - Pat Rummerfield

Crew Chief - Gus Fowlie

 

Aerodynamics Consultant - Chuck Hallum

Business Consultant -   R. W. (Kas) Kastner

Battery Consultant - David Swan

Data Acquisition - Ron Armstrong

Electric Power Consultant  - Alan Cocconi

Paint and Graphics - Jim Tiehen, South Coast Body and Paint

 

 

 

 

Dempsey's World Record Associates Inc.

2610 S. Yale St.

Santa Ana, CA 92704

(714) 424-9550

Fax (714) 424-9554

Email dwra@dwra.net

 

 

WHITE LIGHTNING LINKS:

 

AC Propulsion www.acpropulsion.com
AvonAero Supply - Linsmeyer Streamliner www.avonaero.com
Electric Auto Association www.eaaev.org
Electric Auto Association - Silicon Valley Chapter http://home.pacbell.net/beckettw/
Electrifying Times Magazine www.electrifyingtimes.com
Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas www.evaa.org
evparts.com - electric vehicles used on golf courses and in industry http://www.evparts.com
Informative and fun Land Speed Racing site www.landracing.com
Insightman www.insightman.com
Insight Owner www.insightowner.com
Mid-America EEA Chapter www.maeaa.org
National Electric Drag Racing Assoc. (NEDRA) www.nedra.com
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) www.nesea.org
Online History of EV www.sloan.stanford.edu/EVehicle
Team Amo www.landracing.com/teamamo/
Wilde Evolutions - Home of the "Maniac Mazda" www.wilde-evolutions.com

 

 

 

 

Pat Rummerfield's remarkable recovery

 

 


 

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