Sponsored by a couple of different sponsors, Adrian Flux insurance, Hyperdrie, Gas It, Vintage VDB watches, Castor Valt and Andriaki Shipping, Jonny Smith prepared his old Enfield 8000 electric city car to be the quickest road legal small car in the world, with more than 800bhp, 1,200lbft of torque and accelerating in six seconds up to 113 mph.
The Enfield was a small city car for two person built from 1973 to 1977 on the Isle of Wight. Only 120 were built in this time, powered by a modest 8bhp (6kW) engine and lead-acid batteries, good for a high speed of about 77 km/h and a range of 65 kilometers. The car had a tubular chassis with aluminium body panels and used several parts from welknown cars as from the Hillman Imp (suspension), Mini (doors) and Reliant Rhreewheeler (axle). The company was owned by a Greek millionaire.
Jonny Smith owned one of these cars, and thanks to a lot of sponsors, he could actualize its technology to create a hyper sport car with road license. Jonny rescued the Enfield, then a flood-damaged write-off, four years ago, and restored the car before adding 21st century electric technology.
The car is powered by 188 lithium-ion battery cells built into enclosures under the bonnet and boot, generating 2000 amps and 400 volts to a pair of DC 9-inch motors to drive the back wheels. These batteries are normally seen running the miniguns and starting the engines of a Bell Super Cobra attack helicopter, but built for the car by Hyperdrive Innovations in Sunderland. Originally boasting just 8hp, the car dubbed the Flux Capacitor now packs more than 800bhp, 1,200lbft of torque and quietly rockets to 113mph in six seconds.
Despite reaching 100mph in under 6 seconds and only being 112" (2.8 metres) long, Jonny's Enfield is still road legal, tax exempt and London congestion charge exempt.
Jonny told us: “The car never feels like it is out of its comfort zone. To be honest I have disconnected the speedo, and just drive it by feel. You quickly forget how small it is when the lights go green. The instant electric torque delivery is something I have never experienced in over 15 years of driving and testing sports cars.
I set out to build a British electric hot rod. I hope I've achieved something leftfield enough to prove that David certainly can beat Goliath."