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Electric dragster that hits 60mph in 1.5s heads for NEC

14 March, 2014

A world-record-beating electric dragster, that can accelerate from 0–60mph (96.5km/h) in 1.5 seconds, will be a star of the upcoming Drives & Controls Show, taking place in Birmingham, UK, in April. The dragster, called Black Current, will be on display on the Amtecs stand, whose engineers designed, built and race the vehicle.

In what is claimed to be a world first, the car has completed the standing quarter-mile at the Santa Pod drag raceway in the UK in 9.51 seconds. The dragster’s terminal speed at the finish line was more than 135mph (217.3km/h).

Black Current was the first full-bodied electric car to complete the quarter-mile drag race in less 10.0s and further development work is currently underway with the aim of completing the quarter mile in less than 9s. (For comparison, the Bugatti Veyron’s official quarter-mile time is 10.2s.)

The dragster has completed two back-to-back runs of 9.64s, setting a new official world record, which has been ratified by the MSA and NEDRA organisations.

The Black Current is powered by a custom-built twinned series-wound DC motor, capable of producing more than 680kW (900hp). Its 378V high-power battery pack consists of 540 lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO₄) batteries. The main DC controller is capable of controlling bursts of up to 2kA at 400V.

The Black Current electric dragster is powered by a 680kW DC motor

In 2011, the Black Current competed against petrol-powered cars in the UK VW drag racing championship and finished first on many occasions.

Snaefell Mountain Railway Project


Started in 1895 the Snaefell Mountain Railway is unique in the British Isles.

The 3 1/2 ft guage line covers five miles having 1:12 gradient.


AmTecs is engaged in the refurbishent project of these trams.


The picture shows rejuvenated Car Number 1 ready to start the 2013 season. 


This ready for service tram number 1 is equipped with Traction control equipment, Main contactor, Braking resistors, Lightning arrestor and cabling supplied and commissioned by AmTecs.



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10/6/2012 - Black Current


AmTecs Sponsored "Black Current" the worlds fastest electric full bodied dragster has been invited to the Essen Motor Show.

1st to 9th December 2012

Black Current, built by Amtecs empolyees Sam and Olly Young, is capable of completing the standing 1/4 mile in 9.51 seconds, and currently holds the world record of 9.64 seconds at 134mph.

The car can accelerate from  0-60 mph in less than 1.6 seconds. 1 second quicker than a Bugatti Veyron

Powered by 2 DC Series wound motors the car develops 680kW!

Black Current was the first electric car to run faster than 10 seconds in the 1/4 mile and further developments are in progress with the aim of achieving sub 9 seconds.

See the car in action on this youtube link




12/12/11 - New Warehouse


Amtecs has commissioned a new warehouse at its Hungerford headquarters.

The new warehouse gives an additional 5000 square feet of storage space bringing the total available space to 20000 square feet.

The warehouse will hold Aluminium IE2 and IE3 motors as part of the continued program of expansion.