If you're looking for a present for the man who has everything, you might consider this one-of-a-kind battery-powered racer.
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Kugel in car
Timing view Clock
Several shots, racecar running by camera
Kugel & Eames shake hands
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Background: If you're looking for a present for the man who has everything, you might consider this one-of-a-kind battery-powered racer.
It made its appearance at Bonneville Salt Flats this week seeking to establish a land speed record for battery-powered cars.
It's called the "Lead Wedge" -- because of its aerodynamic shape and its power source, which consists of 20 high performance lead acid batteries.
They operate a rear-mounted motor, similar to those used in industrial fork lift trucks.
Ten regular production batteries are mounted on each side of the 13-foot vehicle before veteran Bonneville driver Jerry Kugel squeezes into the cockpit.
Kugel began his run under the watchful eye of the United States Auto Club, which sanctions most U.S. land speed record attempts.
The tremendous surge of energy boosted the motor capability to 120 horsepower -- three times its normal output, proving the extraordinary power of today's modern automobile battery.
The racer proved short on noise but long on speed as USAC timers recorded runs of 139.893 and 137.847 miles an hour for the measured mile.
Kugel's average speed of 138.862 miles per hour wrote a new chapter for the record books, and brought smiles and congratulations from the car's designer, Danny Eames (pronounced EEMS).