1973 Battery Box
| ||Electric Streamliner|
|BUILT BY:||Roger Hedlund|
| ||Sunnyvale, California|
|BODY BY:||Jack Hagemann|
|ENGINE:||Electric, General Electric|
| ||236 VT., 25 H.P.|
The Battery Box is a home-built semi-streamlined car created for the purpose of attacking the World Speed Record for electric-powered vehicles. Using the latest technology in both motor/battery combinations and vehicle design, Roger Hedlund of Sunnyvale, California, achieved his goal in 1974 at the Bonneville National Speed Trials. The car's speed for a two-way average over a measured mile was 174.918 mph. To date, this record still stands.
The car's frame is a welded-steel tubing structure, called a "space frame." No suspension is used so the tubular front axle is attached rigidly to the frame. Stering is by rack and pinion. The rear axle is also rigidly mounted, but runs in ball bearing races (metal rings on which ball bearings rotate). Frame and axles are made of "chrome moly" steel tubing. A 25 hp General Electric motor, of the type used in forklifts, is located under the driver's semi-reclining seat. The car was designed to use 32 12-volt batteries, hooked up in series, but the record run was made with 28 batteries. This still resulted in 336 volts available to turn the motor, which was cooled by a fan from a car heater drawing fresh air through the motor housing.