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This electric car just broke the acceleration record

24 June 2016

The “grimsel” electric race car broke the world record for acceleration by an electric car at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich, going from 0-62mph in 1.513 seconds.

Image courtesy of Alessandro Della Bella/ETH Zurich

The vehicle accelerated from 0 to 62mph (100km/h) in 1.513 seconds over a distance of less than 100ft. The previous world record, set by a team at the University of Stuttgart, stood at 1.779 seconds.

A team of students at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts built the Formula Student electric car in less than a year. It sets new standards in lightweight construction and electric drive technology. Thanks to the use of carbon-fibre materials, grimsel weighs just 168kg.

The four-wheel drive electric racing car has four specially developed wheel hub motors that are capable of generating 200 horsepower. A sophisticated traction control system regulates the performance of each wheel individually, allowing the car’s acceleration increase even further.

No large-scale production car—even one with a combustion engine—can reach acceleration comparable to the grimsel.

The original article can be found on the Futurity website.

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