Drayson Racing broke land spend record for lightweight EV

Article by Anita Panait, on July 1, 2013

Drayson Racing Technologies has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record for a lightweight electric car after Lord Drayson drove his Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype to a top speed of 204.185mph. The former minister of science, businessman and amateur racing driver managed to surpass the previous racing record of 175mph record, which until recently was unbroken for almost 40 years.

Helped by near ideal conditions, Lord Drayson broke the record by a margin of 29.2mph. Lord Drayson, who is chief executive of Drayson Racing, remarked that he was delighted that they managed to beat the record and can show the world that electric vehicles can be “fast and reliable.” He also remarked that Drayson Racing “is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level.”

He quipped that it the “outright speed” of 203mph that is most impressive about the record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000-kg EV on a short runway over a measured mile.

He said that they eventually broke the record thanks to a great team and world-class partners like QualcommHalo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth."

He remarked that the record-breaking feat is a “true celebration of Britain's leading position within the burgeoning electric vehicle industry,” adding that he is delighted to be at “the forefront of this electric revolution. “ [source: Drayson Racing]

Topics: electric car

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