Student Built Electric Race Car Sets New World Record Of Speed

Posted: Jun 24 2016, 2:53am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 25 2016, 9:41am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles


Student Built Electric Race Car Sets New World Record of Speed
The Formula Student team of the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) today achieved a world record. Credit: ETH Zurich / Alessandro Della Bella
  • Experimental Electric Race Car, Grimsel, Reaches 62MPH in 1.513 Seconds

An Electric Car made by students set the world record of most efficient acceleration.

EVs are getting famous day by day. The time has come when people have started relying on them for speed and efficiency as well. More battery power introduced by companies have made the mileage much better than the first generation Electric cars. However, testing is still in process in order to bring the best kind of solution for speed and acceleration. 

A team of Swiss students from Academic Motorsports club Zurich have (AMZ) built a new Electric vehicle and have literally broken records of acceleration with their car. They achieved this record in an experimental race.  

AMZ is made up of Swiss university students from ETH Zürich and Hochschule Luzern.

The car was able to reach 62mph in mere 1.53 seconds. This figure was never achieved yet. Bugatti Chiron had the record before this record. It was able to speed up to this limit around 2.5 seconds.

Grimsel, the Electronic car used here achieved this kind of feat by the exact combination of light weight body and engine technology. The four wheel hub motors produce a mere 200hp but they do make a huge amount of torque that is of 1,254 ft. lb. The car’s body is made of carbon fiber thus weighing only 370 pounds. Thus making it more suitable for higher acceleration. 

Grimsel truly shows the potential of Electric cars of the future. It does need some tweaks here and there but it can be regarded pretty close to a Formula E Racing car. Car companies can take lesson from this car to make their cars faster.  

Source: ETH Zurich via Engadget

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