Drayson Racing dashes through world electric car land speed record

June 26th, 2013 by Drayson Racing Technologies LLP

Drayson electric car that (click image to expand - image courtesy of Drayson Racing)

Drayson electric car that (click image to expand – image courtesy of Drayson Racing)

Lord Drayson, former science minister, set a new world electric vehicle land speed record of 204.185 mph in a Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype on 25 June 2013 at Elvington Airfield in England.

Drayson Racing, the Oxford-based sustainable motorsport company, surpassed the previous 175 mph record by 29.2 mph, which had stood for nearly forty years.

Lord Drayson said “I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable.”

“Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level,” he said.

“It is not the outright speed of 204 mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000 kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile.”

“However, Drayson Racing has a great team and world-class partners such as QualcommHalo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth.”

“This is a true celebration of Britain’s leading position within the burgeoning electric vehicle industry.”

“I’m delighted to be at the forefront of this electric revolution,” Lord Drayson said.

Drayson Racing is a research and development business, pioneering the development of sustainable technologies in the challenging environment of motorsport.

With the electric land speed record it intends to showcase what is possible with an electric drivetrain and underscore Britain’s leadership position in the EV industry.

The team aims to set more records, such as the EV acceleration record, on Wednesday 26 June 2013, after which a full release with all data and FIA confirmed records will be issued.

 

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