Friday, July 5, 2013
Fastest electric car: Drayson Racing breaks Guinness world record (VIDEO)
ELVINGTON AIRFIELD, UK -- Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185 mph, smashing the previous record which had stood for nearly 40 years; at Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire, former science minister, businessman and racing driver Lord Paul Drayson drove the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype car, rolling on Michelin tires, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Lord Drayson with the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype car after setting a new electric land speed record. Photo courtesy Drayson Racing Technologies (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Fastest diesel-engined car is 563.418 km/h* (350.092 mi/h), by Andy Green (UK) driving the JCB DIESELMAX at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA, on 23 August 2006.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Fastest amphibious car, set by the WaterCar Python, which has a top speed of 96 km (60 mph; 52 knots) on water and can perform a 0?60 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds on land.
On June 25, in near perfect conditions, Drayson smashed by 29.2 mph the previous 175 mph (280 km/h) world record for electric vehicles in the sub-1,000 kg class set by Battery Box General Electric in the United States in 1974.
The world record attempts were standardized over a 3,000 meter course at RAF Elvington and averaged over two runs in opposite directions.
As the new world record holder, Lord Drayson said, "I'm delighted we've beaten the record tonight 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, as we've seen today."
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