An electric racing car built by Swiss engineering students has broken the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles.
The Grimsel electric racing car accelerated from 0 to 100 km/hr in just 1.513 seconds to set the new world record.
It reached the speed after covering less than 30 metres of track at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich. The previous world record stood
at 1.779 seconds and was set last year by a team at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.
The record-breaking Formula Student electric car was developed and built in less than a year by a team of 30 students at ETH Zurich and
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland.
The Grimsel is Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ)’s fifth electric vehicle and sets new standards in lightweight construction and
electric drive technology.
The car is made from carbon-fibre materials, which helps in keeping the weight of the car to only 168-kg. The four-wheel drive electric racing car has four specially
developed wheel hub motors that are capable of generating 200 horsepower (hp) and 1700 Newton metre (Nm) of torque.
A sophisticated traction control system regulates the performance of each wheel individually, allowing the car’s acceleration to be
increased even further. No large-scale production car – even one with a combustion engine – can reach an acceleration comparable to the Grimsel.
(With agency inputs)