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Drayson Racing’s electric car sets land speed record

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Wed Jun 26 2013, 14:27
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CAR BUSINESS Drayson Racing Technology has set a world record for driving an electric car really fast.

Drayson took to Twitter before and after its record attempt, saying that it was good weather for such an outing.

Driven by Paul Drayson, a Labour peer and the owner of Drayson Racing, the car lined up to beat the World land speed record for an electric car weighing less than 1,000kg at Elvington Airfield.

The previous record stood at 174.981mph and was set by Battery Box General Electric in 1974. Drayson took this up to 204.2mph.

The car used was a Lola Drayson B12/69 EV, which is based on a 5.5 litre B10 Le Mans Prototype. In its documentation on the car, Drayson said it has a top speed of 320kmh, which is just shy of 200mph. It will do zero to 60mph in just three seconds.

According to Twitter, Google chairman Eric Schmidt turned up to hang around and have a look at the car.

The company is back at the airfield today and will be attempting to beat some acceleration records.

"Back at Elvington today for more runs of our world record electric car. Hoping to set new records for acceleration.....," said Lord Drayson on Twitter. "It was very lively at 216mph with that aero set up..."

The FIA Formula E Championship, a racing organisation for electric cars, was quick to congratulate the Drayson effort. Formula E racing will launch next year. µ

 

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