Electric car revs to world record in Switzerland

November 3, 2014
No other production vehicle in the world has reached a similarly strong acceleration. Credit: AMZ Racing

A racing car designed and built by students in Switzerland on Monday set a world record for acceleration in electric vehicles, their universities said Monday.

The "grimsel" car revved from zero to 100 kilometres (0-62 miles) an hour in just 1.785 seconds, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich said in a statement.

Students from ETH and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts thus smashed the previous record of 2.134 seconds clocked up in the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, the statement said.

Driving on a track at a military airfield in the Zurich suburb of Dubendorf, the car hit 100 kilometres after just 30 metres (98 feet), ETH said.

The students had spent less than a year building the car, the university said, adding that "no other production vehicle in the world has reached a similarly strong acceleration."

The ‘grimsel’ electric racing car today broke the previous world record for acceleration in electric cars. Credit: AMZ Racing

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Eikka
5 / 5 (1) Nov 03, 2014
"no other production vehicle in the world has reached a similarly strong acceleration."


This isn't a production vehicle.

The FIA rules state that at least 25 identical vehicles must be manufactured within 12 months to count as a production vehicle. Other organizations have different requirements, but generally the car has to be mass-manufactured, road legal and available for the public to buy to count as a production vehicle.

The comparison seems to be completely irrelevant. Maybe they didn't want to draw attention to the fact that non-production, custom vehicles built for drag racing like this achieve 100 kph in under a second.

The fastest top-fuel dragsters get there under 0.2 seconds.
malapropism
not rated yet Nov 03, 2014
"no other production vehicle in the world has reached a similarly strong acceleration."


This isn't a production vehicle.

The FIA rules state that at least 25 identical vehicles must be manufactured within 12 months to count as a production vehicle. Other organizations have different requirements, but generally the car has to be mass-manufactured, road legal and available for the public to buy to count as a production vehicle.

So they've got until 3 November 2015 to make another 24 of them. Although I admit it seems unlikely, it's a bit too early too call it one way or other just yet.

And I think that the comment that they "smashed the previous record of 2.134 seconds" probably means that they're referring specifically to electric cars.
Eikka
not rated yet Nov 03, 2014

So they've got until 3 November 2015 to make another 24 of them. Although I admit it seems unlikely, it's a bit too early too call it one way or other just yet.


It's a Formula Student car. They're built as individuals, because the whole point of the series is that the students get to design and engineer a race car from the ground up.

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