Drayson Racing Electric Car Sets New World Speed Record, 204.2 mph On Batteries

A new world record has been set by an electric car designed by Drayson Racing. Managing a top speed of 204.2 mph at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, the Lola B12 69/EV is now the fastest electric car in the world. Drayson took to Twitter before and after its record attempt, saying that it was good weather for such an outing.

Chief executive Lord Drayson, who was behind the wheel, said the achievement was designed to highlight electronic vehicle technology's potential. Previous records were held by the General Electric Battery Box, which managed 175mph back in 1974.

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. The Lola B12 69/EV is actually an adapted Le Mans car, which uses things like recycled carbon fibre to save on weight. The whole vehicle has a dry weight of less than 1000kg.

"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...

""Obviously this is a very special racing car, but by setting this new world record here in Britain we say two things."

"One it is a pointer to the future - the technology that we developed for this car will filter down to the cars we use every day." said Drayson.

"And secondly it's a message about how here in the UK we're a world leader with this technology. We've led motorsport engineering, now we're also leading with electric motorsport engineering."

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Write by: RC - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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