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Speed record on cards for EV

2013-06-06 11:59

RECORD IN SIGHT? Drayson Racing Technologies founder Paul Drayson will try to break the electric vehicle land speed record in this Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans prototype. The record was set in 1974. Image: Drayson

LONDON, England - A racing car technology company run by a former British cabinet minister wants to set a land speed record for all-electric vehicles.

Drayson Racing Technologies said the attempt on the World Electric Land Speed Record would happen on June 25 at a Royal Air Force base in Yorkshire, north-eastern England.

The bid will be for the sub-1000kg class by racing driver and former British science minister Lord Paul Drayson. He will drive a low-drag version of the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans prototype foot-flat down their airfield's 3km runway.


Drayson will aim to better the record of 282km/h set by Battery Box General Electric in the US in 1974. He explained: "It is not the outright speed that is impressive about this record attempt but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000kg electric vehicle to such a high speed.

"It's a tremendous technical challenge but we believe it's about time somebody moved this record to demonstrate just how far EV technology has come."


Drayson Racing Technologies is a research and development business pioneering the development of sustainable technologies in motorsport.

"We are doing this to showcase the maximum level of EV performance at the moment - and in a real racing car rather than a teardrop-shaped land-speed record car," said Drayson.

The enthusiast called the car "a running laboratory".

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