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Drayson's EV reaches 328km/h

2013-06-26 07:25

LONDON, England - Drayson Racing has claimed the electric land-speed record at 328.6km/h.

Former UK science minister turned racing driver Paul Drayson, was behind the wheel of the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le Mans prototype on June 25, 2013.

In near perfect conditions, the Oxford-"sustainable motorsport" company smashed the previous 281km/h record, which had stood for nearly 40 years.

'WE HOPE TO SET MORE RECORDS

Drayson said: "I'm delighted we've beaten the record and can show the world that EV's can be fast and reliable. Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we've seen today.

"It is not the outright speed that is most impressive about this record but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile (1.6km). However I have a great team and world-class partners, such as QualcommHalo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth.

"This is a true celebration of Britain's leading position within the burgeoning electric vehicle industry and I'm delighted to be at the forefront of this electric revolution. We hope to set more records."

Drayson Racing is a research and development business, pioneering the development of sustainable technologies in the challenging environment of motorsport. With the electric land speed record it intends to showcase what is possible with an electric drivetrain and underscore Britain's leadership position in the EV industry.

The team aims to set more records, such as the EV acceleration record on June 26, 2013.

Comments
  • Rocco Monti Esterhuysen - 2013-06-26 08:21

    Well done guys! But far speeds approaching 500 kph have already been achieved with electric power: http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/alternative-fuel/electric/buckeye-bullet-shoots-to-307-mph-electric-car-speed-record-at-bonneville Can't wait for the 1000mph record attempt in the Northern Cape using a jet engine and rockets, now that will be properly exciting:D

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