For the first time in its history, Peugeot has managed to establish a world record at the Nurburgring race track. Stéphane Caillet, technical director at Peugeot Citroen, whipped around the 20.832 km circuit driving an EX1 concept car and ended up breaking the speed record for electric cars by over 50 seconds.
The Peugeot EX1 lapped the circuit in 9:01.338 seconds with an average speed of 138.324 km/h (85.95 mph), and managed to do so even with the severe weather conditions plaguing the area. The previous speed record for this electric circuit was 9:51.45 seconds by the Mini E Race in 2010. The new speed record was confirmed by WIGE Performance, the official timing of the circuit of the Nordschleife. Back in September 2010, the EX1 broke five records in a series of runs made at the Chengdu military airport in the province of Sichuan in China.
As a reminder, the EX1 is a two-seater roadster that combines the “floating” front grille and flowing contours from the SR1 concept, with polished aluminum components adorn the door surrounds from the RCZ and BB1. It is powered by two electric motors, one on each axle, each with a peak output of 167 HP and a maximum torque of 177 lbs-ft at the front and rear.
UPDATE 05/04/2011: Peugeot has unveiled official images and an official video of the EX1 breaking the world record in Nurburgring. Enjoy!