A group of 40 students from the University of Stuttgart dubbed the GreenTeam has just set a new Guinness World Record for fastest EV acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), hitting the magic number in a breathtaking 1.779 seconds. That’s quicker than a Tesla Model S P90 in Ludicrous mode, quicker than a 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, even quicker than a Formula 1 car. 

The vehicle that accelerated that hard (can you say whiplash?) is a small, lightweight, 100-kW, AWD, all-electric, single-seat, open-wheel formula car designed to compete in the Formula Student engineering competition. It is equipped with lots of carbon fiber, a sophisticated suspension and a full aerodynamics package (although the rear wing wasn’t used during the record-setting run). The car was also outfitted with a high-tech 6.62-kWh battery pack and one electric motor per wheel. With a curb weight of just 160 kg (353 pounds), the feathery racer boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 1.6 kg/kW (2.63 pounds/horsepower), which bests both the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Bugatti Veyron. 

The scorching new record was set on the tarmac of JadeWeserAirport in northwestern Germany. The GreenTeam car required only 25 meters (82 feet) to hit 100 km/h, accelerating with a force of 1.8 G.

At 1.779 seconds, the new record beats the old by a mere 0.006 second. The previous record was set last year by a car called Grimsel, which was the product of a group of student engineers from the Swiss University ETH Zurich.

Per Guinness record-setting rules, the time was matched in back-to-back runs in opposite directions. Behind the wheel was driver Prisca Schmid, a 22-year-old student at the university, who commented on the run in a post on the team’s website, saying, “The acceleration feels like a rollercoaster, except that you can control it.”
Guinness officials are expected to confirm the time in the following few weeks.

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Why it matters

Surprise, surprise – EVs can accelerate with incredible alacrity. This time around, chalk it up to instant torque response and four-motor AWD grip, plus a ridiculously low curb weight.

This new record is the latest proof that battery power has the ability to render some very fast vehicles.

As passenger cars, the all-electric vehicle is still a bit behind traditional ICE-powered alternatives when it comes to things like range, refueling time and price. But once those factors are transcended, internal combustion looks as though it will have finally met its match.

This new record is the latest proof that battery power has the ability to render some very fast vehicles. Another good example comes from this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, in which Rhys Millen took the overall win in the all-electric 2015 Drive eO PP03.

So then, EVs can be very fast. But what’s all this mean for those of us not currently wearing a crash helmet?

It’s simple, really – technology developed in motorsport competition will eventually reach the masses. It’s just a matter of time. Many of the advances in technologies like regenerative braking, forced induction and even tire compounds can be attributed to the pressures of going racing (check out my article on the subject here), and the same is true for EV components like batteries and electric motors.

In the future, expect to see EV range, refueling times and prices all improve to coincide with advances made in technology, and you’ll have us speed freaks to thank for it.

Source: ElectricAutoSport

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