THE FU­TURE IS FAST

The Tribune (NZ) - - MID WEEK MOTORING -

A stu­dent team from the Eth Zurich has suc­cess­fully bro­ken the ac­cel­er­a­tion record for elec­tric cars.

The stu­dents de­vel­oped the car and set the record dur­ing the prepara­tory phase of the For­mula Stu­dent event that will be tak­ing place at the Hock­en­heim­ring from Au­gust 8-14.

The car reached a speed of 100kmh within a dis­tance of less than 30 me­tres, in just 1.513 sec­onds on amil­i­tary air­base near Zurich, break­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 1.779 sec­onds.

Thanks to the use of car­bon fi­bre ma­te­ri­als, the car weighs amere 168kg. It fea­tures four wheel-hub mo­tors trans­fer­ring 150kW of power to the tar­mac via a four-wheel drive sys­tem.

The week-long For­mula Stu­dent event sees 115 teams from more than 25 na­tions com­pete against each other. In ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar cars with com­bus­tion en­gines, 40 cars fea­tur­ing an elec­tric drive sys­tem will also be fight­ing for vic­tory.

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