Fast, faster and now… Grim­sel quick

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

While KZN’s drag rac­ing fra­ter­nity are de­bat­ing who has the quick­est quar­ter mile at Mtuba, a few en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents in Switzer­land went and gave the world a new ad­jec­tive to in­di­cate some­thing has just moved very, very fast in­deed. They did it in the Grim­sel — ef­fec­tively an elec­tric golf cart with a souped-up bat­tery pack, dropped sus­pen­sion and enough down force wings to make even a cousin from Phoenix happy. So how fast does Grim­sel go from 0 to 100km? Try 1,513 sec­onds — wink, and you will miss it. This new world record slashes about a quar­ter of a sec­ond off the pre­vi­ous record time of 1,779 sec­onds, which was set last year by the Univer­sity of Stuttgart’s en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents. The 168 kg Grim­sel car reached the speed in less than 30 me­tres, with clever trac­tion con­trol pro­vided by four wheel hub mo­tors that made 149 kW and 1 700 (sic) Nm.


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