Fast, faster and now… Grimsel quick
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.