An electric racing car built by a team of Swiss students has set a new world record for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h achieved by an electric vehicle, beating even all combustion-engine powered large-scale production vehicles.
Dubbed grimsel, the electric car developed by a 30-strong team from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University as part of the Formula Student competition achieved the benchmark acceleration within 1.513 seconds, about 0.25 seconds faster than the previous record.
It only required 30m to get to the 100km/h speed during a run on a track at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich. The previous record of 1.779 seconds was set last year by a team from the University of Stuttgart.
Carbon-fibre grimsel weighs about 168kg and features a four-wheel electric drive. The four tailor-made electric motors powering its wheels can generate up to 200 hp and 1700 Nm of torque. Performance of each wheel can be controlled individually, which allows acceleration to be optimised.
The current record-breaking vehicle is the sixth reiteration of a concept developed by the student team working under the Academic Motorsport Club Zurich.
The team has held first place in the Formula Student rankings since 2013 and has already won the championship three times. Formula Student is the largest global competition of engineering students with over 500 teams from all over the world competing every year on race courses across the globe.