Drayson Racing Sets New FIA World Electric Land Speed Record
Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185mph.
Former science minister, businessman and racing driver Lord Drayson was behind the wheel of the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype.
In near perfect conditions at Elvington Airfield in England, the Oxford-based ‘green’ motorsport outfit beat the previous 175mph record, which had stood for nearly forty years, by 29.2mph.
As the new world record holder, Lord Drayson, pictured above celebrating the event, commented: “I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable. Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we’ve seen today.
“It is not the outright speed of 203mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile. However I’ve got a great team and world-class partners, such as QualcommHalo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth.”
The team aim to set more records, such as the EV acceleration record, later on today, after which a full release with all data and FIA confirmed records will be issued.
Source: Drayson Racing