Drayson Racing Breaks World Land Speed Record for Lightweight EV
- Drayson Racing broke the world land speed record for a lightweight electric car with a speed of 204.2 mph.
- The previous 175-mph record was set by Battery Box General Electric in 1974.
- Drayson Racing's achievement highlights the potential of electric vehicles.
ELVINGTON, England — Drayson Racing broke the world land speed record for a lightweight electric car with a speed of 204.2 mph at a racetrack here, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
The previous 175-mph record was set by Battery Box General Electric in 1974.
Drayson Racing's achievement highlights the potential of electric vehicles.
The Lola B12 69/EV electric Le Mans Prototype was driven by Lord Paul Drayson, a former United Kingdom minister of science.
"I'm delighted we beat the record and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable," Lord Drayson said in a statement.
In order to qualify to beat the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's world electric land speed record, Drayson Racying had to make the vehicle weigh less than 2,204 pounds without the driver.
Drayson Racing Technologies describes itself as a "racing laboratory to pioneer the development of sustainable technologies in the challenging environment of motorsport."
Other companies are using motorsports to jumpstart the adoption of EV technology and to help mainstream technology.
Last week Nissan unveiled the ZEOD RC or Zero Emissions on Demand Racing Car, which can switch between electric and gas power. The car will make its track debut at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Edmunds says: Drayson Racing proves that EVs can go faster, but making them go farther could also set some interesting records.