World Acceleration Record Set by Electric Car

A group of Swiss student engineers just broke the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles with an electric racing car that they built.

grim2Their car, known as the grimsel car, took only an astonishing 1.513 seconds to reach 100kph or 62 miles per hour; that slashed a quarter-second off of the previous record time. At the moment, no gas-powered production car has ever managed to hit the same speed in a comparable time, contrary to what many would assume about electric vs gas car technology.

The grimsel also only needed about 100 feet of racetrack to reach the speed, another astonishing statistic regarding the incredible production of the students.

The previous record was held by an electric car that accelerated from 1-100kph in 1.779 seconds. A team from the University of Stuttgart created the now second-place vehicle last year.

The fastest gas-powered car ever created is the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid, which takes a full 2.2 seconds to reach the same speed and basically blows away its gas-powered competition.

The car itself was a joint effort made by over 30 students studying at ETH Zurich and Lucerne’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Other than the car’s tiers, battery cells and the motor control units, every part of the vehicle was custom built for the particular model.

The following is a statement made by the team of students announcing their accomplishment:

“The Formula Student team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) accomplished its mission today: the grimel electric racing car accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.513 seconds and set a new world record. It reached the speed after covering less than 30 m of track at the Dubendorf air base near Zurich. The previous world record stood at 1.779 seconds and was set last year by a team at the University of Stuttgart.

grimThe record-breaking Formula Student electric car was developed and built in less than a year by a team of 30 students at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Grimsie is AMZ’s fifth electric vehicle and sets new standards in lightweight construction and electric drive technology. Thanks to the use of carbon-fibre materials, grimsei weighs just 168 kg. The four-wheel drive electric racing car has four specially developed wheel hub motors that are capable of generating 200 hp and 1700 Nm of torque. A sophisticated traction control system regulates the performance of each wheel individually, allowing the car’s acceleration to be increased even further. No large-scale production car- even one with a combustion engine- can reach an acceleration comparable to grimsei.”

Clearly the students and universities involved are pleased with their creation and excited about the implications of the speed of the electric vehicle. The fact that electric vehicles are actually faster than gas-powered one is one of many real-life situations that seem to shake the gas-powered car from its status as all-powerful and a vehicle with the most sex appeal. Maybe one day robots will make them in bulk. 

The grimsel is named after an Alpine pass and is not only a demonstration vehicle but has also been used extensively in the Formula Student race competition.

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