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Chris Harris Drives The Drayson Racing Electric Le Mans Prototype: Video


From the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta to the Porsche 911 GT3, Chris Harris has driven some very impressive cars. Yet he didn't seem prepared for the Drayson Racing B12 69/EV.

The B12 69/EV is an electric car based on a Lola Le Mans prototype chassis. It's the brainchild of former British science minister Lord Paul Drayson, and it recently set a handful of land speed records.

Drayson currently holds the record for the highest speed achieved by an electric car in the FIA's sub-1,000-kilogram (2,200-pound) class, at 205.139 mph. He's actually broken the record twice this year, reaching 204.185 mph during an earlier attempt.

Also in the sub-1,000 kg, class, Drayson set the record for acceleration over a measured quarter mile from a standing start, doing the deed in 9.742 seconds with a top speed of 92.383 mph.

Drayson and his electric Le Mans prototype also hold the record for fastest speed over one kilometer, reaching 333.271 kph (207.8 mph). The speed is an average of two runs completed in less than an hour, per sanctioning body rules.

Some serious power is required to reach those speeds. In place of the V-10 the Lola chassis was designed for, the B12 69/EV has four electric motors; two for each of the rear wheels. They produce a combined 596 kilowatts (800 horsepower). That's enough to get the B12 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, 100 mph in 5.0 seconds, and to an unofficial top speed of 219.1 mph.

That acceleration--and the near-silence that accompanies it--impressed Harris. So much, in fact, that he used a few phrases to describe it that can't be repeated here.

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