In just 100 feet, an experimental electric vehicle engineered by students in Switzerland has accelerated to more than 60 mph.
The little electric vehicle, which looks like an open wheel racer with dwarfism and an especially enormous rear wing, recently sprinted from a stop to 100 kph, or about 62 mph, in just 1.513 seconds. That's half the amount of time it takes a fast supercar to complete the same task.
Making that sprint possible is the all-wheel drive electric racer's ultra low weight, just 370 pounds thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber in its construction, and its prodigious 1,250 pound-feet of torque. Each wheel has its own traction control system parameters, which adjust how much power is sent to each corner several times per second to maximize straight-line traction.
Interestingly, the car also has regenerative braking, though that is not exactly useful for a high-speed sprint.
Students from Swiss universities ETH Zurich and Hochschule Luzern, who are part of the exclusive Academic Motorsports club Zurich (AMZ) , developed the ultra-fast electric car they call "Grimsel" a couple of years ago, but this latest run was sufficiently fast to break a previous record.
The students gathered with Grimsel on an empty runway at Dübendorf Air Base near Zurich for the attempt.