Swiss electric car hits 100kmph in 1.5 sec

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An electric racing car built by Swiss student engineers has broken the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles, taking only 1.513 seconds to reach 100kmph.

The grimsel electric racing car reached the speed after covering less than 30 metres 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 University of Stuttgart in Germany.

The 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 in Switzerland. The grimsel is Academic Motorsports Club Zurich’s fifth electric vehicle and sets new standards in lightweight construction and electric drive technology.

Thanks to the use of carbon fibre materials, grimsel weighs just 168kg. No large-scale production car -even one with a combustion engine -can reach an acceleration comparable to the grimsel.