This electric car just broke the acceleration record

The “grimsel” electric race car broke the world record for acceleration by an electric car yesterday at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich.

The vehicle accelerated from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 1.513 seconds over a distance of less than 100 feet. The previous world record, set by a team at the University of Stuttgart, stood at 1.779 seconds.

grimsel electric car
(Credit: All images by Alessandro Della Bella/ETH Zurich)

A team of students at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts built the Formula Student electric car in less than a year. It sets new standards in lightweight construction and electric drive technology. Thanks to the use of carbon-fiber materials, grimsel weighs just 370 pounds (168 kilograms).

The four-wheel drive electric racing car has four specially developed wheel hub motors that are capable of generating 200 horsepower. A sophisticated traction control system regulates the performance of each wheel individually, allowing the car’s acceleration increase even further.

No large-scale production car—even one with a combustion engine—can reach an acceleration comparable to the grimsel.

grimsel electric car

grimsel electric car

grimsel electric car

See tiny stunt cars test the limits of self-driving vehicles

Source: ETH Zurich

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