Swiss electric racing car breaks world record

The grimsel electric racing car broke the world record for acceleration by an electric car. The vehicle was developed by a student team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich.

The Formula Student team of the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) achieved a new world record with their grimsel electric racing car: the vehicle accelerated from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 1.513 seconds after covering less than 30 metres of track at a former military airfield near Zurich. The previous world record of 1.779 seconds was set last year by a team at the University of Stuttgart.

grimsel was developed and built in less than one year by a team of 30 students from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. AMZ’s fifth electric vehicle, it “sets new standards in lightweight construction and electric drive technology”, weighing just 168 kilograms.

The vehicle has four specially developed wheel hub motors capable of generating 200 horsepower and 1,700 newton metres of torque. The vehicle’s acceleration is boosted by a sophisticated traction control system that regulates the performance of each wheel individually.

According to the ETH Zurich, no large-scale production car – even one with a combustion engine – can accelerate as fast as grimsel.


Image credit: ETH Zurich / Alessandro Della Bella

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