Okay. So you think it would be impossible to achieve that speed in an electric car when the worlds fastest hypercars are struggling to below the 2 second mark. But it has been made possible and not by techies working in some ultra modern facilities with humongous budgets but college students!!
Students of the University of Stuttgart have set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 1.779 seconds. The GreenTeam Formula Student participants have achieved this result with an electric vehicle and bettered the previous by 0.006 seconds which was in possession of ETH Zurich. This is faster than Formuala 1 cars and totally bonkers.
The car has been developed by 40 students at the University of Stuttgart to help them compete at the Formula Student Electric competition which requires students to build a single seat race car to compete against teams from around the world. The competition is due to be held in Hockenheim in Germany later this year.
The 100kW all-wheel drive vehicle designed to race in the Formula Student competitions, is powered by four motors and a 6.62kWh battery package. With a vehicle’s weight of 160 kg, the power to weight ratio is 1,6 kg/kW. What is more ridiculous is that it achieved the speed of 100 kmph from standstill in just 25 meters.
Posting on the team’s website, they said: ‘After a hard day we made the final time of 1,779 s from 0-100 km/h, which is, after (pending) evaluation of Guinness World Records, the fastest acceleration of an electric car.’
Driver Prisca Schmid, 22, added: ‘The acceleration feels like a rollercoaster, except that you can control it.’
Lothar Bloschies, spokesman for the team, said: ‘We were very happy, when we finally broke the record in last minute. The team worked together just perfectly, and we wouldn’t have come this far without that teamwork.’
Benedikt Bauersachs, technical project manager for the GreenTeam said, “The driver has to be light and have the cars at this extreme acceleration under control.To reach the speed, we only need 25 meters and get a force of 1.8 G. That is almost twice the force of a free fall.’
The record will be confirmed by Guinness World Records in the next couple of weeks.
PIC: GreenTeam Formula Student