Here’s a video that’s guaranteed to boost the heart rate of EV lovers and racing aficionados alike. Motor sport boffin Chris Harris takes an in-depth look at the Drayson B12/69EV at Elvington, a former RAF base in southern England.
This 14-minute segment gives us a nice long chat with Lord Drayson, who discusses not only the B12 but the current state of battery technology and how technologies developed in the motor sport world make their way into highway vehicles.
We’re also treated to plenty of close-ups of various parts of the car, and of course a driver’s-eye view as it silently speeds around the track. Just in case you get to drive one yourself someday, presenter Chris Harris also gives us a quick walk-through of the controls.
The B12/69EV represents the state of the art of electric racing. It weighs 995 kg, including 300 kg of batteries. It cranks out 850 hp, and 4,000 N-m of torque, and can do 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, on the way to 205 mph and beyond.
To give us a little context, Harris puts a Jaguar XFR-S (which is a rather fast motorcar) up against the B12 in a drag race. Did petrol or electrons win the day? You’ll have to watch the video.