Drayson Racing has announced that it has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record. With former UK Science Minister Lord Drayson behind the wheel, the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le Mans Prototype made two blistering runs on a runway at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, England, reaching an average top speed of 204.185 mph.
So, is this the world’s fastest EV? Apparently not – according to AutoBlog Green, the Ohio State University Buckeye Bullet has surpassed 300 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. It seems that Drayson’s green machine has set an FIA-certified record in its class – only an expert in the various motorsport regulatory bodies could tell you the precise significance of this achievement.
Be that as it may, there’s no doubt that it’s an impressive feat, and the Drayson racer, which packs 480 kW (600 bhp) of power, and features four axial flux motors and a 20 kW Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system, is one incredible machine.
“Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we’ve seen today,” said Lord Drayson. “It is not the outright speed of 204.185 mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000 kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile. However I’ve got a great team and world-class partners, such as Qualcomm Halo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth.”