Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185 mph (328.6 km/h). Former UK science minister, businessman and racing driver Lord Drayson was behind the wheel of the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype. (Earlier post.)
In near perfect conditions, the Oxford-based sustainable motorsport company smashed the previous 175 mph (281.6 km/h) record, which had stood for nearly forty years, by 29.2 mph.
I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable. Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we’ve seen today.
It is not the outright speed of 203 mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile. However I’ve got a great team and world-class partners, such as QualcommHalo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth.
This is a true celebration of Britain’s leading position within the burgeoning electric vehicle industry and I’m delighted to be at the forefront of this electric revolution. We hope to set more records tomorrow.—Lord Drayson
The team aim to set more records, such as the EV acceleration record, after which a full release with all data and FIA confirmed records will be issued.