Drayson Racing Technologies set a new world land speed record for a lightweight (max. 1000 kg) electric car. The Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV with CEO Lord Paul Drayson on board, was able to reach 328,6 km/h. The previous record was in hands of Battery Box General Electric from 1974 (281,6 km/h).
Lord Drayson was the first to announce to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship, that will feature electric single seaters which are mainly built by Spark Racing Technology, McLaren and Renault. The team intends to enter this championship with their own car in 2015.
“What it, I hope, shows to people is just what the future potential of electric cars is,” Lord Drayson told the BBC shortly after his record-breaking time was confirmed at the RAF Elvington racetrack in Yorkshire.
“Obviously this is a very special racing car, but by setting this new world record here in Britain we say two things. One it is a pointer to the future – the technology that we developed for this car will filter down to the cars we use every day. And secondly it’s a message about how here in the UK we’re a world leader with this technology. We’ve led motorsport engineering, now we’re also leading with electric motorsport engineering,” he continues.
The car featured a low-drag bodywork configuration, had 480kW (600 bph) power and 20 kWh lightweight battery onboard.
More record runs are expected.
Photo: Jonny Cocker