Students from ETH Zürich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts have achieved the impossible. Their own designed and built electric racing car accelerated from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 1.785 seconds and under 30 metres. There are no Formula 1 cars or electric super cars meeting this performance.

The AMZ Racing Team that successfully participates in the electric Formula Student competition were challenged by rivals of Delft University of Technology who set a previous record of 2.134 seconds (report + video). The new record was set at the military airfield in Dübendorf, where the vehicle reached a speed of 100 km per hour in less than 30 metres.

The new record-breaking vehicle is a Formula Student electric car that was developed and built in less than a year by 30 students at ETH Zürich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The ‘grimsel’, as the vehicle is being called, is the fifth AMZ electric car and the result of continuous development. The carbon fibre construction has a total weight of 168 kg and produces about 200 hp (147 kW). A four-wheel drive is implemented with four specially designed wheel hub motors, which generate a total torque of 1630 Nm at the wheels. By means of traction control, torque distribution is controlled individually for each wheel to maximise vehicle acceleration. No other production vehicle in the world has reached a similarly strong acceleration.

The team celebrated numerous successes at the Formula Student international competition past summer. With more than 500 teams, Formula Student is the world’s biggest competition for engineers and is held annually at various locations around the globe. With three overall wins and an average of 920 points out of a possible 1,000, the electric race car is AMZ’s most successful vehicle. And with its victories in Austria and Spain, it achieved the two highest scores in the European history of Formula Student. These further strengthened AMZ’s standing at the top of the Formula Student world rankings and demonstrated the potential in electric drive concepts.

Official confirmation by Guinness World Records is expected soon.

Edit: the record has been bettered to 1.779 seconds in July 2015.

Tim is co-founder of and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.


  1. 1,785 seconds is VERY different to 1.785 seconds in a lot of countries… might be worth revising your format as I believe ‘.’ is more widely recognised.

      • Whilst a tremendous performance, this is not a “production vehicle”, it is a purpose built race car.
        As such, I think you will find there are EV,s that have set faster 0-100km/hr times on drag race tracks.

        • OK Chad, Feel free to share your info and just give a link or name. I’m really curious what EV car you think or will find. 🙂

          From what I know they’ve just beaten even White Zombie from Plasma Racing with 1.8s, FSTeamDELFT’s DUT14 with 2.3s or Rimac’s e-M3 with 3.3s (FIA Category A, Group VIII (electric vehicle), Class 3).

          • Google for “Assault N Battery ” a Mazda Mitia (MX5) EV drag car.
            He has run a 8 sec quarter mile @ 145 mph, with a 1.44 sec 0-60 mph.
            But of course you can debate the certifying bodies !

    • No, most serious drag racers do not record 0-60mph times, but many of them have complex data logging systems that record a host of data. Speed and time are fundamental for performance analysis .


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