The student team InMotion has bettered the lap record for electric vehicles at Circuit Zandvoort. With a purpose built electric formula car, the Dutch driver Beitske Visser set a time of 1:48.371 which was 16 seconds faster than the previous record.
The team from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, worked one and a half year on the 550 hp strong vehicle. After successful tests earlier this year, Visser set a best time on Sunday. “It was fun setting the record and hopefully it won’t be beaten [by others] for a while. The team will develop the car even further so hopefully we can go even faster,” Beitske told ElectricAutosport.com. “The car feels like any other car but the experience is different because you hear the wind. The handling of the car is good and it has a lot of torque, which is fun. At the straight we reached 240 km/h.”
The team has the ultimate goal to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020. That car won’t be entirely electric but will contain technology they currently are developing. “The team has worked so hard in the past years and then finally we reached this moment: we’ve got the record”, team manager Bram Hooimeijer said. “We presented a rolling chassis one and a half year ago and in the past year we worked hard on, among other things, the development of the battery package and powertrain.”
“The car set a terrific performance and we know it can go even faster. So we continue to optimise the setup and will be improving the powertrain. And with this knowledge we will develop the IM01. With this vehicle we want to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Forze Hydrogen Electric Racing, a student team from Delft which is developing a hydrogen electric LMP3 vehicle, also entered the track in preparation for the beginning of August when the team will be racing against conventional-fueled powered cars. And that will be a world’s first.
— Tim Biesbrouck (@TimBiesbrouck) June 4, 2017
Action photo by Gerlach Delissen.