Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Drayson electric race car sets four new speed records

Drayson Racing has succeeded in smashing its own record, with a new top speed of 205.14 mph achieved over a mile at the Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire.
Increasing its World Land Speed Record for sub-999kg vehicles from the 204.2mph record it set back in June at the airfield, the electric racing car also achieved a record of 333.27kph over a kilometre and subject to ratification, sets a new British Land Speed Record for cars of any propulsion type over one mile over a flying start, too.
In addition, the Drayson Racing team submitted the car to FIA-sanctioned timed acceleration runs, setting a new World Electric Record from a standing start over a quarter mile with a time of 9.742 seconds and a top speed of 92.383mph.
The team behind the Drayson B12 69/EV Le Mans Prototype electric racing car, returned to Elvington to see if they could take the car even faster. Having spent the summer refining the drivetrain to achieve even better performance, the team was keen to test it out. Chassis partner Multimatic has also made further aerodynamic adjustments to reduce drag and further increase the car’s performance potential.
Founder of Drayson Racing and the driver for the record-breaking run, former Cabinet minister Lord Drayson had intended to test the car’s maximum possible speed on the 15-mile long track at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last month, but was denied the opportunity after the event was cancelled due to flooding.
With the development work on the car complete, the team decided to run again at Elvington to find out how much faster the car could go within the relatively tight confines of the 3km runway.
Lord Drayson (CEO) commented: “We are continuing the testing and development programme of our electric drivetrain technology and we are delighted with the results achieved today.
"Drayson Racing is a laboratory for novel EV technology such as the high power Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system, testing it to the most extreme level and that’s why we do this. The engineering challenge of accelerating a 995kg electric car to these speeds and then stopping in time on such a short runway is pretty intense, but it’s a great proving ground for our technology. It’s also an exciting way of demonstrating what’s possible with a state of the art electric vehicle.”