DUT Racing Clocks 2.15 Second Time in 0 to 62 MPH Dash; Is This Guinness World Record Territory? (w/videos)

4 years ago by Mark Kane 12

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DUT Racing

On Friday September 20, Dutch racing team DUT Racing attempted to smash the EV acceleration record at Valkenburg Airport with its DUT12 Formula Student racer.

According to DUT Racing, the previous 0-100 kph (about 62 mph) record stood at 2.68 seconds.

The DUT12 accomplished the feat in 2.15 seconds (or 2.13 depending on the source).  This figure is not as quick as top electric dragsters (none of which attempted to best the current record), but it will likely still be quick enough for the Guinness World Record.

“As of yet, it is uncertain whether we may say that we hold the record, Guinness still has to approve, but the future seems bright. The thanking day, in combination with the World Record attempt, was a finish with a bang. On a final and important note, we would like to thank all our supporters for another year of electric (or should we say electrifying?) racing. Be prepared for DUT14!”

DUT Racing choose to use its older DUT12 instead of the DUT13 because older Formula Student rules allows the vehicles to be lighter and with less drag, which makes acceleration marginally quicker.

DUT12 base specification:

General
Wheelbase 1530 mm
Trackwidth 1200 mm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 2.4 s
Top speed 130 km/h
Weight 147 kg
Chassis
Monocoque CFRP – Carbon Fibre Prepregs
Crashnose Aluminium honeycomb
Jackingbar Orange and most awesome
Powertrain
AMK DT5-12-10 4x
Weight 3.7 kg
Maximum power 24 KW
Maximum torque 21 Nm
Battery Pack Capacity 4.2 kWh
Battery Voltage 600 Volts

 

Source: DUT Racing via Electric Vehicle News

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12 responses to "DUT Racing Clocks 2.15 Second Time in 0 to 62 MPH Dash; Is This Guinness World Record Territory? (w/videos)"

  1. Spec says:

    Holy smokes, that is neck-snapping fast. They better have a head-rest.

    Jackingbar Orange and most awesome

    LOL.

    1. GeorgeS says:

      and all that out of 24 kw motor. Doesn’t sound right. Maybe it’s 2, 24 kw motors since it’s 4WD.

      1. Taas says:

        It’s actually 4x 24kW

  2. Dan Frederiksen says:

    Pretty fast but White zombie is faster. But might well be a record for formula student.

    1. Taas says:

      This was also not on a dragstrip, which makes a huge difference for the amount of grip

  3. Dan Frederiksen says:

    And from what I understand it doesn’t matter that it has 4 wheel drive. 2 rear wheels is plenty for acceleration. 4WD is good for cornering and racing though but has no worth for straight acceleration. White Zombie is only RWD. 1.8 seconds to 60mph iirc.
    The limiting factor is the tires at those times. A sport road tire can’t go much below 3 afaik.

    1. Taas says:

      As long as you’re not doing wheelies and you’re not power limited, 4WD will of course be faster.

      1. Dan Frederiksen says:

        wrong. ever seen 4WD dragsters?

  4. Dan Frederiksen says:

    And doing an inexpensive mass produced electric car that does 0-100km/h in less than 3 seconds is quite trivial. That’s what we could all have if the car makers weren’t idiots. That’s what Tesla should do, a new lighter Roadster that’s affordable and blows everything away.
    That would make GM’s eyes grow large with panic. The italians would invite samurais over from japan to commit ritual suicide.
    That would change the world.
    But nooo, idiots abound. Universal rule. Let’s not do the obvious.

    1. Wrenchbert says:

      The issue is that Tesla has to haul around enough batteries to power its cars for 60 miles. These students only needed enough batteries for 100 yards. If you dumped 80% of the Tesla batteries I’d bet it could post 0-60 times in the low 3’s.

      1. Taas says:

        the student built car actually has 6.4kwh on board, and will do at least 22km at race pace. Granted, still not a whole lot, but not exactly 100 yards.
        As for Tesla, the Roadster was their very first attempt at a car. Who knows what they’ll have in store over the next decade.

  5. Dan Frederiksen says:

    It’s funny that it’s actually faster than free fall.