EV Race Car Sets 0-62 mph World Record (100 km/h) In 1.513 Seconds (w/videos)

JUN 23 2016 BY MARK KANE 12

ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts' "Grimsel" going fast.

ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts’ “Grimsel” going fast.

A student team from Swiss universities ETH Zürich and Hochschule Luzern – Academic Motorsports Club of Zurich (or AMZ), set a new acceleration record for electric vehicles built for Formula SAE.

They achieved 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 1.513 seconds…and also put together a pretty entertaining video around the achievement.

Editor’s note:  bonus video of condensed record run below.

That’s far better than the 1.785 achieved two years ago. Last year, another team bested that result at 1.779 seconds, so now the electric “Grimsel” car is back on the top.

The tiny racer weights just 168 kg and is equipped in 140 kW electric motor.

AMZ - World Record! 0-100kph in 1.513 seconds

AMZ – World Record! 0-100kph in 1.513 seconds

“The Formula Student Team of the Academic Motorsports Association Zurich has made history today: The electric race car «grimsel» accelerated in only 1.513 seconds from 0 to 60 mph (100 kph) and therefore broke the previous Guinness world record for electric vehicles. The former record was held by an electric racecar of the University of Stuttgart with a time of 1.779 seconds. The new record was set at the military airfield in Dübendorf. The vehicle needed less than 30 m to reach a speed of 60 mph.

The team started the day with marking off a 120-meter-long track, which «grimsel» used throughout the day to accelerate from a standstill. Several experts from academia and industry monitored the record attempts to ensure rules compliance with the official Guinness regulations.

In order to eliminate the influence of a potential slope of the track, the acceleration times were calculated as mean values of two consecutive runs in opposite directions. The old record was already beaten in the first attempt of the day. After further fine-tuning of the traction control system and with optimum track and tire temperatures, the fastest time was set during the afternoon.

In order to achieve this record, the team has invested a lot of time into performance tests since winter, which resulted in an improved usage of the motor controllers and an enhanced traction control software. The outcome of this progression has led to today’s success story and to an acceleration unparalleled by any production car in the world.”

Hat tip to Georgek!

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12 Comments on "EV Race Car Sets 0-62 mph World Record (100 km/h) In 1.513 Seconds (w/videos)"

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WOW, Zero to 100 in 1.5 that is quick.
Well done guys, all good fun.

I’d live to take that for a spin just to enjoy the ride. Imagine being pushed backward at near twice your body weight.


So when does it race a Tesla.. LOL.

They only show Tesla race videos when they win.

Opps, I kinda said a negative about Tesla.

Sell your Tesla shares everyone, it’s about to crash!!! Yee haaa! I’m going to get rich shorting that!

It is almost like we did this article today to spite you (of course we didn’t…we often share Model S “losses” to uber-cars as well), lol

Tesla Model S P85D Ludicrous vs Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4

Sorry, it was just a lame joke.

I know you post news based on what would be of interest to us, and it’s much appreciated.

All good, just couldn’t resist commenting when the next story was a Model S loss, (=

One fast golf cart!

Ya, but no supercharging network so it must be crap.

1.45 MW motor to get the same on a Tesla Model 3!