Though not yet officially verified by sanctioning body FIA, Lord Paul Drayson claims to have set a new land speed record for electric vehicle weighing 999 kg or less (2,202 pounds or less).
How's 205 MPH Sound to You?
The record-setting runs (average speed from 2 runs performed within one hour, as per record rules), at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, saw Lord Paul Drayson behind the wheel of his now-famous Drayson B12 69.
The unofficial record of 205.139 mph beats Drayson's previous record of 204.185 mph.
Prior to Drayson setting the 204.185-mph speed, the previous record in this class of electric stood at 175 mph for nearly 40 years.
In addition, Drayson Racing claims to have just set 3 more records:
- Average speed over one kilometer at 333.271 km/h
- Fastest quarter mile for EVs at 9.742 seconds and 92.383 mph
- British land speed record any propulsion type vehicle driven by their wheels over one mile from a flying start at 219.1 mph
“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."