ELVINGTON, England, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
- Lord Drayson takes World Electric Land Speed Record with a speed of 204.185mph, subject to final FIA homologation
- Record breaking speed is an average of two runs completed within an hour in near perfect conditions at Elvington Airfield, England
- First ever EV record using wireless charging by QualcommHalo
Drayson Racing is proud to announce that it has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185mph, subject to FIA homologation.
Former science minister, businessman and racing driver Lord Drayson was behind the wheel of the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype
In near perfect conditions, the Oxford-based sustainable motorsport company smashed the previous 175mph record, which had stood for nearly forty years, by 29.2mph.
As the new world record holder, subject to FIA homologation, Lord Drayson commented: "I'm delighted we beat the record last night and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable. Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we've seen today."
"It is not the outright speed of 204.185mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile. However I've got a great team and world-class partners, such as QualcommHalo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth."
"This is a true celebration of Britain's leading position within the burgeoning electric vehicle industry and I'm delighted to be at the forefront of this electric revolution. Today we have set more British records for acceleration, which I'm also delighted about."
Drayson Racing is a research and development business, pioneering the development of sustainable technologies in the challenging environment of motorsport. With the electric land speed record it intends to showcase what is possible with an electric drivetrain and underscore Britain's leadership position in the EV industry.
Notes to editors:
Drayson Racing Technologies LLP is a research & development business based in the heart of the UK's world-leading motorsport industry at Kidlington, near Oxford, UK. Lord Drayson, a science entrepreneur and the UK Minister for Science and Innovation in the previous government, formed Drayson Racing Technologies to act as a racing laboratory to pioneer the development of sustainable technologies in the challenging environment of motor sport. Since then, Drayson Racing has achieved a number of notable firsts racing second-generation biofuels and latterly focusing on the emerging field of e-racing.
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