For decades now, automakers have used the famed Nürburgring in Germany as a test bed for performance vehicles. Peugeot recently sent its all-electric EX1 ‘round the ‘Ring, setting a new lap record for EV’s.
The Nürburgring is actually comprised of several interlacing tracks, with the main stretch, the Nordschleife, comprising about 20 km, or almost 13 miles of hairpin turns and long straightaways. On any given day you’ll find just about everything out there, from classic American muscle to hypercars like the McLaren F1.
Peugeot, which is celebrating its 200th birthday, decided to send the EX1 to the ‘Ring to see what kinds of records it could beat. It managed to complete the Nordschleife in just a tick over nine minutes (official time: 9 minutes, 1.333 seconds.) The EX1 managed an average speed of over 138 kph, or 85 mph.
Leave it to the French to make green motorsports competitive. The EX1 isn’t the only example, as Peugeot also has some diesel-hybrid American Le Mans racers putting on a good show. While covering almost 13 miles in 9 minutes certainly sounds impressive, it is about the same time as a Chevy Cobalt SS, and just a few seconds slower than a supercharged Range Rover. However, the 9 minute run was 50 seconds faster than the previous record set by a Mini E EV last April, which was the first time any EV completed the circuit in under ten minutes. That mean’s we’re making steady progress, and at this rate it’ll only be a few more years before EV’s are making a run at the overall track time record. Look out world, the EV racers are coming.
Source: World Car Fans
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