Video: Winter Testing The Drayson B12/69EV Electric Race Car

Britain’s Lord Drayson has grand ambitions for his B12/69EV electric race car, but before he sets anymore records there is still testing to be done. This video takes a look at Drayson’s recent track run at Silverstone Raceway, where some new parts offered the drivers new options.

One of the major components being tested was motor cooling, which appears to have been an issue during Drayson’s record-setting top speed run at Elvington last year. As usual, it was rather wet in merry ol’ England, which gave the driver’s a chance to play with one of the electric race car’s biggest advantages; endless variability.

To put it simply, the B12/69EV can have its traction and power settings tweaked to specific conditions and preferences. While other race cars afford drivers some variability of their own, in the wet conditions at Silverstone the drivers were able to quickly and easily adjust to the slick surface with just a few flips of the switch.

Speaking of which, how awesome is the cockpit of the Drayson electric race car? I dig the speedometer built into the steering wheel, and it defnitely feels like I’m looking at a race car from the future. Lord Drayson is intimately involved in numerous electric motorsports projects, and I’m digging his vision.

I’m starting to get used to the sound of an electric race car too, and while it’s no 426 HEMI in terms of raw intimidation power, that futuristic whining sound is starting to grow on me.

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.