Update: Street-Legal ERA Shaves 57 sec. Off EV 'Ring Record

A few weeks ago, the Finnish electric ERA made a big splash by setting a record for the fastest street-legal EV around the legendary Nurburgring, setting a time of 9 minutes 40 seconds. It has set a new record, covering the 13 miles in just 8 minutes 43 seconds and reaching a top speed of 148 mph – 57 seconds faster than it was last August.

The ERA isn’t the fastest EV to zoom around the Nurburgring – that honor belongs to a Toyota Motorsports EV – but it holds the record there for street-legal electric cars. The ERA goes 0-60 in six seconds, and had an average speed of 88 mph during its record-breaking lap (there’s a DeLorean joke in here somewhere).

Built in the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science, the ERA runs on a high performance electric motor with a peak output of 330 kW (449 HP) and a continuous output of 200 kW (272 HP) – or about 30 more HP than a Tesla Roadster motor’s peak output of 248 HP.

Advanced lithium-titanate batteries and Z G2 eco-tires from Nokian (with super low rolling resistance) also help the ERA run cheaply and efficiently; according to the development team, it costs just 3.48 Euros (about $4.74 USD) per 60 miles.

Check out photos of the ERA and its stopwatch in the gallery, below.

Source | Gallery: Motorvision.

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.