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.