Video: Drayson Racing Sets New 204 MPH EV Record

michelin-drayson-electric-speed-recordElectric vehicles are really starting to come into their own, and long-standing records for range and performance are starting to fall. Yesterday Drayson Racing took down a 39-year old record for electric vehicle top speed in the standing mile, blowing past the previous record of 175 mph and crossing the 200 mph mark, a huge step for electric vehicles the world over.

England’s Lord Drayson is a huge proponent of electric vehicles, and his unique racing EV set a new FIA world record for EVs in the standing mile at 204.185 mph. The 850 horsepower B12 69/EV sports a 30 kWh battery pack, and runs on the same tires used in Le Mans prototype racers. This is an electric race car designed for competition, and it shows.

“I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable,” said Lord Drayson. “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.”

Of course, Drayson’s EV still falls far short of the 307 mph run of Ohio State’s Buckeye Bullet streamliner, but it is a big step towards seeing genuine electric race cars competing on the track. The Formula E season, which Drayson is a big part of, can’t come soon enough.

Source: Drayson Racing

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.