British racing pioneer Lord Drayson is bringing his record-setting B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype to the Bonneville Salt Flats to chase the electric land speed record. His quest for the electric land speed record starts today, and he could soon become the fastest man powered purely by electricity.
Back in June Lord Drayson took to the much-shorter Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, England, where his 1,000 kilogram/2,200 pound electric race car went over 204 mph in the standing mile. That is fast enough for a British electric land speed record, but Lord Drayson is hoping to max out the lightweight EV this time.
Drayson’s B12 69/EV packs a 30 kWh battery and four electric motors good for 800 horsepower, and can reach 100 mph in just 5 seconds. Just how fast he will go is anybody’s guess, though the overall electric land speed record held by OSU’s Buckeye Bullet is probably safe from Drayson’s efforts. Unlike the Buckeye Bullet, however, Drayson’s B12 69/EV has ambitions of one day competing in endurance races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This isn’t Drayson’s only electric racing effort either, as he has his hands deep into the Formula E series as well, showcasing the versatility of electric race cars. He has between today and September 18th to make his record-setting run, and I’ll be rooting for the limey Brit’s ambitious electric racing goals.