Record-Setting Student Race Car Compared To Formula E Racer

With just two races left on its schedule, the inaugural Formula E season is still far from settled. Beginning next season, teams will be allowed to start modifying their racing machines to a much larger degree as design regulations are lifted.

Perhaps some of the teams will go talk to the Swiss university students behind Grimsel, the record-setting Formula Student race car that goes from 0 to 60 MPH in just 1.785 seconds. That’s about half the time it takes the highly-regarded Tesla P85D to reach the same speed. Even the cutting-edge Spark-Renault Formula E race cars don’t seem to be a match for the four-wheel drive electric monster from a nation that has outlawed motorsports for 60 years.

What’s more, there’s an entire generation of fresh-faced engineering students entering a world where electric vehicles are now in-vogue. We’re only seeing the very beginnings of what I’m sure are many astounding innovations in the field of vehicle electrification.

If some students from Switzerland can build a better Formula E racer than some of the most talented and best-funded teams in the world, imagine what electric racing might look like just five or ten years from now?

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.