Electric Race Car Sets New World Record: 0-100 KPH In 1.513 Seconds

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Originally published on Gas2.

Last year, we raved about an electric race car built by a team of Swiss university students that goes 0-100 kph (62 mph) in just 1.785 seconds. From a dead stop, it needed only 98 feet of track to get moving that fast.


Designed and built by the Academic Motorsports Club of Zurich (AMZ), the car finished first overall in the 2014 Formula Student competition after winning races in Germany, Austria, and Spain. It is the group’s fifth all electric race car. Nicknamed Grimsel, the electric racer features four 37 kilowatt motors, one for each wheel. Combined, they crank out a mind-bending 1200 lb-ft of torque.

The secret to the car’s astounding performance is its amazingly low weight. The one piece carbon fiber monocoque weighs just 40 pounds. That includes the car’s roll hoops. With suspension, motors, and batteries installed, the car weighs a featherlight 435 pounds. That’s less than many production motorcycles.

The 2016 version of the car is faster still. It just blasted its way to 100 kph from a standing start in an incredible 1.513 seconds. That’s a new world record for an electric car. This year’s car uses the same four 37 kilowatt motors. The difference? This year’s version of the car is even lighter than the 2015 car.

Grimsel is built to compete in a European racing series called Formula Student — also known as Formula SAE. It is a global competition that began in 1981. Teams of students compete in a variety of ways on and off the track. They have to prove their cars on track and defend their design and engineering choices to a panel of experts. They even pitch these cars to fake investors to learn more about marketing their ideas.

The cars do not race each other head to head. There is no NASCAR-style “tradin’ paint.” Instead, they compete in an autocross event that requires them to negotiate an incredibly tight course. Grimsel has four wheel torque vectoring and a sophisticated control program that delivers all the traction each individual wheel can handle, but no more.

Last year we said it would be very, very hard to make Grimsel faster in a straight line. But the students did. Now we are saying it again. It will be very, very hard to beat the new world record. But that won’t keep people from trying.

Source: The Verge  Photo credit: AMZ

Reprinted with permission.

Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Our Latest EVObsession Video

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we've decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But...
Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!
Thank you!

CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.

Steve Hanley

Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Florida or anywhere else The Force may lead him. He is proud to be "woke" and doesn't really give a damn why the glass broke. He believes passionately in what Socrates said 3000 years ago: "The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new."

Steve Hanley has 5264 posts and counting. See all posts by Steve Hanley

7 thoughts on “Electric Race Car Sets New World Record: 0-100 KPH In 1.513 Seconds

  • That would be 1.8 g.

    • That’s only 1.873 g
      How come the slower Tesla feels like 3g?

  • Maybe they can get it lighter with capacitors rather than batteries?

  • Okay, now you just have to make an electric car corner like its combustion engined brother. It’s one thing to make a car accelerate its another to make it corner since a regular car has one thing at it side, the laws of physics. A CE car has less weight to haul around compared to an electric car. That is the main reason why a Formula E will get beaten by a regular F1 car in every aspect.

    • Formula E cars having about 600hp less, treaded tires and tens of millions of dollars of development per year than F1 cars probably has an impact too..

      If you want to see EV and gas vehicles race on roughly equal footing, keep an eye on the Pike’s Peak Hillclimb this week.

    • If EVs could get their power beamed to them the would be very impressive!

  • I was fortunate enough to join a local car club when we spent an evening with the local SAE students. In the club was engineers, doctors, scientists and we were all blown away by the creativity and engineering talent of the students. Whilst they had won the competition a number of times, the techniques, the ideas, the dedication that they had to the team, to science and continually improve was amazing. I encourage all those that could help sponsor, mentor, support or otherwise to look up the teams in their area and give generously. These students are our future and what a future it will be.

Comments are closed.