The Green Team Formula students from University of Stuttgart, in Germany, have created an electric vehicle that can run from 0 to 62 milers per hour in just 1.779 seconds. The German students set a new electric car speed record.
The students reached these speeds by running a fully electric vehicle equipped with all-wheel-drive. All four wheels receive the torque instantly from the four electric motors. Couple that with the extremely low curb weight of nearly 353 pounds, and that’s a recipe for tremendous acceleration.
Compare the students’ acceleration other vehicles. The Porsche 918 Spyder can make the trip in just 2.5 seconds, depending on who is doing the driving and the timing. An Ariel Atom 500—you know, the one with the 3.0-liter V-8—can apparently rip off a 2.3-second run. A modern F1 car can usually make the 0-60-mph run in just over two seconds.
Few vehicles accelerate more quickly than this. Top Fuel Dragsters will win the race to 60 miles per hour or 100 kilometers per hour, but those are the fastest accelerating things outside of vehicles capable of leaving this planet. They make the 0-60-mph dash in around half a second, but can’t really be driven like a normal car.
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