Labour peer Lord Drayson has set a new world speed record for electric cars at 204.2mph.

Drayson Racing, the team founded by the former Defence Procurement Minister in 2007, used a Lola B12 69/EV Le Mans series car to perform the record-breaking run at Elvington airbase in Yorkshire.

It comfortably beat the previous 175mph record set in 1974 by Battery Box General Electric.

Lord Drayson himself took to the wheel for the near-silent (and somewhat bumpy) record-breaking run.

While something of a niche presently, electric racing cars are set to make more of an appearance in the future, with both Drayson and Japanese carmaker Nissan revealing that they plan to enter battery electric vehicles into next year's Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race.

The lightweight Lola racing car was used for the record run to conform with FIA regulations that state the car has to weigh less than 1000kg without a driver.

The car’s regular bio-ethanol engine was removed, and replaced with electric motors and a powerful 20kW/h battery pack, giving power equivalent to around 850bhp.

The body was also modified to reduce aerodynamic drag. By the way the car sails up to the record speed, we’d say it’s worked.

Drayson Racing, based in Oxfordshire, primarily focuses on the development of sustainable transport technologies. Most recently it has partnered with wireless charging firm Qualcomm Halo to develop a network of wireless charging points for battery powered cars.

The charging system is currently being trialled in London and if successful, could see the adoption of wireless charging on a wider scale.

Click play below to watch on-board footage of the Drayson Racing Lola B12 69/EV as it breaks the world speed record for electric cars.

Daljinder Nagra


July 1, 2013

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