Students from ETH Zurich and Hochschule Luzern, two universities in Sweden, have developed and successfully demonstrated the world’s fastest accelerating electric vehicle.
A video from Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) captures the historic albeit anti-climactic moment. Fortunately, the production team did a nice job of building up to the actual run in which the vehicle accelerated from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 1.513 seconds.
The electric car, dubbed Grimsel, set the record while covering less than 100 feet of track at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich. The previous record of 1.779 seconds was set by a team from the University of Stuttgart last year.
You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to realize that’s ridiculously fast but if you need some convincing, the first few minutes of the entertaining clip should help put it into perspective.
The time is more than half a second faster than the world’s fastest accelerating production car, the hybrid-electric 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, and nearly a full second faster to 60 than the renowned Bugatti Veyron (and the upcoming Bugatti Chiron). For reference, Tesla’s blistering fast Model S with Ludicrous speed upgrade takes 2.6 seconds to do the same.
Some might be calling foul here as this isn’t a true production car. What’s more, the one-off race car is also incredibly small – hardly bigger than a go-kart. Even still, that’s incredibly fast for anything to reach 60 mph. Job well done!