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Drayson Tops 204 MPH – Sets EV Record

Old record stood for 29 years.

by on Jun.27, 2013

Members of the Drayson Racing team celebrate their land speed record.

With all the emphasis on electric propulsion these days, it might seem hard to believe that it’s been 39 years since General Electric – yes, GE – set the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record. But that achievement has finally been bested by a sleek, green Le Mans Prototype dubbed “Lola.”

On an RAF airbase in Yorkshire, England, an 850-horsepower battery-electric vehicle built by Drayson Racing hit a top speed of 204.185 miles per hour during a pair of runs down a 3-kilometer (nearly 2-mile) track.  That was a full 29 mph faster than the 175 mph record set way back in 1974 by the Battery Box General Electric.

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“I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable,” said Lord Paul Drayson, whose firm built the 2,200 battery car, and who personally piloted it during the record run. “It is not the outright speed of 204.185 mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000 kilogram electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile.”

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