Drayson Racing Technologies just set a world record with its new electric-powered prototype racing car, the B12/69EV, at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb. In front of thousands of fans, Paul Drayson’s second timed run of 53.91 seconds placed the car eleventh overall, but made it the fastest electric car in the race. The Goodwood Festival of Speed was the world’s first look at the the technology behind Drayson’s new racing car, which was first unveiled back in January. The unique electric Le Mans prototype racing car attracted a great deal of attention throughout the event, both on and off the track, with the crowds amazed by its performance.
The zero emissions B12/69EV race car is powered by an 850 horsepower electric drivetrain. The car not only impressed the crowd of fans, but Drayson’s technical team was also impressed with the prototype’s reliability and overall performance at the event.
“The car was just stellar today. As the track dried out and we could use all the torque from the electric drive, our times kept improving. I am delighted that we have achieved this record on our first public outing with the car,” stated Lord Drayson, Managing Partner at Drayson Racing Technologies.
“Electric racing is set to transform the future of our sport and through continued advances in technology, we now have a viable alternative to fossil fuels. The Festival of Speed attracts an outstanding number of visitors and is the perfect place for us to demonstrate our car to the public for the first time.”
In addition to its 850 horsepower electric drivetrain, the B12/69EV features new technology like inductive charging that allows the battery to be recharged through charging spots on the floor, effectively doing away with typical charging cables.