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Souped-Up Electric VW Bug Goes a Record Breaking 0-60mph in 1.6 Seconds

by , 06/07/11

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The Bugatti Veyron is considered the fastest car in the world with a top speed of 264 mph. With an engine capable of going from 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds, it’s hard to think of a contender who could grab the title. However, here’s one set of set of hot wheels that leaves the Bugatti in the dust. An electric car made from a VW Beetle and a milk float, this daring design can get to 60mph in just 1.6 seconds.

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The vehicle, named Black Current, was designed and built brothers Sam and Olly Young from Berkshire in the United Kingdom. With help from their local pub, who sponsored their creation, the two siblings have broken the world speed record for an electric car. Not just that, but the car produces zero emissions. Take that, Bugatti!

What is even more amazing is that the vehicle is made from a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle and parts of a milk float. (Did you ever think that components from a milk float could make a car go a quarter of a mile in under ten seconds?)

The car is powered by sixty 12-volt motorcycle batteries, but the brothers believe the car can be made faster still, by using a lithium gel battery pack.

Olly said, “We started off with a VW Beetle without an engine. There happened to be a milk float next to it so we joined up the two. We’ve just made improvements year on year, until we got to where we are now.

The design of the Black Current could transform how electric vehicles are perceived by the public. Not only are they green, but they’re fast too. And the fact that the unique vehicle has just won the ‘Zero Emissions’ category at the annual Alternative Energy Racing tournament at Santa Pod should generate a lot of press.

During the event, the car reached a top speed of 133mph, but a week earlier the Black Current smashed speed records by doing a quarter-mile ‘sprint’ in 9.51 seconds with a top speed of 135mph. This achievement made them the brothers the first people to break the 10-second barrier in an electric car.

Olly said, “You can’t imagine how fast it is…nought to sixty in 1.6 seconds is pretty hard to explain. It felt absolutely awesome.”

Huzzah for British ingenuity! Click here to see the super fast VW in action.

+ The Black Current

via The Daily Mail

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3 Comments

  1. Marcus Cavanaugh February 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    One bad ass bug!! Faster han a Bugati off the line And to think this baby is lectric!!

  2. fitela November 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

    And now for news from the future… VW Beetle powered by small turbine goes airborne at dragstrip, kills driver, clocked at 186mph.

  3. henry bowman June 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    When I started reading your article, I thought “Buggati” was a punny name for the VW Bug in the photo. As I read on, it dawned on me that you fellows just don’t know how to spell “Bugatti.”

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