A team of 30 Swiss students have created the fastest-accelerating car in the world – and it’s 100% electric. In just 1.513 seconds, the Grimsel race car can go from zero to 60 miles per hour (100 km/h) — in fact, it’s half a second faster than Tesla’s “Ludicrous Mode” for the Model S. The car managed to reach this speed after covering less than 98 feet (30 meters) of track at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich.
The previous world acceleration record was 1.779 seconds, a time claimed last year by a team from the University of Stuttgart. To achieve this lightning-fast acceleration, the team constructed the car from mostly carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb, installed four-wheel drive, and integrated an onboard computer to apply traction control to each individual wheel. In addition to its speed, the car is incredibly lightweight at only 370 lbs (168 kg).
The Grimsel also features a custom motor developed by the student team, who say they were unable to find any existing motors on the market that suited their purposes. In fact, the tires, cells for the battery, motor controls, and some of the small electronic components are the only parts of the car that were purchased or sponsored by outside companies. The rest of the vehicle was created custom for a student racing competition.
The Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ), the team behind the car, is made up of students from ETH Zurich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts for the Formula Student competition. Despite these university affiliations, the team is financially independent and receives sponsorship from a number of sources. The Grimsel is the fifth electric car created by AMZ’s members since 2010, although the team originally started out building cars with combustion engines in 2006.
Via The Verge
Images via ETH Zurich